A roadmap to learning basket making, workshop project ideas.

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From teaching extensively in person and online for many years, I have come to find that a set way to teach basket making techniques that takes you through the basics, building techniques up by difficulty with each specific basket, is the best way to learn and get a thorough grounding in the techniques. This way you develop a fluency to weaving that you otherwise would not get from adding techniques willy-nilly. The program I like to work through is outlined below. Please do know that practice is also highly recommended, the best way to learn is by doing, over and over again, and to make mistakes to learn from. Note that this program is a guideline and that before each workshop we will discuss what you would like to learn and what your skill level is so your time weaving will be tailored to your needs.

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Round work

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  1. Small round basket
  2. Round shopping basket
  3. Log basket
  4. Skib
  5. Asymmetric basket
  6. Belly basket

Extra:

  1. Rope coil bowl/tray
  2. Laundry basket
  3. Lampshade
  4. Standing lamp
  5. Fitching from split base

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Oval work

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  1. Oval tray
  2. Oval shopping basket with flared sides
  3. Oval flower basket
  4. Oval handbag baskets with Jenny Crisp base (Catalan)
  5. Oval frame base shopper
  6. Oval picnic basket with lid
  7. Oval pet basket with stop and start border
  8. Fitched oval shopper

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D-shaped

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  1. Bike basket
  2. Fishing creel with lid

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Square work

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  1. Square hold all with round corners
  2. Square shopping basket/tool basket
  3. Cutlery tray with dividers
  4. Square flower basket
  5. Square log basket

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sculptural work

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