The Basket Blog Archive


December ‘18 Free Pattern

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Welcome in the holiday season with the Holly Berry Basket. This square-to-round basket measures 5” x 5” base and flares out to a 7” round top. Colorful “holly berries” are woven on the sides of the basket with dyed hunter green and cranberry red reeds. The Holly Berry Basket is...

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November ‘18 Pattern

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Do you need the perfect Christmas gift for your littles?  How about weaving a Wooden Bottom Toy Basket ... whether holding Thomas the Tank Engine or Barbie & all her friends, this large storage basket serves as both a functional container and a beautiful home decoration. The solid wooden...

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Custom Work - Triangles

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Every so often, we get emails from people who have no idea what to do with that awkward, triangle built-in cabinet space. How to prevent a cluttered look? A triangle basket, of course!

Sandee had this request:

“I need a triangular-shaped basket with one handle on the hypotenuse side....

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October ‘18 Pattern

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Perfect for hats & mittens, craft projects, books & magazines, or small loads of laundry, the Oval Storage Basket is the ticket. Measuring 10” x 16” filled base with 8” sides, it is solidly woven, sturdy, and a great way to store just about anything! Every room in your home would be a...

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September ‘18 Pattern

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School has started so why not bless your child’s teacher with a Teacher’s Tote Basket? 

Teacher's Tote Basket

Any lever of weaver will enjoy this fun project so click the .pdf link below to download your free pattern.  (Please be certain you are using a device that has an app capable of reading .pdf files.)...

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August ‘18 Pattern

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Designed to be used by an avid woodworker, this Wood Carver’s Tool Tote is both attractive and functional. Whether you utilize it to transport carving tools or not is up to you; the options are endless for a versatile tote like this!

Wood Carver's Tool Tote

Any lever of weaver will enjoy this fun project so...

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July ‘18 Pattern

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Whether the Square-to-Round Laundry Basket is hauling wash out to the clothesline or storing quilts in the corner of the great room, it is sure to provide years of usefulness.

Square-to-Round Laundry Basket

Any lever of weaver will enjoy this fun project so click here to purchase the Square-to-Round Laundry Basket...

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June ‘18 Pattern

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There is always a lot of stuff that must be kept close at hand yet out of sight ... tape, scissors, rulers, scratch paper & pens. How can that be accomplished and still preserve your great room’s primitive decor? The answer is our Shelf Basket

Shelf Basket

Any lever of weaver will enjoy this fun...

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May ‘18 Pattern

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Whether used out of doors as a home for a little wren family or placed inside as a decorative conversation piece, the Birdhouse Basket is sure to be enjoyed by all.

Birdhouse Basket

This wooden lidded basket measures 5” x 5 1/2” base by 9” tall sides and has a wire handle for hanging. There is a little...

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April ‘18 Pattern

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The Painted Primitive Front Porch Basket would look great hanging just about anywhere in your primitive or country home. It is finished in a three-step painting technique that can be done to match your home’s decor. 

Primitive Front Porch Basket

Any lever of weaver will enjoy this challenging project so click here...

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March ‘18 Pattern

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Our Painted Easter Basket is great for collecting up all of those sweet treats the Easter Bunny leaves behind. The 7 1/2” square base flares to a 12” round top and is woven on a dove-tailed hardwood handle to create a very sturdy basket ~ and the filled base won’t allow the escape of even...

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Farmhouse Bathroom Baskets

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“I live in an old farmhouse from the 1780s, which more recently was owned for 30 years by 2 artists who started an amazing line of housewares which are heavily designed and very whimsical and unconventional, and yet they fit perfectly in this rustic home… It feels like an old English Pub.”...

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Peace Bicycles Blog Feature

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Good Morning from Northern Minnesota!

MN Winter

Although it doesn’t much feel like Bicycle Basket season for us today, it’s not too many months away from spring warmth and outdoor adventures. Peace Bicycles is working on getting us geared up for the start of the spring season by sharing a blog...

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February ‘18 Pattern

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Our Candlestick Basket is an antique reproduction patterned after a basket commonly found hanging on the walls of Colonial keeping rooms. Candles, being the major source of lighting, needed to be stored close at hand yet out of the way. The Candlestick Basket was the perfect solution then...

