The creating of a basket begins with cotton-wrapped clothesline. The cord is hand-wrapped and glued using only fine quality batik quilting fabric, some of it hand-dyed, which I hand-wash, press, and cut into ¾” strips using a rotary quilting cutter. After several feet of cord are wrapped, I secure the starting point by hand, after which a zig-zag stitch can be used to sew and shape the basket. I rarely buy more than ½ yd. of any fabric, and that fabric might appear in several baskets. Because I use three or four fabrics in a single basket, no two baskets are ever alike. I carefully choose the fabric for each basket and create a pattern as I wrap, glue, and sew. Detailed bead work can be seen in the bottom of each basket and as a finishing edge to each creation. I often use objects from nature, such as feathers, twigs from my apple trees, or grape vines to decorate the baskets.
Those baskets which resemble “pottery” are actually two baskets: after completing the bottom basket, I make a second basket using a template which I then remove. The second basket is inverted, having been made to fit the bottom basket, and double-stitched, by hand, from the inside, each ¼” around the basket. The beads or stones are then double-knotted over those same stitches so they are not visible. Once a basket is completed, it is treated with Scotch Guard so that it may be spot cleaned if necessary. NO PART OF THE BASKET MAKING PROCESS IS DONE BY ANYONE BUT ME! The time “invested” in making a single basket ranges from 10 to 18 hours, with the “pottery” baskets being the most time-intensive.
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