Basketry Books, Video Tapes, & CDROMs
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- Ackerman, Lillian A., Ed.,
Song to the Creator : Traditional Arts of Native American Women of the Plateau,
Washington State University Museum of Art Norman OK.:
Univ of Oklahoma Press, 1996. 132 pp. many ill. ISBN: 0-8061-2876-3
- Adovasio, J.M., Basketry Technology: A Guide to Identification
and Analysis,Aldine Pub. Co., 1977
- Arnoldussen, Peg, The following are available from
- Tips and Tricks on Pine Needle Coiling(02/01)
- Pine Needle Basics for Beginners(02/01)
- STITCH GLOSSARY for Pine Needle Basketry(02/01)
- Atkinson, Sandy, NEW 500 series companion book to the TV
series "Country Basket Weaving".
- Book 100 (This One's For Joy) is $3.00
- Book 200 (Weaving Country Favorites) $5.95
- Book 300 (Country Basket Weaving Series 300) $12.95
- Book 400 (Country Basket Weaving Series 400) $14.95
- Book 500 (Country Basket Weaving Series 500) $12.95
All series books contain 13 different patterns each.These are available through Atkinson's Country House 1-800-832-3071,
2775 Riniel Road Lennon, MI 48449
- Barratt, Olivia Elton, Basket Making, Henry Holt and Company, 1990
- Bindon, Eyleen, Basic Basketry, Drake Publishers, Inc., 1977
- Brandford, Joanne Segal, Netting ---> Baskets, 1989
- Brennan, Peggy, Native Baskets: Native Cherokee Basketry,
How to Identify and Gather and Use Plants for Weaving and Dyes, 2001,
soft bound book, $15.95, printed by author,
- Campbell-Amsler, Jo, Nature's Embellishments, 1993, Willow Ridge Press, Monticello, Iowa.
Describes embellishments from nature that can be used to decorate baskets:
willow beads, bark tassells, fungus medallions, pine cone frills.
- Cary, Mara, Basic Baskets, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1975
- Christopher, F.J., Basketry, Dover Publications, Inc., 1952
- Clark, Elizabeth W., Addicted to Baskets, 1997
Offers a variety of tips and information for weavers of all skill levels. This book has it all... information on materials, tools, terminology, organization, dyeing,, basic weaving skills, advanced techniques, reshaping baskets, fiber removal, care of finished baskets, final details, "tips, tricks & things you need to know", recipes for success, tips from the teacher, tips from the 'Net, and don't forget the Economy Section. With 3 levels of basket patterns this book is a "must have" book for every basket weaver! See www.basketaddiction.com for more information.
- Davis, Grace,
The Weaver's Friendly Handbook for Pricing and
Selling Handmade Baskets,
Fixing a price on handmade baskets is no simple task, but our
"Fair Price Model" makes it a bit easier. Accounting for materials, labor,
fixed costs, and variable costs means not simply tallying numbers,
but identifying the expenses associated with elements such as dyed reed,
natural reed, stains, handles, appliques, and, of course, the weaver's time.
Our 76-page booklet tells the weaver how. . . plus.
We address the weaver's image, product, and some steps the individual can
take to build a solid sales foundation.
We outline seven sales mediums--craft fairs, gift baskets, "homestores,"
and more-- and how the weaver can employ these and others to gain and maintain
an even sales tempo. We help the weaver place a value on his or her labor
and include an easy table for quick reference. We offer basket price worksheets,
something the weaver can use to record costs and the Fair Price each of
their baskets deserves.
The Weaver's Friendly Handbook for Pricing and Selling Handmade Baskets"
sells for $5.95, plus $2.00 shipping and handling.
To order, send your check or money order for $7.95 payable to
Grace Davis at
118 Mills Circle, Ft Huachuca, AZ 85613.
We offer discounts to basketry suppliers, associations, and guilds
and for all orders of 10 or more. Please contact Grace or Forrest Davis at
(520) 417-9325 for specific discount rates or contact through e-mail at
- Dean, Ankaret, The Best of the Basketry Express 1985-1990, Willow Walk Press,
- Dean, Ankaret, The Use of Cattails Rushes & Grasses in the Textile Arts, Willow
Walk Press, 1991
- Dunsmore, Susi, Sepak Raga (Takraw): The South East Asian Ball Game,
Sarawak Museum Occasional Paper No. 4, 1983
- Fiber Forms ... Past and Present, 7/1-8/24/74 Brookfield Craft Center, Inc.
