Making a basket is probably the oldest weaving method that goes back thousands of years. Young branches and strong grasses were used to make small handy baskets for hunting, fishing, carrying, and storing items. Weaving baskets was a quick way to produce the tool when needed and with materials available nearby. Over the centuries, making process and materials became more sophisticated and designs more intricate.
This quick and simple project uses brown willow to make a frame basket. The basket is woven around the cardboard former which holds the basket in shape while you concentrate on the weaving. once you’ve mastered the basic weave you can enjoy watching the piece takes shape. This basket makes a great basket or looks good as a sculptural piece hung on a wall.
During the 1930s, homes were being built at a rate of knots all over the United Kingdom. People were moving in droves out in suburbia and into lovely new semis and detached properties, where the kitchen, as now, was the heart of the home. People wanted to create their own warm and friendly 1930s-inspired country kitchen and dining space, and part of that period look was achieved with willow weaving, a popular craft in this decade.