- Would someone please send me a small listing of some wicker basketry
books that might get me started. Thank you. Also does anyone have
anything on the history of basketry making using broad leaf reeds such
- Cynthia Maute wrote:
>Bonnie Gale's site (English Basketry Willows}:
> Would someone please send me a small listing of some wicker basketry
> books that might get me started. Thank you. Also does anyone have
> anything on the history of basketry making using broad leaf reeds such
> as cattails?
has a number of books on willow work. I've listed some of them
(with her prices and comments) below. You might find them
cheaper elsewhere, such as used book sites. She has some info on
bullrush weaving also. I don't know if that is applicable to
>"Willow Work" by Mary Butcher
1995. 64 pages, softbound.....$24.95
This revised edition of one of the finest English technique
books, gives step-by-step instructions for the making of 13
baskets, each building on previous skills and introducing new
ones. Full explanation in text and prolific diagrams. Imported
directly from England--not available elsewhere.
* "The Complete Book of Basketry Techniques" by Sue Gabriel
and Sally Goymer, 1999. 176 pages,
This book commences with a discussion of the range of
materials and basketry forms. There is a chapter on each of the
following techniques: bases and staking up; weaves; borders;
handles; lids, fastenings and fittings. This is a basic
* "Willow Basketry" by Bernard and Regula Verdet-Fierz,
1993. 355 pages, hardbound................................$21.95
A very complete textbook on willow basketry by a Swiss
willow basketmaker, illustrated with woodcut drawings. This book
discusses growing willows; preparation; tools; techniques and the
making of round, oval and square baskets. A magnificent book.
Good value for the money.
"Willow Basket-Work" by A. G. Knock, 1979. 51 pages,
A classic text on willow basketmaking, covering materials and
equipment; technical terms; methods of weaving; borders and
handles; skein, round, oval and rectangular work. A practical
and very well-written manual for the student with some knowledge
who wishes to fully explore all aspects and choices. This book
is out of print and copies are limited.