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Topic: Basketry 101/Paper Coil Yarn Baskets with TUTORIAL LINK!  (Read 3501 times)
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« on: August 16, 2006 10:17:28 AM »

Back in the mid 1980's when I was living in Alaska, I loved the baskets the Eskimos made and was determined to learn.  I signed up for a coil basket class and went about making a bunch as gifts and entered one in the Fur Rendevous festival winning Division Champion.

Just recently, I recalled the basket making technique and thought I'd share how I make these.  I've set up a tutorial http://www.maizehutton.com/coilbasket.html on my website if you're interested in making one.

Mine are made with paper twist and yarn.  They're very easy to make and you can complete one in an evening once you get the hang of it.

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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2006 10:26:34 AM »

So cool - your tutorial is easy to follow. Good job.

« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2006 10:28:03 AM »

Thanks for sharing this.  I live up north too, and the Inuit ladies here also make beautiful grass baskets.  I've tried this same technique using rope for the coils and cut fabric strips to weave around.  This produced some very interesting results.

 I love yours with the paper coils and yarn.  You certainly deserved your prize!!!!

I imagine the grass baskets take alot of work though, since the grass must be prepared a certain way.

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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2006 11:14:11 AM »

thanks SO much for this wonderful tutorial:)

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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2006 11:49:26 AM »

Wow!! That is amazing! Very clever of you.

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I made these last year in school for art. We had a week left before classes ended and were finished with our projects. Theyre rather addicting to make
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« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2006 07:03:18 PM »

Oh wow... I remember making these in Art class years ago.  We never made a full basket with a top. I really like these a lot more than the ones we made. 

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« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2006 07:58:30 PM »

I was just reading in one of my craft books on how to make baskets from pine needles..this looks much easier...thanks so much for the tute.. Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2006 04:30:47 AM »

Thanks for that great tutorial - I would never have guessed that's how they're done!

Just letting you know that your link to the Craft Yarn Council doesn't seem to work (I think there's a spelling mistake in  /projects/ )
Anyway, I found the site and this is it:

Thanks again, it's always a pleasure going to your site and looking around!  I can't wait to try some of those baskets.


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« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2006 06:08:24 AM »

How big was your winning basket?
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