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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.

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Friday, January 15, 2010

John Toft Basketry - an amazing Woven Hot Air Balloon

Dear Friends,
I've received some lovely pictures from fellow basket weaver John Toft.  You may remember him from HERE.  Just take a look at this amazing woven balloon he did.  John informed me that The basket and balloon are woven in the English style of weaving, stake and strand.

John was first exposed to basket-making in elementary school in England. He took up the craft a few years before his retirement from teaching in 1998. His work focuses on pieces in the English style of basket making (stake and starnd) and others in North American styles. His English style baskets focus on sewing baskets as well as this fun piece, the hot air ballon. His North American style baskets focus on rib baskets and market baskets. His Etsy shop ( uses sewing, rib and market baskets as category designators. He also has a number of vintage items on display and for sale there too.  You can also follow John's blog.

Thank you so much John for sharing your pictures with us.  Your work is truly amazing.
Baskets of blessings everyone,


John Toft Basketry said...

Thank you, Nancy for posting my hot air balloon. I said sweet words about you and this post in my blog today and my Facebook page.

Juliana said...

I saw John's post when he was working on is truly remarkable and beautiful! I've never seen anything else like it, and I am drooling a!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful work!! That is one I would have enjoyed watching someone make but probably would have pulled my hair out trying! :) Thanks for sharing it with us.

J.R. said...

Truly, a gorgeous work! I love all the texture, and of course, the colors. And the creativity! Awesome!

Nita said...

Just beautiful! Job well done!

Thanks for sharing.

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Weavin' Wicker Woman said...

Thanks for posting the pictures of John's hot-air balloon basket Nancy, I had not seen his posts about doing them, so this was great.

The Wicker Woman-Cathryn Peters

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