This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum. Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in textiles.
In this project, you will create a woven basket out of locally sourced materials.
To complete this Badge Bit, you must:
- Post a picture of you collecting your local materials (e.g. grass, willow, blackberry brambles, stinging nettles, cedar bark, etc) for the basket weaving
- Post a picture of your pile of locally sourced materials
- Post a picture of your woven basket in progress
- Post a final picture of your woven basket that is 4" across and 3" deep
The completed woven basket might look something like this:
Here's an overview of the steps for making a locally sourced woven basket.
Harvesting Local Materials
First, you need to collect local materials for basket weaving. This might be willow branches, sweetgrass, blackberry bramble stems, cedar bark, or another appropriate local material.
Willow branches for weaving:
Sweetgrass for weaving:
Blackberry bramble stems for weaving:
Collecting Cedar Bark for weaving:
Prepare Your Material for Basket Weaving
Second, it will be necessary to make the material you have collected pliable for basket weaving.
Preparing willow branches:
Preparing cedar bark:
Weave Your Basket
Weaving a willow basket:
Weaving a blackberry bramble basket:
Weaving a cedar bark basket:
You now have a wonderful locally sourced woven basket that you have made yourself! :)
I tried to make a basket this week with prunings from the plum tree. I learned that this is not the best material to make a basket with. The thicker branches have no bend and the thinner branches like to break.
Bill Anderson wrote:Never made a basket in my life. Had a bunch of grapevines that were trimmed off the monster we have out back. Figured I'd give it a try. Ended up kinda ugly but functional if you put big things in it.
Yours turned out a WHOLE LOT better than mine! I was peeling bark off of cedar trees to turn them into an arbor, so I thought I'd try to use the strips of cedar to make a basket. I don't think mine even has a chance of being functional!
I finally managed to make a basket! After trying with grass, trailing blackberry , a weird native willow, and cedar bark, I tried using nettle and blackberry fibres. It's not the best basket, but it it made! I learned a lot through it, and got a lot better toward the end. I lost a view of the vertical weavers on accident, but, hey, it's done!