- Gillooly, Maryanne ed., Natural Baskets, Storey Communications, Inc., 1992
- Hart, Carol and Dan, Natural Basketry, Watson-Guptill Publications, 1976
- Harvey, Virginia I., The Techniques of Basketry, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co.,
- Hickman, Pat, Innerskins/Outerskins: Gut and Fishskin, San Francisco Craft and
Folk Art Museum, 1987
- Hoppe, Flo, Contemporary Wicker Basketry, Lark Books,
1996, 1-800-284-3388, $21.95, softbound, 192 pages, 72 color photos,
346 b&w photos, 309 illustrations, 10 chapters, 30 projects, and gallery section.
If you want an autographed copy, send a check for $25.95 to:
Flo Hoppe, 221 Dale Road, Rome, NY 13440-1901
- Hoppe, Flo, Wicker Basketry, Interweave Press, 1989
- Important American Indian Art, Sotheby's, June 12, 1992
- Jensen, Elizabeth, Baskets from Nature's Bounty, Interweave Press, 1991
- John McQueen: The Language of Containment, Renwick Gallery of the National
Museum of American Art Smithsonian Institution, 1991
- Johnson, Frances, Wallace - Homestead Price Guide to Baskets 2nd Edition,
Wallace-Homestead Book Co., 1989
- Ketchum, William C. and Hebert, Linda, Country Wreaths and Baskets, Meredith
- Kirmeyer, Maxine, A Materials Guide for the Basket Maker, Kirmeyer
- LaBarge, Linda, Basketmaking from the Beginning, Funk & Wagnalls, 1976
- LaPlantz, Shereen, The Mad Weave Book, Press De LaPlantz, 1984
- LaPlantz, Shereen, Plaited Basketry: The Woven Form,
2001 reprinted by The Caning Shop,
1-800-544-3373, for $34.95 plus s/h.
- LaPlantz, Shereen, Plaiting Concepts, 1990
- LaPlantz, Shereen, Twill Basketry: A Handbook of Designs, Techniques, and
Styles, Lark Books, 1993
- Larason, Lew, The Basket Collectors Book, Scorpio Publications, Chalfont, PA, 1978
- Larsen, Jack Lenor, with Betty Freudenheim, Interlacing: the Elemental Fabric,
Kodansha International, 1986
- Larsen, Jack Lenor, The Tactile Vessel: New Basket Forms, Erie Art Museum,
- Lasansky, Jeannette, Willow, Oak & Rye: Basket Traditions in Pennsylvania,
Keystone Books, 1979
- Lawall, Sheri, Basketry Learn by Doing, Pat Depke/Craft World, Inc., 1984
- Leir, Ray, Jan Peters, and Kevin Wallace,
BASKETS - TRADITION AND BEYOND, 2000,
A catalog of 95 of the finest contemporary basketry
artists who have exhibited
at the del Mano Gallery in Los Angeles.
For inspiration as well as a record
of contemporary basketry.
An extraordinary variety of materials and weaving techniques.
(Not a how-to book); 128 pages, 180 color photos,
The Caning Shop,
- Lonning, Kari, The Art of Basketry,2000, Sterling Pub.,NYC, Kari describes
her techniques for working with round reed; dying, twining, 3-5 rod wale,
patterns: spiral, vertical, mottled, tapestry; square & round grids as bases;
her "hairy"technique; and double-wall constructions. Many details and color
photos of her baskets during weaving. Also includes statements and photos of
baskets by 20 other basketmakers. This is a nice book to own; especially
if you're interested in working with round reed.
- McGuire, John E., Old New England Splint Baskets and How to Make Them,
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd, 1985
- McGuire, John E.,
The Complete Nantucket Creel Purse Book:
How to Make the Mold and the Purse,
This 36 page spiral bound booklet has all the directions for constructing
a puzzle mold for less than $10.00 using building foam board, along with
comprehensive instructions on how to make a creel purse. The booklet contains
many tips which are useful in the making of any Nantucket style basket.
This booklet is available from many vendors who sell basketmakeing supplies or can
be ordered directly from the author: John McGuire Basket Supply, 398 S. Main St.,
Geneva, NY 14456. It costs $14.95 (plus $3.00 shipping via priority mail).
- Mallow, Judy Mofield, Pine Needle Basketry, Lark Books,
1996, 1-800-284-3388, $18.95
plus shipping. Judy Mallow shares her expertise, from a list of the necessary
tools and materials to tips on gathering, storing, and preparing pine needles.
