For beginners, nature lovers, and expert weavers alike, these pages teach how to create baskets using natural materials found in the woods and fields. One of craft pioneer Osma Tod's most popular books, this guide was first published in 1933 and is still in print thanks to its timeless information and its clear instructions. Tod explains a wide variety of weaving techniques step by step, with precise diagrams to follow, and her charming way of inspiring respect for natural materials helps make this book one of a kind.
The chapters explain gathering and preparing both round and flat natural materials like leaves, roots, reeds, grasses, vines, shoots, willow, pine needles, bark, splints, and more. Instructions for making borders, lids, handles, and fasteners give many options. Projects include a cedar-bark basket for kindling, cat-tail mats, a vine birdhouse, a pedestal fruit basket of coralberry runners, sturdy bark work baskets, and dozens more.
About the Author
Osma Gallinger Tod (1895-1983) was an important figure in repopularising traditional crafts among Americans. A leader of the reawakening US craft movement during the 1930's, she ran crafts communities in Michigan and Pennsylvania, and founded the craft business that later, after she sold it to Harry and Katharine Manning in 1960, became The Mannings Creative Crafts Handweaving School, Supply Center. She founded and directed the National Conference of American Handweavers, and founded the magazine The Shuttle Service.
Tod was the author of many books, several of which are still in print. Her books celebrated traditional craft forms, and she championed a respect for fine craftsmanship among a broad audience outside the traditional craft world. Earth Basketry is one of her longest-lived books, first published in 1933 as Basket Pioneering, and it continues to instruct and inspire today.