BasketsByPamela

Green Wedding Baskets, Horsehair Baskets, Art Baskets

Washington, North Carolina · 1510 Sales

BasketsByPamela

Green Wedding Baskets, Horsehair Baskets, Art Baskets

Washington, North Carolina 1510 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Announcement   I will be out of town from Sunday, Dec 4 - Sun, Dec 11. Purchases made during this time will be shipped beginning Dec. 12. Thanks for your patience!

Looking for Hobbitware Pottery? New Shop here: Hobbitware.etsy.com
This shop has Natural Vine Baskets for your Wedding, Horsehair baskets, and weaving by award-winning artist Pamela Zimmerman.
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See my other shops at
HobbitWare.etsy.com
PurpleToedGypsy.etsy.com
MakeABasket.etsy.com
LizardSkins.etsy.com

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Last updated on Dec 3, 2016

I will be out of town from Sunday, Dec 4 - Sun, Dec 11. Purchases made during this time will be shipped beginning Dec. 12. Thanks for your patience!

Looking for Hobbitware Pottery? New Shop here: Hobbitware.etsy.com
This shop has Natural Vine Baskets for your Wedding, Horsehair baskets, and weaving by award-winning artist Pamela Zimmerman.
Best viewed in ~Gallery~ mode.

See my other shops at
HobbitWare.etsy.com
PurpleToedGypsy.etsy.com
MakeABasket.etsy.com
LizardSkins.etsy.com

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About

About My Baskets

If you are looking for my ooak funky pottery, it has moved to Hobbitware.etsy.com Thanks for coming back! :)

If you are looking at Green Wedding Baskets, you are probably cherishing our environment. Thank you. How are they "green"? They are made with wild, natural plants that are gathered sustainably & woven fresh, by me, 1 at a time. No chemicals or pesticides. Baskets purchased in shops have LOTS of chemicals in them. Though woven by hand, they are almost always imported. Commercial basketry materials are often treated with chemicals to make them ready for weaving. Goodness, is THAT what you want your little flower girl carrying in your wedding? I think not.
That is also how "reed" is also treated. Reed and finished baskets are also fumigated to deter agricultural pests when imported. Baskets at the local store may be inexpensive, but are also laden with chemicals & pesticide!

I decided to make something more eco friendly and safe for your little attendants to carry in your wedding...that's how Green Wedding Baskets were born. You're welcome :) All my Green Wedding Baskets are made with material I find & collect myself. It usually takes a couple of weeks to render a dried basket, and the process is like this:

I find the material, which often takes several days.Harvesting & processing & judge for wetness is usually 2 days. This might include removal of leaves and roots, etc. I also split some types of vines, and remove some kinds of bark. This process is very hard on my hands, and i generally cannot process and weave the same day.

The 3rd day is the first day i can weave. Sometimes the vines are not dry enough, and need to rest for a longer period of time. I try to weave all the material i have collected at once, making any basket sets at the same time. As they dry, the baskets will change, & weaving them all at once is usually the only way i can make them of the same relative size, shape and aspect.

After weaving, the baskets are weighted (usually with natural heart shaped rocks found by my children in the water near our family retreat!) or hung to help them keep the shape i want. They will dry for at least a week, usually three, but this depends on the weather. The green materials shrink a great deal, and sometimes i overweave them again after they have dried (start at step one all over again!)

Horsehair baskets were historically made by Native American basketmakers as a demonstration of their skill, & only the very best could make them. I love a horsehair basket best as a cherished memento of a beloved horse (yes, I will weave one with your horse's hair!) But some people just love to have a little miniature. How are they made? I had to figure it out by myself, because there are no books or classes on this. So i learned it the same way the Native Americans did, by working very hard at being a superlative basketmaker, and developing my own techniques for working with the hair.

The horsehair baskets are very tiny baskets, ranging from about 1/4" to about 3". The smallest ones are VERY challenging to make, tiny weaving is considered the best demonstration of a very skilled basket weaver.The photos you see on your computer monitor are often 10x the size of the actual basket! Hairs are handled individually, and holding the piece in order to coil it cramps the fingers. I can only produce a few very tiny ones at a time, and I have to stop and rest for a few days. It is also very easy to sew my finger to the basket, if i am not careful!

Unless you are sending me hair from your horse, I purchase my hair from reputable dealers who buy their hair from Mongolian horses. These horses are live. As it is very cold in Mongolia, they grow hair very quickly, and their owners harvest their tail hair to sell for money. The hair has been cleaned. If you would like to know about sending me your horse's hair to weave with, please message me, and i would be happy to talk with you about it.

I am known for my horsehair baskets, not many weavers attempt them. I have won over 500 awards at Fine Art and other Shows with my weavings. For an abbreviated Curriculum Vitae, please see my regular website at http://www.PamelaZimmerman.net , where my body of fine artwork is displayed.

All work shown on this shop is done by myself, with the exception of the postcards and notecards depicting my work, which are printed by professional printers.

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Shop members

  • Pamela Zimmerman

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    for full bio, please see my art website at http://www.PamelaZimmerman.net

Manufacturers

  • Ronald L. Sowers Photography

    Rocky Mount, NC, United States

    Specializing in product and fine art photography. My "art" pieces are photographed by this photographer. All photos by Ronald L. Sowers are credited in the listings.

  • Modern Postcard

    California, United States

    A well-known, domestic printer, they printed my postcards, using my layout and images generated by Ronald L. Sowers Photography.

