I have been interested in making baskets for along time, and last year I purchased an online class on making baskets from the garden. I found it really messy and required a lot of space to collect all the bits and pieces so really did not pursue it after the initial spurt of creativity. The same school offered a course on coiled baskets which I had been greatly admiring, so I bought that course as a Christmas present to myself! It is run by the same lady as the baskets from the garden - Ruth, who I found very easy to follow. It is super easy to go back and check the instructions.
Oh my! am I hooked! This was the first basket I created. I made a little lid in what I considered an African design - like a rondavel, which is a "round house" This was t shirt material wrapped around string and sewn with crochet cotton.
From then on, there was no stopping me. as you know I am very keen to recycle materials instead of sending them to landfill and this is a perfect way of doing that. At one stage I made necklaces out of t shirt material, and I still use that for tying up plants etc. I have quite a collection of cut up t shirts and I keep them in a little footstool right next to the couch. Perfect for picking my project up and working on it, and then packing away easily when I want to take a break. I organized the fabric into colour themes, since my daughter is always telling me to use a colour wheel.
The first one used rope as the center core, and I decided I wanted to use recyclable materials so used four strands of t shirt material as the core for this one. I used some pretty wool for the stitching. All kinds of materials being used up!