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January ‘18 Pattern

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Every country home’s fireplace needs a Primitive Hearth Basket to hold kindling…or newspapers, magazines, or even knitting. As we hit mid-winter in Minnesota, projects that remind us of warmth are always appreciated!

Primitive Hearth

Any level of weaver will enjoy this project, so click on this link to...

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December ‘17 Pattern

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Everyone eats, everyone spills, so everyone needs napkins and a Napkin Basket. This one measures 7” x 7” x 3” and has two curved reed handles.  And what a perfect basket to make for this gift-giving season.

Napkin Basket

Any level of weaver will enjoy this project, so click on this link to purchase...

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November ‘17 Pattern

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The Bean Pot Basket design comes from a reproduction of an old basket that was made in Pennsylvania of rye straw. Particularly nice hanging by its wire handle, it can decorate a hearth or tabletop as well.

Bean Pot Basket

Any level of weaver will enjoy this project, so click here to purchase the Bean...

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Last Few Days of Warmth

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Here in Northern Minnesota, we take advantage of the warm days as thoroughly as possible. The bench on the front porch serves many purposes - today’s includes acting as the drying rack for some of the dyed weavers. We’ll dry those pieces out in the sun until it’s too cold to work!

Drying Rack...

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The Primitive Front Porch

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Every home remodeling show will tell you that curb appeal makes a big difference, right? We spend a lot of time working on the inside of our homes to make them reflect the style and image we prefer, but let’s not forget to give the outside a little attention smile

Primitive Front Porch

This fall, Jack built us a...

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October ‘17 Pattern

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The Big Round Basket is just that - big and round! It is perfect for a centerpiece on the coffee table or to store rolled towels, washcloths, or linens in the bathroom.

Big Round Basket

Any level of weaver will enjoy this project, so click on this link to purchase the Big Round Basket pattern.

Staining Tutorial - With or Without Leather

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Staining Without Leather

We’ve talked about whether to stain a finished basket or not. It’s amazing how staining a basket can completely change the look of your finished project! It also protects the reed from graying as it ages.

Unstained basket

Stained basket

There are several options for finishing your...

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Fall Is Coming Soon

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It won’t be too much longer before all the leaves change color. I’m thankful for the seasons we experience in northern Minnesota. It’s fun to experiment with changing colors and styles of weaving to reflect the switch from summer to autumn. We don’t use dyed stakes or rims very often, but...

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Weaving with a Wooden-Bottom Base Tutorial

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There are only a handful of different techniques used to construct the base of a basket. The wooden-bottom base combines the technique of a plaited base with a little carpentry. In this tutorial, I’m weaving the base of a Utensil Basket, which calls for two 5” squares of plywood....

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September ‘17 Pattern

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Are there ever enough places in the great room for all of the things needed for life? The Carry-All Basket is a beautiful way to contain stacks of quilts and afghans, piles of books and magazines, skeins and balls of yarn, and yes, oodles of toys for the grandchildren who come to visit....

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Putting Baskets to Use

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When we moved here 22 years ago, we planted a dozen apple trees. Today, they produce more than we can handle! But there’s just something wonderful about eating what we can grow. I think this batch will be made into cider this week.

Square Market Basket
Square Market Basket

Textures

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One of my favorite aspects of home decorating is mixing different textures. Add a section of seagrass weavers to this Toiletries Basket, and the contrasting texture pops!

Toiletries Basket

Using a continuous weave with seagrass isn’t as easy as weaving with rattan, but it changes the entire look of the...

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Black-Eyed Susans

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I appreciate how flowers change tones with the fading summer. The yellows and oranges of the black-eyed susans are a beautiful way to enjoy the last few weeks of this season.

Country Flower Vase
Country Flower Vase

The Hunt ...

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I LOVE antique shopping ... especially with friends.  Last weekend we had that opportunity and scored.  We found two antique rolling pins that were decently priced and therefore purchased! 

Rolling Pins

So the two treasures sat on the shelf looking at us all week as we worked hard on custom storage...