Features 40 handsome projects, all in gorgeous full color, and
also includes chapters on dyeing pine needles, creating lids and handles,
adding centers made of leather, wood, or gourds, different stitching
techniques, and weaving raffia designs known as teneriffe.
- Malone,Billy, New Lashings and Improvements to Old Favorites, Woven Spirit
Basketry, 1995. Detailed instructions and illustrations
on weaving 6 types of God's Eyes. How to get precise centers and work with
lashings to enhance your baskets. 54 pages, $11.95 plus $2.50 postage and handling,
Woven Spirit Basketry
- Mason, Otis Tufton, American Indian Basketry, Dover Publications, Inc.,1988
- Meilach, Dona , A Modern Approach to Basketry with Fibers and Grasses, Crown
Publishers, Inc., 1974
- Meilach, Dona Z, and Menagh, Dee, Basketry Today with Materials from
Nature, Crown Publishers, Inc. New York, 1979
- Mooney, David R., Triaxial Weaves and Weaving: An Exploration for Hand
Weavers, Ars Textrina, Vol. 2, December, 1984
- Mowat, Linda, Morphy, Howard, and Dransart, Penny ed., Basketmakers:
Meaning and Form in Native American Baskets, Pitt Rivers Museum,
Monograph 5, 1992
- Navajo School of Indian Basketry, Indian Basket Weaving, Dover Publications,
- Newman, Sandra Corrie, Indian Basket Weaving, Northland Press, 1974
- Pomo Indian Basket Weavers: Their Baskets and the Art Market,
The Magazine of the Univ. of Penn. Musuem of Archaeology & Anthropology,
Vol. 40, No. 1, 1998, $9.50 plus shipping & handling.
This special issue is devoted to Pomo Indian ethnohistory and basketry
and accompanies the Univ. of Penn. traveling exhibition.
- Pulleyn, Rob ed., The Basketmaker's Art: Contemporary Baskets and Their
Makers, Lark Books, 1986
- Roberts, Nellann, Egg Baskets to Weave, Plaid Enterprises, Inc., 1984
- Rohkohl, Donna, Baskets, Baskets, Baskets,
four 24 to 26 page instruction books (four color cover)
in paperback. Geared for the beginner (BK I) to the advanced weaver.
Each basket book is $5.50 + $1.00 shipping. Available from: The Basket Barn,
4775 W. Coon Lake Rd., Howell, MI 48843, phone: (517) 546-5316,
- "Book One" includes: mufin basket, gathering basket,
braids-n-Curls basket, fruit-n-blowers basket, chain-a-round basket, large market basket,
small market basket, and twining time basket.
- "Book Two" includes: childs garden basket, wall puch basket, large storage basket,
twill bottom market basket, Indian curl storage basket 1 & 2, tote basket,
Indian corn washing basket 1 & 2, herb drying basket.
- "Book Three" includes: smLl square storage basket, gathering basket with ash shoes,
bonnet basket 1&2, Cherokee sewing basket, lidded storage basket,
twill weave tote 1&2, seagrass sewing basket, field basket.
- "Book Four: Create an Heirloom" includes: doll bed with bead trim, small doll basssinet,
sall cradle, bassinet, large dool cradle, and family heirloom cradle.
- Rossbach, Ed, The Nature of Basketry, Schiffer Publishing, Inc., 1986
- Rossbach, Ed, The New Basketry, Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., 1976
- Rowe, Ann Pollard and Stevens Rebecca A.T. ed., Ed Rossbach 40 Years of
Exploration and Innovation in Fiber Art, Lark Books, 1990
- Schiffer, Nancy, Baskets, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 1984
- Schlick, Mary Dodds,
Columbia River basketry : Gift of the Ancestors, Gift of the Earth,
Seattle, WA: Univ. of Washington Pr., 1994 XVI, 232 pp.
(A Samuel and Althea Stroum book),
An important book on native Northwest Pacific basketry.
- Sekijima, Hisako, Basketry: Projects from Baskets to Grass Slippers, Kodansha
International Ltd., 1986
- Shermeta, Margo, Meeting Ground: Basketry Traditions and Sculptural Forms,
University Art Museum Arizona State University, 1990
- Siler, Lyn, The Basket Book, Lark/Sterling, 1988
- Siler, Lyn, Handmade Baskets, Lark/Sterling, 1991
- Stearns, Lynn ed., Papermaking for Basketry and Other Crafts, Lark Books, 1992
- Teleki, Gloria Roth, The Baskets of Rural America, E.P. Dutton, N.Y.C., 1975
- Teleki, Gloria Roth, Collecting Traditional American Basketry, E.P. Dutton, N.Y.C., 1979
- Summit, Ginger and Widess, Jim, The Complete Book of Gourd Craft, Lark Books, April 1996, $26.95 US, $37.00 Canada.
