How to Create Beautiful Baskets Using Functional and Natural Items
A basket is a cylindrical container which is designed to carry loose items. It is closed at the top with a lid but can also be hinged to open like a door. Baskets are commonly made of straw, plant fibres, wood, and plastic, while most baskets are constructed out of animal materials like straw, baleen, and horsehair. Baskets used for transporting food and other goods are called wicker baskets while those used for cosmetic and personal uses are called clay baskets.
While most wicker baskets may be painted, you may want to use a non-toxic spray paint to paint the basket’s wooden finish. This will not only provide a bit of color to the baskets but will also help preserve its quality over time. The material of choice when making a basket-making project should be durable and lightweight, since baskets are often used to carry lightweight items, as they are very light. For baskets made from different materials, it is important to check how tightly they are woven together so that the baskets will maintain their shape. Baskets made from natural plant fibers, however, may be prone to breaking down because of the elements.
To make baskets out of durable materials like silk, goat fiber, cotton and sisal, the weaving should be tight enough to avoid buckling. Goat fiber is the most common material used when making baskets, since it is very durable and strong. Bamboo is another popular choice for basket-making, as it is also very durable and a great alternative if you’re concerned about the environment. Since most bamboo basket-making processes do not involve any chemical processes, the resulting basket will be free of any chemicals.
When it comes to using twigs, it is important to avoid twigs with large pieces because small twigs can break off easily and get entangled in the basket material, especially if the twigs are not woven together properly. If possible, it is best to use only one or two big pieces of twigs to weave the basket because the larger the twigs are, the harder it will be to keep the twigs intact. Large twigs that have knotty fibers are also not recommended because they could entangle and pull on the smaller twigs inside the basket. When using raw materials like these, it is best to use twigs that are already finely twisted, because twigs that are not finely twisted could break off the basket material.
There are many benefits when it comes to making baskets out of organic materials. Unlike materials that cannot withstand the outdoors’ elements, such as wool, for example, woven baskets are very weather-resistant. In addition, natural fibers, like those found in gourds and yams, are naturally anti-allergenic, thus they are also safe for the environment.
The art of weaving a basket involves twisting, braiding, and sewing the basket threads together. The twisting process allows for greater control over the quality of the finished basket, which is the reason why most professional weavers use a spading fork to accomplish this task. A spading fork is a rounded metal rod covered with a handle. The spading fork will be utilized in order to penetrate the fibers of the basket material and gradually turn it into yarn. It is the turning of the yarn that gives the basket its characteristic round shape.