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August ‘17 Pattern

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The idea for this basket came at the request of a customer who wanted to combine the Bicycle Basket (to carry her lunch with her as she biked to work) with a Leather Handled Tote (to transport her lunch inside once she was there). The Bicycle Tote Basket uses leather strapping woven into...

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July ‘17 Pattern

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This market basket is a bit different in that it has two hardwood swing handles that lay open & out of the way. It was originally designed at the request of a gourmet caterer who needed to transport her specialty dishes. You will find endless other uses for this sturdy Twin-Handled Market...

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June ‘17 Pattern

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Show your love for our country’s great “red, white and blue” at this summer’s Fourth of July festivities by toting the family dinner in your Patriot Picnic Basket. This basket is large enough to hold all the necessary fixings for a complete meal for six. During the rest of the year it will...

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May ‘17 Pattern

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The Plaid Tote Basket is another option for those who wish to carry something other than a regular purse. It is sturdy in design with a filled base so as to completely contain its contents, and the eye-catching pattern can be woven in any color you’d like.

Plaid Tote Basket

Any level of weaver will enjoy...

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Wire and Bale Handles

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Hello, Weaving Friends!

As the spring months fight for recognition here in northern Minnesota, we are beginning to look forward to more time spent outside. It will be summer before you know it! When we finally can start hanging the laundry outside again, we use a basket like this...

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Weaving with Leather Handles

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Over the past 26 years of weaving, Joanna’s Collections baskets have developed a certain style. One of my favorite characteristics that we incorporated into our baskets is the use of leather handles.

Leather accents

From bushel handles on storage baskets to leather strapping for totes, adding the...

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A New Take on Custom Handles

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Over the years we’ve been in business, we’ve received many requests for custom designs in our shop. Many times, customers send images like this one to begin the process of creating the exact baskets needed to fit their storage spaces.

Measurements for custom request

Weaving to fit specific sizes is standard operating...

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April ‘17 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 which gives this basket its elegant appearance ~ and the filled base won’t allow the escape of even a single jelly...

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March ‘17 Pattern

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This basket was fashioned with standard plastic shopping bags in mind. They are the perfect size to slip onto the leather handles of this basket to serve as a liner. So don’t hesitate to throw trash into this basket as the liner will protect it. The Little Waste Basket is the solution to...

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February ‘17 Pattern

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This basket was designed to hang on a Colonial home’s front door ~ the owner was tired of letters dropping through the mail slot onto the floor! The Large Painted Mail Basket adds primitive charm to the menial task of containing envelopes, post cards and magazines.

Large Painted Mail Basket

Any level of weaver...

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January ‘17 Pattern

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If your farmhouse kitchen has beams on the ceiling, then the Onion Basket can be hung up there. Its unique pouch-type shape is 6” tall in the front and 8” in the back. It has a round footed bottom and a reed wrapped handle. The Onion Basket is a creative way to keep the onions off the...

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December ‘16 Pattern

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Are you in need of a unique gift for someone? This small basket can be filled with rolled wash clothes & handmade soaps or cappuccino mixes & a coffee mug. Perfect ... the Swing Handled Gift Basket.

Swing Handled Gift Basket

Any level of weaver will enjoy this project, so click on this link to purchase the...

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November ‘16 Pattern

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Perfect for hats & mittens, craft projects, books & magazines, or small loads of laundry, the Storage Basket is the ticket. It is solidly woven, sturdy, and a great way to store just about anything! Every room in your home would be a perfect place for this Storage Basket.

Storage Basket

Any level of...

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October ‘16 Pattern

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The Square Market Basket was designed as an antique reproduction from days gone-by. As long as there have been goods to transport, market baskets have been woven to carry things. Our Square Market Basket reminds us of those olden days.

Square Market Basket

Any level of weaver will enjoy this project, so...

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September ‘16 Pattern

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In olden days, a “keeping room” was the center of a colonial home. It was warmed by the fireplace and most of life’s activity took place in that small room. Baskets were woven and hung on pegs or placed on shelves to keep much of the necessary clutter handy yet out of sight.

Keeping Room Basket

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A Gorgeous Hutch

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What an honor to have our custom-sized Storage Baskets as part of this beautiful piece of furniture.