Everything you would ever want to know about growing, curing and embellishing gourds.
Features 122 gourd artists, with 300 photographs.
- TerBeest, Char, Gifts from the Earth: A Basketmaker's Field Guide to Midwest
Botanicals, Wild Willow Press, 1988
- Tod, Osma Gallinger, Earth Basketry, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 1986
- Tod, Osma Gallinger and Benson, Oscar H., Weaving with Reeds & Fibers,
Dover Publications, Inc., 1975
- Turnbaugh, William A. and Turnbaugh, Sarah Peabody, Indian Baskets,Schiffer
Publishing, Inc., 1986
- Verdet-Fierz, Bernard and Regula, Willow Basketry, Interweave Press, 1993
- Walpole, Lois, Creative Basket Making, North Light Books, Cincinnati,
- Wetherbee, Martha and Taylor, Nathan, Shaker Baskets,
History of shaker baskets. No patterns.
- Wetherbee, Martha and Taylor, Nathan,
Legend of the Bushwacker Basket, Martha Wetherbee Basket Shop, 1986
- Wright, Dorothy, The Complete Book of Baskets and Basketry, David & Charles,
This is a list of video tapes related to basketry.
- Atkinson, Sandy,
Series 100, 200, 300, 400 and 500 video tapes from the PBS-TV series.
Each contains 13 baskets, everyone different.
Video tapes are $15.95 each, containing one program, 30 minutes long.
Sets, containing the whole series of 13 programs and the companion
book: Series 300 set $165.00,
Series 400 set $135.00,
Series 500 set $135.00.
100 and 200 available through:
U of Michigan-Flint, WFUM TV 28,
1321 E Court St, Flint MI 48503.
Series 300-500 available through
Country Basket Weaving, 1-800-832-3071.
- Basketmaking in Colonial Virginia.
An entertaining and informative video
that takes you on a journey back in time to join
Mr. and Mrs. William Cody
Cook as they lived and worked as a
husband and wife basketmaking team in
colonial Virginia. No detail of the basketmaking process i
s left out; as they
take you to learn how to choose the tree,
prepare the oak splits, weave the
basket, and prepare and lash the rim.
The carving of the bushel handles is to
be noted; the fine craftsmen who carve their
handles of white oak today do
them exactly as Mr. Cook does in the video.
This video is a wonderful
reminder that, as we near the twenty first century,
human hands still
outperform machines in the construction of baskets.
Color/running time: 28 min.
To order, price $19.95 +$3.00 postage,
contact KMC Baskets & Folkart,
13 Mayberry Dr., Tinton Falls, NJ 07724
- "Introduction to Coiling" CDROM, illustrates coiling basics
through easy-to-follow photos and text. Available at:
- McGuire, John, Traditional New England Basketmaking, 90 mins.,
$39.95 + $3.50 S&H, Brookfield Craft Center, Box 122, Brookfield, CT 06804
- Stanley, W.J, Pining for Your Spirit -
Covers the history behind coiling & gourds -
collecting respectfully from the
forest, storage and preparation of materials,
coiling and shaping from beginning to end,
and finally, the application of coiling to gourds.
$24.95 ($19.95 for the video, $5.00 shipping).
Gourdsket® Vessel Company, Inc
- "Owen Rein's Peeling and Weaving Hickory Bark Chair Seats"
video: 1 hr. 7 min., Owen describes the thinking involved in
choosing a tree to be harvested, then fells the
tree and shows us how to work right there, on the spot.
After removing the rough bark and peeling the hickory strips,
Owen takes us "back to the house" to
demonstrate weaving the hickory bark strips into a chairseat.
For more information see:
- Virginia Harvey - A Legacy in Fiber Arts, (Mar., 2002) -
This 28-minute, broadcast-quality documentary covers the life and
career of Virginia Harvey, an influential writer, teacher, publisher,
and researcher who left an
indelible mark on a generation of textile artists.
Two of her books are, "Macramé, The Art of Creative Knotting"
and "Techniques of Basketry".
$30 includes shipping, write Living Treasures, PO Box 31611,
Seattle WA 98103 or visit our web site at:
- Youngblood, Estel
,Make a Basket from a Tree Workshop he conducted at The Caning Shop in Berkeley, in 1985. The tape
is 59 minutes and retails for $19.95. Available from The Caning Shop
Last updated Mar. 10, 2009