May Your Life Be Like A Basket...Useful...Bountiful...Beautiful...

Basketmaster's Weavings is about my passions, much of which revolves around basket weaving. I weave with reed and I love teaching others to weave. Many of the patterns and styles that I show in the blog are geared to the beginning weaver, or even the brand new weaver. If you have been thinking about wanting to learn to weave, then this blog is for you. Throughout the blog and videos I take you step by step through each and every process of weaving. I want you to be successful in weaving the very first time you try. For the intermediate and advanced weaver, my wish is that you take ideas that I show, mix them up a bit, and incorporate them into your own beautiful creations.

Happy Weaving and Baskets of Blessings to all my visitors,

Nancy

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Book Review--The Basket Book by Lyn Siler

When I first learned to weave baskets, this is the second book I purchased. It has over thirty basket patterns. The baskets are more traditional in nature, meaning that these are older, more historical style, functional baskets. It is full of beautiful photography as well as illustrations.
For the beginning weaver, there small section of basic weaving techniques in the front of the book but then specific and more advanced techniques are explained thoroughly as you use them with each individual basket.

Here is just a sampling of some of the basket patterns you will find in this book:
  • Twill Market Basket
  • Flat Bottom Egg Basket
  • Ribbed Potato Basket
  • Solid Bottom Shaker Basket
  • Williamsburg Basket
  • Cherokee Comb Basket
  • Twined Planter
  • Two-Pie Basket
  • Wool Drying Basket
  • Fishing Creel
  • Nantucket Lightship Basket
  • Shaker "Cat-Head" Basket

This book is comprehensive and beautiful. It has explicit instructions. If you are a brand new beginner, there are some easier basket patterns just for you. Once you have mastered the basic weaving skills, the instructions on the more advanced baskets patterns in this book will help you be successful in weaving a beautiful basket.

One of my favorite things about this book is that it has such a wide variety of patterns. I hope you gathered that from my list. Each basket is unique from the next.

"The Basket Book" by Lyn Siler is a book that should be on every weaver's bookshelf.
Happy Weaving,
Nancy

6 comments:

Tea said...

I love that book! I've made several baskets using the patterns in it, and each one is gorgeous.

Juliana said...

Nancy, this is the first basket-weaving book I ever purchased! It is definitely a fabulous, helpful book! I wouldn't be without it!

Peggy said...

I believe right now there will be a revival in using baskets, even for grocery shopping. The economic situation is leading to many things we need to get back to. Recycling, no plastic bags and the need to crate by many folks close to God. There is nothing like a homemaking skill to get back to basics.
Blessings

Juliana said...

This is also one of the first baskets I ever purchased, and I love it! A very helpful, easy-to-understand book!

Juliana said...

Nancy, this is also one of my very first basket books! I absolutely wouldn't be without it!

Paula said...

This is a great book and so easy to understand!


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