Custom Storage Baskets

Just plain gorgeous ...

August ‘16 Pattern

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This market basket is a bit different in that it has two hardwood swing handles that lay open & out of the way. It was originally designed at the request of a gourmet caterer who needed to transport her specialty dishes. You will find endless other uses for this sturdy Twin-Handled Market...

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July ‘16 Pattern

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On your way to the local farmer’s market to purchase those delicious fruits & vegetables?  Then you need an Oval Market Basket.  It gets its name from the rectangular to oval shaping in its design. The base starts out with a 6” x 11” rectangle and then flares to a 10” x 15” oval top. The...

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June ‘16 Pattern

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Our Americana Patriot Tote Basket displays pride in this great country.  The base measures 3” x 10” with 10” sides and leather strapping handles. 

Patriot Tote Basket

Any level of weaver will enjoy this project, so click on this link to purchase the Patriot Tote Basket pattern.  (Please be certain you are...

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May ‘16 Pattern

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In olden days, a “keeping room” was the center of a colonial home. It was warmed by the fireplace and most of life’s activity took place in that small room. Baskets were woven and hung on pegs or placed on shelves to keep much of the necessary clutter handy yet out of sight.  Our Primitive...

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April ‘16 Pattern

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Our Large Peg Basket is an antique reproduction of a piece originally found in a restored Colonial home ... used to keep life’s necessary clutter out of the way yet close at hand.

Large Peg Basket

Any level of weaver will enjoy this project so click on this link below to purchase a pattern for the Large...

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Three Mail Baskets

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Most everyone still receives snail mail ... even if just bills & advertisements.  So we make Mail Baskets, in three different sizes. 

Three Mail Baskets

Pictured here is a Medium Mail Basket (top), a Large Mail Basket (middle), and a Painted Mail Basket (bottom). 

Three Mail Baskets 1

Surely one of these three would work...

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March ‘16 Pattern

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Here’s a colorful basket for collecting up all of those sweet treats the Easter Bunny delivers. The Rainbow Easter Basket‘s sturdy construction won’t let a single jelly bean escape and will prove great for egg hunting escapades many years to come ... a heirloom your little person can keep...

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Leather Bushel Basket Handles ... now available.

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Would you like to make your own Footed Storage Basket, Little Waste Basket, Mitten Basket or Oval Storage Basket ... you have all the supplies but just need the leather? Here are the 10” x 7/8” leather strapping bushel basket handles you’ll need.

Leather Bushel Basket Handles 1

They come in their natural state and...

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Dresser Drawer Baskets

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“My baskets arrived yesterday, and they are beautiful!  Thought you might like to see them in the piece of furniture that they were made for.  Thank you for getting them to me so quickly.”

Dresser Drawer Baskets

We LOVE receiving notes like this ...

February ‘16 Pattern

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What a great was to contain all of those newspapers and magazines until they head off to be recycled. Our Leather Handled Storage Basket not only is extremely sturdy since the strapping is woven all the way through the base, but it looks oh-so-good sitting in the great room while doing its...

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A New Addition ~ the Farm Table Basket

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Similar in design to our Mantelpiece Basket, the Farm Table Basket measures 10” longer and is finished in a primitive/grungy technique.

Farm Table Basket

It’s the perfect basket to serve as a centerpiece on your rustic trestle table.

More Storage Baskets

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It’s always such a joy to receive photos from people who have ordered custom items ... we like seeing how they will be using their storage baskets.  These lidded baskets were finished in slate gray and traveled to their home in New York City.

NYC Custom Storage Baskets

“I received the baskets in the mail today...

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January ‘16 Pattern

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Although this basket was originally designed to hold and display a clutchful of antique teddy bears, the Bear Basket can be used in many other areas of the home - for skeins of yarn, rolled bath towels, hats and mittens, or even toys.

Bear Basket

Any level of weaver will enjoy this project so click...

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A Student’s Beautiful Project

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Susan from Minnesota joined us last month for a weaving class and made this beautiful Measuring Basket

Colonial Red Measuring Basket

She finished it on her own in our stain/paint technique ... the basket is first dipped in medium walnut oil stain.  When that is almost dry, the whole thing is then sprayed with an...

