As a break from precise geometric work, I was aching to have a go at something a little less rigid. Then I saw that Christi York, whom I follow on Instagram, had produced some videos on making open weave baskets.
Her baskets were made from peeled, split ivy (she’s also produced videos showing how to do this). However, I had a go at this but totally failed to split the ivy evenly. (I’ve had similar problems with trying to split willow.)
So I thought I would use some cane leftover from making my cane platter. I’m afraid I didn’t take any photos as I went along not enough hands! 😉 Here’s the result – it’s about 10cm (4 inches) high.
I decided to add a handle on one side so it could be hung up – maybe for keys or a couple of bulbs of garlic.
As Christi says in the videos, cane is very regular, which makes it easy to use. So I decided to make another one with more irregular material –
cordyalis cordyline leaves.
I have a
cordyalis cordyline plant in the back garden – I’m not sure where it came from, as it wasn’t there when we moved in and I’m pretty sure I didn’t plant it! But its leaves are very strong for basketry. They fall off naturally, but sometimes I remove them from the trunk when they have gone brown. I soak them for about an hour in warm water and then wrap them in a towel to mellow overnight.
cordyalis cordyline version.
This is even smaller than the cane basket – about 7cm (3 inches) high and 6cm (2.5 inches) across. I used the same number of stakes (9) for each.
Here you can see them together.
It was very relaxing to make something more freeform – it was also relatively quick!
Edited to say: Got the name of the plant wrong – should be cordyline, not cordyalis. Goodness knows where that even came from!