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I needed something to do on the first beautiful sunshiny day this year, so I decided to weave a basket.  My nightshade vines were looking pretty unruly, so why not use them?  They were just a little green as if their sap had just barely started to run.  This is my first basket ever and I just improvised and went for it.
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Vines needed thinned.
Vines needed thinned.
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Vines stripped and ready to weave
Vines stripped and ready to weave
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Half way through
Half way through
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Will it hold?!?!?!
Will it hold?!?!?!
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I do not have micro head, so this basket certainly fits the size requirement.
I do not have micro head, so this basket certainly fits the size requirement.
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Hi everyone! This is my first BB response!!

I harvested willows from some friend's property alongside a river. They were happy for me to do a little pruning.  The willows were green, which I learned is not ideal for weaving. But I'm hoping to collect some cuttings this summer and save them for next year. I really enjoyed this project and would like to work on this some more.







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Measure size of woven basket
Measure size of woven basket
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Top view showing base construction
Top view showing base construction
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4 1/2 inches diameter
4 1/2 inches diameter
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The willows I used to construct the basket
The willows I used to construct the basket
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Part way through construction
Part way through construction
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To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
-  make a woven basket
-  minimum size: 4" across and 3" deep

To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pics or video (less than two minutes):
 -  your raw materials
 -  your woven basket in-progress
 -  your completed woven basket showing it meets the minimum size

Gulf Muhly Grass was harvested for this project.  The Gulf Muhly twine made for another Textile BB was used to make this basket along with Gulf Muhly clumps.  This project was very messy due to the grass clumps going everywhere.  Didn't believe I would be able to use it because of how it looked during the process.  Turned out to look like a Bird's Nest...or a Top Hat if turned upside down.  Go figure!  Lol.


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Raw material
Raw material
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Base completed
Base completed
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Part way through the weaving process
Part way through the weaving process
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Cousin IT
Cousin IT
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Taking Shape
Taking Shape
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Finished height ovwe four inches
Finished height ovwe four inches
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Correct width
Correct width
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Finished birds'nest basket
Finished birds'nest basket
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Note: beautiful bird's nest!

 
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I've made a couple smaller baskets in the past, but this one is much larger. I'm pretty happy with it!
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Blackberry vines
Blackberry vines
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Midway through
Midway through
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Completed basket
Completed basket
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After I harvested broomcorn seeds last year, I noticed the stalks were smooth and straight like bamboo. So I saved some and learned basket weaving by watching bamboo weaving videos online. Here I made an oval egg basket sturdy enough to hold over 20 eggs, about 3 day's worth from my pullets. The finished basket measures 9"x12"x4".
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Broomcorn stalks harvested last year
Broomcorn stalks harvested last year
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Materials and tools for egg basket
Materials and tools for egg basket
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Processing with a knife
Processing with a knife
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In progress
In progress
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Finished measurement
Finished measurement
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Side view to show height
Side view to show height
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Note: I hearby certify this complete. Sweet basket!

 
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Basket weaving is something I have wanted to try my hand at for a long time. I harvested willow from a roadside this morning. The base was supose to be 8.5" across - before i put the stakes in the bottom it almost 11".

The biggest take away for me is that my willow is too thick for easy weaving. Straightness of the stakes is a really big deal (i thought i could persuade them - ha ha! )
It's a little wonky and I'm very proud of it.
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fresh willow
fresh willow
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getting started
getting started
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looking ok!
looking ok!
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bottom done!
bottom done!
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stakes inserted and tied up
stakes inserted and tied up
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nearly done
nearly done
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completed basket
completed basket
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This was my first basket. I made it with smoked reeds. Happy with how it turned out!
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instructions to follow
instructions to follow
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reeds and tools
reeds and tools
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starting the base
starting the base
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progress
progress
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progress
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Note: I certify this BB complete.  Well done.  Great detail

 
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Here is my woven basket. I used palm leaves, asd I can imagine weaving with a stiff material would be quite a different experience!

Weaving like this, with idiosyncratic materials, gives me such an appreciation for our machined materials and tools. Material that's the same width and thickness across its length? Yeah, not today.

Minimum requirements are:
-  make a woven basket
-  minimum size: 4" across and 3" deep

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 -  your woven basket in-progress
 -  your completed woven basket showing it meets the minimum size
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The tree said I could have this
The tree said I could have this
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Leaves stripped from the frond
Leaves stripped from the frond
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Start
Start
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Turning the corner
Turning the corner
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Four walls up
Four walls up
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Action shot!
Action shot!
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More than 3" deep
More than 3" deep
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More than 4" wide
More than 4" wide
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Dave Burton wrote: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 from plant material like willow branches, bark, or vining plants.  Harvesting or foraging plant material is encouraged but not required for this BB.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 -  make a woven basket
 -  minimum size: 4" across and 3" deep

To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pics or video (less than two minutes):
  -  your raw materials
  -  your woven basket in-progress
  -  your completed woven basket showing it meets the minimum size

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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Note: I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete! Cute little basket!

 
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Dave Burton wrote: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 from plant material like willow branches, bark, or vining plants.  Harvesting or foraging plant material is encouraged but not required for this BB.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 -  make a woven basket
 -  minimum size: 4" across and 3" deep

To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pics or video (less than two minutes):
  -  your raw materials
  -  your woven basket in-progress
  -  your completed woven basket showing it meets the minimum size

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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Here are the materials, I used snail vine
Here are the materials, I used snail vine
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Here’s the completed basket
Here’s the completed basket
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Nicole Alderman approved this submission.
Note: I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete! Nicely woven!

 
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