A Little Bit of Background

“I have loved baskets ever since I received my first wooden-lidded picnic basket as a wedding shower gift 38 years ago.”


My Granddaughter in a Basket
My Granddaughter - Lauren

Our home has since been decorated with baskets; we carried our babies' necessities in “diaper baskets”; I have hidden the Scotch, masking, and duct tapes in market baskets, (so it's there when needed); our kitchen is filled with bread baskets, muffin baskets, napkin and paper plate baskets, utensil baskets, and casserole baskets; the laundry is hauled in wash-day baskets; our books are held in magazine or carry-all baskets; library books are transported to and fro in leather handled tote baskets; etc., etc., etc., grin In other words, I am never found without a basket in hand!

Although my love for baskets has covered the last three decades, I was not actually "hands on" involved until the summer of 1991 when I was introduced to basket weaving. At the time, our family lived and worked at a Christian camp in northern Wisconsin, and a lady from Milwaukee was attending a week-long family camp. She was an avid basket maker, and so she offered a class out on the deck of the dining hall. Being on a tight budget with a family of seven, I did not even have the $10 material fee needed to take the class. But a good friend paid my fee, and we spent a beautiful afternoon weaving our first baskets. I was immediately hooked! Up to that point in life, I had enjoyed many other types of crafts, but now, basket weaving quickly moved into first place.

“Since that memorable summer afternoon 24+ years ago, I have woven over 8400 baskets, taught hundreds of classes, and designed a countless number of patterns.”

My Grandson in a Basket
My Grandson - Jack

I am currently teaching basketry for adult community education in four different public school districts. It is always such a joy to share in a new student's delight with the completion of their first basket weaving project.

I create and weave all of our baskets in our own home shop. We have been blessed with a restored 1916 country farmhouse on a 20-acre hobby farm located in eastern Minnesota, and have had nine children, three of which are still at home. (The others keep coming back home with more!) We have a large vegetable garden, a dozen apple trees, a long row of raspberries, and lots of flowers in the summer. We raise chickens and turkeys, keep honeybees, and had three horses, an old dog and a varying number of farm cats. There are bikes in the dirt driveway, a swing set in the back yard, and two small ponds out in the pasture. All in all, it is a great place to raise a family and — WEAVE BASKETS!

 

The Basket Blog

Weaving with Leather Handles

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Here is a tutorial that demonstrates the steps for adding leather handles to the rim of a basket. From bushel handles on storage baskets to leather strapping for totes,...

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A New Take on Custom Handles

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Weaving to fit specific sizes is standard operating procedure, but this project took design to another level by adding dowel rods as handles.

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April ‘17 Free Pattern

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Our Victorian Easter Baskets are great for collecting up all of those sweet treats the Easter Bunny leaves behind. The rim is woven with an intricate scallop and double braid...

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57727 Cloverdale Road
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