There are some gorgeous harvest baskets out there that you can use for your garden and season produce. No doubt, there is fun when you take with you a harvest basket to the farmer’s markets. You can place a few items into these baskets and enjoy some of the favorite things all season long.
It’s worth noting that weaving baskets is now a popular fashion, and the activity has become a hobby or craft. Growing and harvesting raw materials requires a bit of know-how. The materials that need to be woven should be flexible, durable, and plentiful. There are many wild plants out there you can choose or even grow your harvest basket materials. This article explains how harvest baskets are created.
Harvesting Raw Materials for Weaving Baskets
People across the globe have been weaving harvest baskets using plants for many years. There are many modern basket weavers who still use the historical techniques alongside contemporary and fresh designs.
If you intend to make a harvest basket, then you start gathering basket weaving plants. Reeds and grasses are great, though there are various trees and vines you can harvest as raw materials. It can also be a good idea to figure out the right plants that can be useful. Remember that the ability of a plant to bend can change over the year.
This is the reason why many weavers prefer harvesting the raw materials in winter because there is less foliage that can affect flexible stems. There is also much of the plant that has already dried up. As long as the plants bend and are not that green, it can work well for weaving baskets.
Depending on the raw material, you can decide to harvest a plant while it’s still green as it can be easier to work with or you may even want to dry the basket materials. A good idea is to experiment with the raw materials to find the most suitable ones.
It’s worth noting that plants used in weaving baskets can vary depending on where you live. In some places, the plants are usually ash and eastern white oaks. Other trees used as basket materials include hickory, cedar, birch, and willow. Wild vines can also be quite useful because they naturally bend. The leaves of various larger bulbs, as well as tuber plants, may also be used. Reeds and beargrass have also been used for basket weaving for many years.
Preparing Basketry Materials
As explained earlier, it can sometimes need a bit of trial and error to find the right basket materials. The same thing is also true when it comes to preparing and storing the basket materials. Most of the materials need to be dried, moistened and wrapped in a towel for overnight.
You can also find some raw materials that are better to utilize while they are still green and fresh and they tend to be flexible. Remember that every raw material is different to work with. For example, there is a honeysuckle that needs to be boiled and allow them to sit for at least a day or two.