Varieties of Basket Making Techniques
A basket is simply a large container which is commonly made out of a variety of materials and is usually made out of stiff strong fibers. While most baskets nowadays are made out of plant materials, other types of materials like animal hair, baleen, and metal wire are also used. Baskets are typically woven manually by hand. Some baskets have handles while others can easily be carried without any support at all.
Today, baskets can also be made using complex machinery called loom that can easily produce a variety of different shapes. Basket making is also a craft that has been handed down through the generations. In many cultures, basket making is seen as an important part of social life. Twine creating is the oldest known basket making technique that dates back to early Assyrian times. The ancient Chinese culture also developed a unique type of basket called the Long Jing which was used in food preparation. Other basket making techniques that originated from ancient cultures include those of basket making with twine, basket weaving, spinning, and gondola baskets.
Today, the most common types of baskets in the United States are the basic ones made out of fiber, such as cotton, polyester, rayon, linen, wool, jute, and sisal. Bamboo baskets have also become quite popular in recent years, as more people become interested in preserving natural resources. However, bamboo basketry is made out of a completely different type of fiber than can be found in typical baskets such as those made out of cotton, polyester, jute, and sisal. Bamboo baskets usually consist of long, thin, hollow bamboo tubes filled with a variety of natural fibers, such as ramie, chenille, rayon, and ramie.
There are also a number of specially designed basketry items available on the market today. Some of these are specialty baskets that contain silk flowers, spices, dried fruit, fresh herbs, and specialty foods, such as imported chocolates. Basketry has also become quite popular with potters who create handmade artistically crafted decorative pots and bowls in a number of shapes and sizes.
A very interesting type of basket making that has been around for several centuries is basket-making with crochet hooks. These small tubes of colorful yarn or other synthetic fibers are strung together on yarn sticks with crochet hooks. This is an extremely popular method of making handmade baskets because of the wide range of colors, textures, and looks that can be produced by using crochet hooks. Although this method may take more time to complete than the other methods of basket-making described above, it can also produce interesting and unique results. Some of the yarns that can be successfully used in this technique include: Red Safflower, Cashmere, Egyptian Cotton, Kari, Indian Linen, Australian Wool, Swollen Limb, Kork yarn, and other artificial fibers.
For even more variety of basket-making options, many crafters have learned to make reusable household items out of wicker, natural fibers, and synthetic materials. Baskets made out of these various materials can be found online at various websites dedicated to this craft. In addition to the traditional basket-making supplies, many crafters have learned how to use dying and gluing techniques to create a wide variety of effects with these various materials. The most popular basket-making method used to create these types of items is by weaving the fabrics with long strips of yarn held together by a thin thread, then sewing or stitching them together to form a basket-like container.