Weaving baskets with small round reed used to evoke memories of flimsy containers with wooden bases woven at Girl Scout camp. Consequently I seldom used round reed in my baskets. That is until I had the opportunity to take a Cherokee basket workshop lead by Peggy Brennan at Common Ground held in July at
. Brennan’s knowledge of basketry and
enthusiasm for promoting the role of basketry in the Cherokee culture is
inspiring. Under her tutorage I learned
the basics for weaving a double wall basket.
Double wall baskets are extremely sturdy and not at all like my childhood attempts. The basket base is woven first and the sides are pulled up and shaped as you weave. At the desired height of the basket the reed is flipped down and a second wall of weaving is woven over the basket shape until it reaches the base. Once this basic process is learned you can manipulate colors, patterns and shapes to create a basket that is uniquely your own.
I have come to love experimenting with color combinations and different shapes and heights of my double wall baskets. I hope you enjoy some of results shown.