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December ‘15 Pattern

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Two pint-size jars of your favorite jellies, jams, or honey fit snugly in the Jelly Basket. Its filled base measures 3 1/2” x 7”, and the color accented sides measure 3 1/2” tall. The wire and wooden bale handle easily swings out of the way making the Jelly Basket a great gift to share the...

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November ‘15 Pattern

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History tells us that in olden days baskets were used as standard units of measure … thus the design of our Measuring Basket.  The 7” square base rounds to a 10” top with 7” sides.

Measuring Basket

Any level of weaver will enjoy this project so click on this link to purchase the Measuring...

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October ‘15 Pattern

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Nothing ushers in fall more vibrantly than the change of colors in the Northwoods. Using those warm hues, our Fall Harvest Basket adds the flavor of fall to any home decor.

Any level of weaver will have fun with this project so click here to purchase the Fall Harvest Basket pattern....

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September ‘15 Pattern

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Woven to fit a standard quart canning jar, this cute basket will add primitive charm to your table while holding fresh cut flowers.  Our Country Flower Vase measures 4 1/2” round, 7” tall sides, 12” overall height with handle. 

Country Flower Vase Basket

Any level of weaver will have fun with this project...

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August ‘15 Pattern

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It’s time to bring in some of those beautiful garden vegetables.  And, if your farmhouse kitchen has beams on the ceiling, then the Onion Basket can be hung up there. Its unique pouch-type shape is 6” tall in the front and 8” in the back. It has a round footed bottom and a reed wrapped...

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July ‘15 Pattern

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The sweet smell of fresh baked muffins is enhanced by the beauty of the hand woven Blueberry Muffin Basket in which they are served. This 10” spoked bottom basket is rimmed with a double braided border and decorated with stems of painted blueberries. No matter the color scheme of your...

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June ‘15 Pattern

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There is nothing better than the fresh air smell of sun-dried laundry ~ and our Clothes Pin Basket can lend a hand with those chores. Both stained and painted, the finish on this basket will withstand the elements Mother Nature might stir up. Plus, its classic county charm will add a touch...

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May ‘15 Pattern

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In one way or another, we are all travelers…..and, there’s always a lot of stuff to take with us! Our Traveler’s Tote Basket is the beautiful solution to that situation. It is a sturdy, filled-based basket with leather straps that are long enough to slip over the shoulder. The variety of...

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Twining a Round Base Tutorial

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Twining a Round Base Tutorial

Both the filled and unfilled base tutorials we have shared on our blog have taught how to make square or rectangular basket bases.  But what about the round patterns?

The basic way to make a round base is to use stakes as spokes and twine with #3 round reed....

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April ‘15 Pattern

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The Wooden Bottom Waste Basket has oak plywood tacked to its base both inside and out so that it is bottom heavy - not tipsy. It has several rounds of triple rod waling around a 2” strip of tulip poplar and leather bushel basket handles. The Wooden Bottom Waste Basket is very attractive in...

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March ‘15 Pattern

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It is common knowledge that jelly beans are one of the favorite “sweet treats” during the springtime of year. Therefore it must follow that every child needs a Jelly Bean Bucket to stuff with plastic grass and then fill to the rim with the little beans! And when it is no longer needed...

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Leather Handled Tote Strapping Tutorial

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Joanna’s Collections has designed several original totes and service baskets that use leather strapping as the handles. We love the appearance and feel of the sturdy leather in contrast with the natural look of the reed baskets. The leather strapping runs through the bottom of the...

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February ‘15 Pattern

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Perfect for hats & mittens, craft projects, books & magazines, or small loads of laundry, the Oval Storage Basket is the ticket. Measuring 10” x 16” filled base with 8” sides, it is solidly woven, sturdy, and a great way to store just about anything! Every room in your home would be a...

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January ‘15 Pattern

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As winter approaches, we now are in the process of trying to locate all of the necessary mittens, hats and scarves. Why not use a Mitten Basket? It measures 13” round and 10” tall, and is the “stylish” means of containing those winter accessories.

Mitten Basket

Any level of weaver will have fun with...

