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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 at least 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.

Step
1

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:




Step
2

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 Beargrass:


Preparing cedar bark:




Step
3

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! :)
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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.



Then I remembered that I had actually made a basket two years ago which I posted a bit about in this thread

Raw material: New Zealand Flax



Work in progress:



Finished basket:




I also made  another basket over here.  
Staff note (paul wheaton) :

I think I need something for scale. Maybe the fabric that the basket is on is super coarse?

 
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Staff note (paul wheaton): I think I need something for scale. Maybe the fabric that the basket is on is super coarse?



It is super-coarse, but I think you're right.  We need to show the scale.

Sadly, I lost the basket since I made it.

I'll see what materials I can harvest for a new basket.  
 
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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.
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Piled on the ground
Piled on the ground
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Cutting the vines
Cutting the vines
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The wheelbarrow piled up
The wheelbarrow piled up
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First cut
First cut
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A start
A start
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Finished basket
Finished basket
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I hereby certify this BB as complete!

 
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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!
 
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Gave a couple more a try. If they sell, I may make more. The Farmers Market is on Wednesdays and Saturdays. We shall see. Too bad the pics can't be turned.

Oh yeah, im not hunting for extra badge bits, I figured I'd just share.
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In order of being made
In order of being made
 
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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!
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nettle patch
nettle patch
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Blackberries and nettle, now brocken with the rolling pin and the fibres removed
Blackberries and nettle, now brocken with the rolling pin and the fibres removed
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Base woven
Base woven
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Messily woven
Messily woven
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view of the bottom
view of the bottom
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nettle on top, blackberry on the bottom
nettle on top, blackberry on the bottom
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home woven basket
home woven basket
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I hereby certify this BB as complete!

 
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This is the hardest BB for me.  Last winter I damaged my hand due to a careless moment with a knife.  Trying to make a basket with my non-dominant hand is challenging.  

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Blackberries. A bit old as the skin was difficult to get off whole, but it still works.
Blackberries. A bit old as the skin was difficult to get off whole, but it still works.
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I knock the thorns and branches off with the billhook, then crush the stems. After that the skin is fairly easy to peal off.
I knock the thorns and branches off with the billhook, then crush the stems. After that the skin is fairly easy to peal off.
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That's the skins from three canes
That's the skins from three canes
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weaving in progress
weaving in progress
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weaving a blackberry basket
weaving a blackberry basket
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the base is done, now for the sides of the basket
the base is done, now for the sides of the basket
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basket complete
basket complete
Staff note (Nicole Alderman) :

I hereby certify that this Badge Bit is complete!

 
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The basket has to be woven, hasn't it?
I know a different technique to make a basket out of plant material, but it isn't weaving. So probably I won't earn a BB with that ...
 
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Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:The basket has to be woven, hasn't it?
I know a different technique to make a basket out of plant material, but it isn't weaving. So probably I won't earn a BB with that ...


What technique are you talking about?  Maybe it would be a fit for the next level badge (Straw level)?
 
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