  • Litho Graphix Offset Printing

    Washington, NC, United States

    This is a local printer, owned and operated with ethical practices, and providing personal service. They make the printed card inserts and provide the envelopes for the cards.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 27, 2016
Welcome. I am a fiber artist, working mainly with basketry techniques. Each item is unique, i work with many different materials, including reclaimed recycled materials.

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I am concerned about our environment, and use recycled packaging whenever possible. Baskets need to breathe. When natural (organic) materials are used, baskets are generally NOT wrapped in plastic. Expect paper wrapping, most of the time recycled, especially for vine baskets. Newspaper is what is most often accessible and makes a perfect packing material.

Baskets are lightweight, and require padding. Large boxes are sometimes required. Shippers do not like large, lightweight boxes, and thus require "balloon" upcharges.

Generally, packages are sent US Mail, unless you request otherwise...But I reserve the right to choose a carrier, and if you would like to request one, please do. The buyer is responsible for postage, so if your chosen carrier is more expensive, expect to pay that expense. Please inquire, if you are not sure. FedEx Home Delivery is often a very reasonable alternative. Please note that FedEX requires a delivery phone number, which is only given to FedEx. I will not call you. It is important to have this number in case the carrier has difficulty delivering your package.

International shipping has become very expensive. If you are outside the US, and would like a quote on shipping, please contact me and let me know which piece(s) you are interested in, and i will give a personalized quote.
Refunds and Exchanges
I want you to be pleased with your purchase!

If you wish insurance, please request. I cannot be responsible for losses in the mail but I will always try to assist with proof of receipt. I will send you a tracking number (except out of US, which you must request BEFORE the package is sent.)

I'm proud of the standard of my work so hope refunds would never be necessary. But if you are not happy, the item must be returned in perfect new condition, with original packaging, within two weeks of original shipment, and a refund will be given for the cost of the item. Shipping costs are non-refundable. The buyer is responsible for the cost of return postage. Please note, also, that refunds for items purchased but not yet shipped are subject to a 5% restock fee.

Returns: If you want to return a basket, please let me know as soon as possible, as i have other brides seeking "ready to ship" baskets daily, my custom weaving schedule is fairly full and it is difficult for me to keep up with the limited amount of weaving time i have.

All returned items require authorization!

PLEASE NOTE THAT RUSH FEES ARE NOT REFUNDABLE.

If you cancel an order and the package hasn't been shipped, or if you return an item, the refund you will receive will be the amount you paid for the items minus 5%. This covers the non-refundable fees PayPal charges us whether the package is shipped or not, and a restocking fee.
Additional policies and FAQs
RESERVE LISTINGS will be made at your request for a maximum of 5 days.

BASKETS: the areas where i usually gather my natural materials have been clear cut (logged) and so i am seeking out new areas to collect organic, natural vines. Because of this, Custom orders are running about 4 weeks. This gives me time to find the materials, prepare them, weave the item, let it dry properly, and then ship. If you need your basket faster, please use the "contact" link to send me a message BEFORE you buy. Some items can be hurried, some cannot.

Please see note below about RUSH orders. Generally, the fastest a custom basket may be delivered, from green vine, is 2 weeks. If you need a basket in less than 2 weeks, it is best to choose from my ready to ship baskets. I welcome inquiries as to whether i have a basket that is not listed, but ready to ship, i may have just what you are looking for already in the process of drying, or ready to be listed.

Please realize that there is a great deal of variation in these handcrafted items made of wild materials. I cannot control the number or character of the tendrils and roots, how many or color of leaves, or affect how the vine grows, and this is what makes it look wild. It is entirely normal for there to be slight kinks in the handle, lower areas of the rim, little places where the basket is "not round." This is part of the reason why brides who are looking for the "not cookie cutter" affect are happy to find me. Because they know, even when made with the same materials as another bride's, that their items will not be duplicates of someone else's. They are handwoven unique. The "rustic" trend in weddings brings in little wild "uncontrolled" elements into the carefully planned, beautifully sculpted and pure looking landscape and provides great contrast.

CUSTOM RUSH ORDERS:
RUSH custom orders are subject to a RUSH charge. This is a non-refundable fee that places your orders at the front of the queue. This charge is payable up front, and if you choose not to purchase the work that results from your rush order, it is NOT returned to you.

Even rush baskets still require some drying time, and paying a premium rush fee does not lessen this. If you wish to receive your finished basket inside a week, BOTH a rush fee AND expedited, premium shipping would be required, to assure the basket does not mildew in transit. Expedited shipping is at least $35 (transit company fees, not mine.) If you are west of the Mississippi river, expedited shipping will probably be over $100.

MULTIPLE ORDERS AND DISCOUNTS:
Everything you see here is made by hand, one at a time. So discounts are not given for multiple item orders.

WHOLESALE: So sorry, each item is one of a kind, and wholesale is not offered.

Thank you very much for your understanding, patience, and for purchasing handmade.

More information

Last updated on Jun 14, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Is there time for Custom baskets before my wedding?

Custom orders take about 4 weeks. This gives me time to find the materials, prepare, weave, let it dry properly, and then ship. If you need your basket faster, please send me a message BEFORE you buy. Some items can be hurried, some cannot. There is an extra fee, payable in advance, for "Rush" orders.

How are Green Wedding Baskets "Green?"

Baskets listed as "green" in my shop are made with wild, natural vines and other plants that are gathered sustainably and woven fresh, by me, one at a time. No chemicals or pesticides, either in the growing, or the making!