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December ‘14 Pattern

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Cookies, cookies, cookies—especially during the holiday season! Why not share your special sweet treats in a colorful Cookie Basket? And after the treats are gone, the Cookie Basket will remain a treasured gift in itself.

Cookie Basket

Any level of weaver will have fun with this project, so click...

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Custom Display Baskets for Mall Kiosks

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We have had the privilege of making various shapes and sizes of custom baskets.  Here are three of the eighteen baskets (so far) that we have woven for display racks to be placed in two shopping malls.

Kiosk Display 1

Kiosk Display 2

I wonder how many more malls will need these displays.  And who said basket weaving...

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November ‘14 Pattern

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The Painted Wooden Bottom Toy Basket has oak plywood tacked to its base both inside and out so that it is bottom heavy - not tipsy. Whether holding Thomas the Tank Engine or Barbie, this basket serves as both a functional container and a beautiful home decoration. The solid wooden base and...

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Cradle Baskets

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Last month we had the privilege of making two custom-sized baskets for the bottom shelf of this gorgeous cradle.  The customer said that her dad had made it two years ago in his woodshop for her first son.  Now her second son will be born in November.

CradleBaskets

She sent us a note, “I got the...

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Our Breast Cancer Awareness Tote was designed to honor and support all of the women whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. Our prayers and best wishes go out to the families of these women. 

Breast Cancer Awareness Tote

Any level of weaver will have fun with this project, so download your free pattern by...

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October ‘14 Pattern

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Our Candlestick Basket is an antique reproduction patterned after a basket commonly found hanging on the walls of Colonial keeping rooms. Candles, being the major source of lighting, needed to be stored close at hand yet out of the way. The Candlestick Basket was the perfect solution then...

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Introducing New Colors and Finishes!

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Joanna’s Collections is pleased to introduce our new line of colors and finishes!

Slate Market

Our Colors and Finishes tab has been updated to include all of our paint and accent options, including our line of Easter colors.

Easter Colors

Accent Colors

* Please note that all of our accent colors are affected by the...

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Canadian Custom Basket

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What a joy to receive notes like this one ... from a satisfied customer in Canada!

“We received our basket in the mail and could not have been more pleased. It is just how we imagined it to look and perfect for the space. We just love it!  Thank you and carry on making beautiful baskets.”...

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September ‘14 Pattern

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It is time to think about canning garden-fresh tomato sauce ... which means delicious spaghetti dinners ... which likewise leads to hot garlic-buttered French bread. So it stands to reason every country kitchen needs a French Bread Basket. Our version of this functional basket is...

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Custom Baskets for a Dresser

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A customer wrote to say ... “the baskets are wonderful, and the color blends perfectly.”

Dresser Baskets

“The bureau is actually an entertainment center that we bought as a floor model for a ridiculously low price.  The top openings are designed for the cable boxes, dvd players, etc.  Now it looks...

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Singeing Tutorial

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You’ve finished lashing your basket! Now the basket can either be declared complete, or you can pursue the next steps of finishing your basket.

Finished Lashing

For those of you who are type B, mellow, go-with-the-flow kind of people, I’m happy for you. For those of us who are not so laid back, there...

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August ‘14 Pattern

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‘Tis the season in which local farmers’ markets are bursting with fresh produce ... so it makes sense that you might need a sturdy Farmer’s Market Basket.  Years ago all farm produce was transported from the fields in market baskets. The stout construction and rounded hardwood handles were...

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Custom Basket for Harvey House

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A customer wrote, “We love our new basket!  It is perfect and we’ve received many a compliment on it as we have a lot of repeat customers who do notice the attention to detail Harvey House is known for.” 

Harvey House Bed & Breakfast

“It is my intention to bless Harvey House with both the art and the intention of...

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Etsy Sale No. 1000!

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Jennifer, you are our 1000th Etsy sale ... enjoy your free basket!

EtsySale1000

July ‘14 Pattern

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There is no other basket as suited for hauling things than the Leather Handled Tote Basket. This large basket’s strength is a attributed to the riveted leather handles that are woven around and through the base of the basket. So if you have lots of books to haul to and from school or the...

