Nicole Alderman wrote:I don't have any ideas right now for sustainable materials--weaving is not something I've ever done! But, I wanted to say that your creations look AMAZING! Thank you for sharing them .
R Ranson wrote:Oh wow, those are brilliant.
I too have chemical sensitivities and have turned to crafting as a source of comfort and income. I'm more yarn based, but I hope to learn basketry soon.
common theads has some instruction on how to gather basket making material from Himalayan blackberries. I'm keen to try it this summer. I wonder if other invasive species would make good baskets - it certainly would be a good selling point.
Lina Joana wrote:Here in Maryland, Wisteria is a great source. It grows vigorously enough to be considered invasive (at least that asian variety does), and it sends runners along the ground that are great for baskets right away - I used them in winter, no soaking required, and the baskets have held up well.
Next up - Kudzu. Wish me luck...
Cindy Skillman wrote:Hmm... bindweed? I never thought of using it for baskets, but we do have plenty of it.
Cécile Stelzer Johnson wrote:
I love it when something that folks do not want in their yard could actually be made into something useful. Since it is a fast growing perennial vine that is highly invasive in the south folks should be able to get it for the asking, perhaps even be paid to eradicate it for free!. Talk about win-win! I heard that the roots are edible, but I suspect they are not really good or folks would fight over them.
Josephine Howland wrote:
What about grapevines? We have wild grapes all over the place here. We have wild blackberry and raspberry shrubs around here but I agree about thorns.
Cindy Skillman wrote:Holy smokes! I wonder if they sold any. I can see, actually, people with ornamental fireplaces doing that—not many birch trees in Florida, for example. My mom always wanted a basket of birch logs by the fireplace. We got them when we visited grandparents here where I live now. Not everyone who wants pretty logs has that option.
We had a storm like that one you describe 5-6 years ago. There are still aspens bowed almost to the ground. They never recovered. I pulled ours’s tips out of the snow but I couldn’t do the whole forest. The snow never melted that winter. We had four feet not counting drifts and after that it just kept piling up. That’s a huge amount for the Black Hills. I can see how you’d be looking for birch projects. Some people just take off the bark and sew it into baskets (assuming large enough wood, of course). That makes some nice, useable containers.