Sunday, May 6, 2012

Multi-Colored Egg Basket

Traditional basket makers from the Appalachian mountains begin the process of making an egg basket by searching for a tall straight oak tree about 6 inches in diameter.  Once found, the tree is cut and the tedious task of cutting the wood into splints, weavers and handles by hand begins.  The resulting woven twin bottom egg basket is a natural color.

Like most contemporary basket makers I skip the tree search and preparation of materials  by weaving my baskets using a combination of round and flat reed.  I also dye the reed in a rainbow of hues.   I like to experiment with color combinations in my baskets. 

           This 10 inch egg basket is woven with a blues, greens, violets and burgundy weavers.  

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