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Basket Making Is Fun and Easy

Aug 18, 2007
Have you ever wondered how such beautiful basket creations are crafted through the practice of basket-making? Basketry is an art form. Each basket, being handcrafted, is unique and no two baskets will be exactly alike. You can create a basket, your very own work of art, to just your specifications, needs, and desires.

From baskets made to adorn your walls to baskets made for gift-giving purposes, you need to know about the materials used for basket-making. Each type of basketry is different. Many kinds of baskets are woven from rattan. Rattan is a type of palm that grows in India and comes in different shapes and sizes, each fitting in with a different specialized use. Rattan is a rather brittle material and needs to be soaked before using it successfully.

Raffia can be used for smaller projects. Raffia is imported from Madagascar and, depending on your project, some raffia will want to be braided. While raffia is not brittle like rattan, it is helpful to slightly dampen the material before beginning to work with it for some purposes. More tips for working with the materials can be found at the web site listed below.

The fiber rush is another component often used in basket-making. Rush comes in a flat or braided variety. In the Carolinas, they weave sweet-grass into specialty baskets, according to methods handed down from generation-to-generation, originating in Africa. It is a highly revered tradition.

Over-and-under weaving is the most basic type of pattern and the one used most often in basketry. It is, of course, combined with more complex weaving methods and patterns to create your one-of-a-kind basket.

Some baskets are created to serve a work purpose; others are made principally to become a decoration in your home. Everyone has a different idea regarding the shape, size, and pattern of the perfect basket. With basket-making as such a unique art form, baskets can be created to go along with everyone's concept of the ideal basket. If you can dream it, visual it, chances are you can create it. The options are as boundless as your imagination.

You can create baskets with or without handles, depending on your desire or need. These can range from the simplest handle to the most intricate of patterns. Handles serve useful purposes as well as being an extra amenity to decorate your creation.

Basketry is a useful talent and hobby for your child to learn, as a child learns quickly and their nimble fingers are able to weave the reeds swiftly about as they create a design. Their small hands and fingers are agile and able to work deftly with the materials of basket-making.

The finishing process allows you to confirm your basket as uniquely yours. At this time, you can decide to add color to your work with a vegetable dye or let it remain in its natural color. You can choose to polish it or leave it in its original state.
About the Author
From the simplest basket making projects to the most complex basketry, learn more about how you, too, can create these works of art by visiting Pat Jackson's web site at: http://www.basketmakingexplained.com
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