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Coiled Basketry -The Closed Coiled Technique
Some of the finest, most beautiful baskets in the world are made using the coiling technique. This universal method uses one continuous, round length of paper rush as the material to construct the basket, wound around or on top of itself, in an expanding or decreasing spiral. Covered coiling lends itself to a wide variety of expressions. This basket uses a beautifully hand-dyed, hand-spun silk yarn to completely cover the core. (I dyed the yarn but did not spin it). A “figure 8” stitch is used to bind the new coil to the previous one. Concentrated attention was paid to the shaping and the rim of this basket. After I wove the basket, I added several rounds of Siberian iris leaves to the rim of this basket. The leaves were harvested from my garden in the fall after they turned golden brown. To mellow the leaves, I wrapped them in a damp towel. The moisture from the towel soaks into the leaves and they become pliable. I can twist two or three leaves into a continuos rope. I used an open coiling technique to stitch the leaves around the rim.
Coiled basketry is a labor intensive art form. Each basket is a one-of-a-kind creation. This basket took 12 to 16 hours to complete.

Diameter Top: 4 1/2"
Diameter Base: 4 1/2"
Height: 4 1/2"

E160 Coiled Basket - Closed Coiled Technique

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: silk yarn, fiber rush, Siberian iris leaves, thread
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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