Explore the art of basketry in this idea-filled book for weavers at all levels. Over 300 how-to photographs, guidance on using a fascinating selection of woven styles, and 15 original new patterns combine to offer much more than traditional, historical weaving. Learn the basics, materials, dyes, tools, and techniques; then practice, using all or parts of the book to create your own award-winning designs. Traditional baskets are updated with new techniques, while contemporary patterns employ flat, flat oval, and round reed in plaids, twills, spiral, braids, arrows, diamonds, twining, waling, handle wraps, rim borders, and more. A gallery section features the inspiring artwork of experts who are bringing unique ideas to twenty-first-century woven art. This book will serve as a practical guide and an essential reference for every basket weaver.
An avid collector of Native American baskets, Pati English is Resident Artist on the Approved Artist Roster, South Carolina Arts Commission, and a juried artisan with art centers in the Southeast, where she has earned numerous awards. English teaches many of her basket patterns incorporating materials that are hand-dyed in her studio. Her baskets have been featured in national publications, and she has appeared on ETV and RFD-TV. Active with several guilds, English teaches and works to keep the art of basketry alive in the twenty-first century.

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