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A Beautiful Addition

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Weaving is something we really enjoy.  Sewing ... maybe not so much.  Customers have asked over the years if we make liners to fit inside the baskets, but the answer has always, unfortunately, been “no”.  Weaving keeps us too busy!  When Kerri ordered the Double Swing-Handled Tote, she...

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June ‘14 Pattern

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More and more people these days are choosing bicycles as their means of transportation. So it would stand to reason they need a Bicycle Basket to tote their lunch box and travel mug. Our Bicycle Basket has buckled leather straps that adjust to almost any style handlebar, and it will be the...

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Gorgeous Bathroom Cabinet

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Check out Lisa’s newly remodeled bathroom ... complete with custom made baskets for the vanity.

Custom Bathroom Vanity Baskets

That beautiful cabinet makes the baskets look wonderful!

May ‘14 Pattern

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Nothing echos “primitive” more distinctly than a French Wall Basket

French Wall Basket

Any level of weaver will have fun with this project, so click on this link to purchase the pattern.

Custom Storage for Betsy

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Here are a couple of pictures sent to us from a customer in Florida. As an artist, she wanted four custom pieces to store art supplies in her work table.

Storage Baskets

Storage Baskets

Thanks for sharing the finished result, Betsy!

Custom Colors For Another Cruiser

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A happy customer wrote us a note ... “I totally LOVE my bike basket. Was so excited that it arrived so quickly.  Looks fabulous on my bike, don’t you think?”

Custom Bicycle Basket Gray

Thank you, Lisa!  We always appreciate seeing where our baskets are used.

Custom Gray Bicycle Basket

April ‘14 Pattern

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Fair Isle is a traditional technique used to create patterns with multiple colors. It is named after Fair Isle, a tiny island in the north of Scotland … and very appropriate for the design in our primitive Easter basket!

Fair Isle Easter Basket

Any level of weaver will enjoy this project so click on this...

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Classy Cruising

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Our Bicycle Basket, finished in warm chestnut stain, perfectly accessorizes an already GORGEOUS Electra Cruiser … what a classy way to tour the streets of Gilbert, Arizona!

Electra Cuirser Bicycle Basket

Twining the Last Weaver Tutorial

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On a basket, the last weaver is an important row. It’s the one sandwiched between the two rims. This is the row that will be held in place by the tucked stakes and the row that acts as the anchor for the rim and lasher. On many patterns (those with a rim filler), the last row is normally...

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March ‘14 Pattern

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Every primitive country kitchen could put this basket to good use … a great way to keep spatulas, wooden spoons and whisks close at hand. Rustic primitive decor ~ meet practical & useful in our wooden base Utensil Basket!

Utensil Basket

Any level of weaver will enjoy this project so click on this...

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Winner! Winner!

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Congratulations, Kathy, on winning the Colonial Gathering Basket giveaway! Your basket is in the mail. Hope you enjoy it!

Giveaway Winner

If you’re not Kathy, and you didn’t win the giveaway, be sure to check out the rest of the store to find the basket you think is a winner!

Colonial Gathering Basket

Sea Grass Continuous Weave Tutorial

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In order to add variety in the decoration and style of your weaving, some patterns will call for a different method of weaving the sides of your basket. One of those techniques is called the continuous weave. In this tutorial, we’ll teach you how to accomplish a continuous weave with sea...

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To stain or not to stain … that is the question!

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Wooden Bottom Toy Basket - before “finish”.

Wooden Bottom Toy Natural

Truth be told ... we do not spend much time contemplating that dilemma.  Every piece that comes out of our shop has some form of a finish on it.  Whether dipped in an interior grade woodworking stain or finished in our three-step distressed...

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The Basket Blog

December ‘18 Free Pattern

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Welcome in the holiday season with the Holly Berry Basket. This square-to-round basket measures 5” x 5” base and flares out to a 7” round top. Colorful “holly...

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November ‘18 Pattern

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Do you need the perfect Christmas gift for your littles? How about weaving a Wooden Bottom Toy Basket ... whether holding Thomas the Tank Engine or Barbie, this large...

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Custom Work - Triangles

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Every so often, we get emails from people who have no idea what to do with that awkward triangle built-in cabinet space. How to prevent a cluttered look? A triangle basket,...

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