The Bean Pot Basket’s shape was used by early American
basket makers.These baskets were often
woven using rye straw which was readily accessible.I have used flat reed and flat oval reed to
recreate this design.
Like the gathering basket I made last week this basket also
uses two colors for the splints and has a double bottom. The red spokes are visible on the inside of the basket and the cream spokes are seen on the outside bottom.This
basket’s sides flare out and then taper back to form the desired shape and
size.Two metal loops were added to opposite
spokes before the rim was attached by lashing.The loops allow the metal handle to be attached to the basket and swing freely.
This double bottom round gathering basket wasanother basket I made during my
time at Common Ground 2012 in Joyce Schaum’sSplint Woven Basket class.
The basket begins with eight natural colored splints woven
in a circular web pattern.This becomes
the visible bottom base of the basket.Once the base
is about nine inches in diameter eight colored splints are added on top of the natural colored web.They are woven into the base, alternating
with the natural splints. These colored splints make up the visible inside base of the basket.
The sides are gradually raised up to form a round
container.This basket is eight inches
high and fourteen inches in diameter.I
added two side handles.
This past week I enrolled in a Splint Woven Basket class as
part of Traditions Week 1 of CommonGround on the Hill held at
McDaniel College in Westminster, MD.Each afternoon I joined other basketmakers as we each wove a splint
picnic basket under the direction of Joyce Schaum, a nationally known, award
winning Maryland basketmaker. It is so much fun to make baskets in the company
of others, sharing laughs, tips and techniques.
The functional basket began with weaving a filled 12” x 18”
base with natural colored splints.The
splints were then raised up to form the sides of the basket.I added a decorative pattern using a navy
weaver.Once the sides reached 6 1/2”
high, an inner and outer rim was added and lashed to the basket.The handles were attached to this rim.Four more inches of weaving tapered in and
formed a smaller opening which was rimed and lashed.
A lid is woven separately using both wide splints and narrow
weavers.I added matching navy bands of
color to tie it to the picnic basket.The 13” x 23” lid can also be
used as a low serving tray.
A heart basket starts as a flat reed woven pattern mocking a heart shape. As the sides are turned up the curved humps of the heart are formed with each row added.
Any color reed can be used to weave a heart basket, but I often use red reed for the base. Red helps to emphasize the heart shape and creates an alternating pattern with the natural reed used for the side weavers.