Lately I've had an itch for basketmaking. I don't know why, but I have. So, I started looking around for some natural resources that I could use to weave baskets. Some of the natural resources available to us in our neighborhood are:
~ honeysuckle vines
~ grape vines
~ corn husks
~ blackberry shoots
~ cattail stalks and leaves
~ iris and daffodil leaves, and
~ splints from maple, dogwood or other hardwoods.
I decided the most readily available thing would be cattails, so I Suzi and I gathered some on Monday as we were walking the neighborhood. We soaked the brown leaves for 20 minutes, and then started making baskets. I wanted to try a square basket, so I made that, and Suzi started on a semi-circular one, but then opted for square as being easier. Maryanne made a cute little semi-circular basket, and then later I wove another basket made of wire and spun wool.
It was a fun little project, and now we all know a little more about the difficulties and joys of basketmaking!