WEAV­ING BAS­KETS

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Har­vest wil­low or other pli­able branches (live dog­wood or grapevine) in win­ter when the leaves have fallen. Pick a va­ri­ety of stems; the thicker stems can be used for frame­work and the thin­ner, more flex­i­ble stems can be used for weav­ing. Use the freshly picked stems while they are still pli­able. If us­ing after they have dried, they will need to be soaked first. Weave a round base, then fold up the frame­work and tie at the top. Con­tinue to weave thin­ner stems at the bot­tom to form a bas­ket.

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