I thought it might be fun to offer a short tour of basket making. My sister taught me this craft years ago. I can't seem to get enough of it! There are always new colors and patterns to explore, and new ways to embellish a piece.
Here we go...
First, I wrap reinforced cotton rope with fabric cut into strips. Sometimes I use fabric scraps that quilter friends and family send my way. Sometimes a generous clothing designer will share pieces. Sometimes I use fabric from gently used clothing.
|My pile of possibilities|
If I am making a round basket, I start by pinning the wrapped rope into a small coil. Like this...
Then, starting from the very first curve in the coil, I zig zag around and around, watching as the pattern unfolds. This is the fun part!
|A pattern emerges|
When I am ready to shape the sides of the piece, I bend the disc, forcing the rope to turn upon itself. This part can get a little tricky at first, but with practice...
|Working the sides|
Another important ingredient to my process is a visit from my cat, Dusty. Fortunately, he has learned to stay out of the way...
|Hanging out (of the way)|
Lately, I have been embellishing the top of my baskets with a bit a ribbon. I love the striped pattern. Here, I leave a long piece of ribboned rope, which I use to create a design on the basket's side.
I pin a swirl pattern onto the basket and tac it down with needle and thread.
|The final touch|
And voila! My Independence basket is complete.
I hope this encourages you to be creative today.
You can see all my baskets in my shop, SquareCircleWorks on Etsy.