Thursday, August 10, 2017

Willow Basket

We have a giant willow bush next to our house.

I couldn't find a spring/summer picture, but (don't mind the moose in the backyard) the wooden sticks you see in the foreground coming in a few feet over the deck, that's the willow we're talking about.  And that was 9 months ago.

So as my husband chopped off a whole bunch to reclaim entry to the backyard (the bush is right in front of our deck access door) I started stripping some branches.

And I ended up with this awesome basked.  I just wove it green so I know it won't last as long as if I had dried them and soaked them, but I was feeling a need for immediate satisfaction.  (Also, I have zero experience with this type of weaving, so I made it all up on the fly, so no judgement! It holds together, that's all I'm concerned about)

It's totally lopsided on the bottom as some branches were thicker and didn't curve as gracefully as others.  But it's ok, it's a cornucopia type, display basket (or it is now).

I don't know what to put in it yet, but it makes me happy and it smells good.  So yay! I made something!

See ya later...


  1. I love this! Braeden and I took a basket weaving class back in 2011 (2010?) and loved it! I'm super impressed with your basket here--we used a pre-made base to help get our weaving started: I wouldn't even know where to begin without that!

    1. Well, it was sort of one of those - I'm sitting on the deck and there's all this stuff in front of me and I'm bored so let's play - sort of situations, and like I said, it's totally lopsided, but we still have it and it hasn't dried out like I thought it would. (I was looking up official basket weaving and it said you're supposed to do things like soak the willow and even better dry it out for a year and then soak it and I was like, um, no, I have no patience for that :) so I just went with it. Made me happy, that's for sure.)

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