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E163 Coiled Basket -Open Coiling Technique

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Coiled Basketry - The Open Coiled Technique
Siberian Iris Leaves & Waxed Linen Thread
Some of the finest, most beautiful baskets in the world are made using the coiling technique. This universal method uses one continuous, length of Siberian iris leaves as the material to construct the basket. The coil is wound around or on top of itself, in an expanding or decreasing spiral. This basket uses Siberian iris leaves and waxed linen thread in its construction. A “basket weaver’s buttonhole” stitch is used to bind the new coil to the previous one. This is an open coiling technique, in other words, the core is exposed so that the beautiful natural materials can be seen.

I grow the Siberian Iris in my garden and harvest the leaves in the fall after the first frost. When the leaves turn a golden color, I cut the leaves, dry them and store them until I am ready to use them. When I am ready to weave a basket I “mellow” the leaves in a damp towel. The leaves hold the moisture and I am able to twist two or three leaves into a “rope”. The center of the base is where each basket begins. I continue to add leaves to the “rope” as I stitch and create the basket’s shape. Coiling lends itself to a wide variety of expressions and shapes. I enjoyed creating and shaping this basket in a sculptural and non-traditional way.

Coiled basketry is a labor intensive art form. Each basket is a one-of-a-kind creation. This basket took 12 to 14 hours to complete.

Diameter Top: 3 1/2" x 5"
Diameter Base: 3 1/2" x 4"
Height: 3"

E163 Coiled Basket -Open Coiling Technique


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Siberian iris leaves, waxed linen thread
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