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Basket-weaving is an enjoyable hobby and profession with a rich history. For centuries, humans have woven baskets out of natural materials, and many Native American tribes ornamented woven baskets with beads and precious metals. Contemporary basket-weaving is a synthesis of the techniques and methods developed by cultures around the globe. Weaving gift baskets is a way of exploring history while creating signature craft pieces.
Traditionally, natural fibers from trees are used in basket-weaving. However, vines and flexible twigs can also be used to weave baskets. In addition, some modern gift baskets are constructed out of synthetic materials, such as plastics or thin metal wires.
Baskets are woven by twining horizontal fibers, called weavers, around vertical supports, known as spokes. Typically, baskets have a flat base, which is often shaped like a circle, oval, or square. Then, the spokes are curved upward to weave the sides of the basket. Once the basket is complete, the rim of the basket may be finished using lashing. A wonderful gift, baskets may have handles or woven covers.
The layer at a basket's underside
The thin extensions on the rough side of a fiber
Trimming stakes and spokes inside a weave and folding ones on the outside of the weave to complete the basket
Fiber used for securing and supporting the rim
Compressing rows of weavers to strengthen the base and sides of a basket
In a ribbed basket, fibers that define the shape of the basket and provide structural support
A cover for the rim row typically constructed out of a pair of reeds
A material placed within the rim to cover the rim row
The final woven row at the top of a basket
A technique for making a square or extended bottom edge to a basket using weavers
A seamless joining of the ends of two fibers to extend a weaver
The fibers of a round or oval basket that bend vertically from the base to shape the sides of the basket and provide structural support
The fibers of a square or rectangular basket that provide structural support and bend vertically from the base to shape the sides of the basket
A twisted pair of round reeds used as a weaver
Bending spokes or stakes from a base to create the sides of a basket
The horizontal fibers that fill the base and sides of a basket