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This poem is from River Country Basket Guild

      My Wife's a Basket Weaver 
She learned to weave on Monday.
Her basket was quite fine.
She forgot to thaw out dinner,
So we went out to dine.

She made a twill on Tuesday.
She says they are a must. 
They really look quite lovely,
But she forgot to dust.

On Wednesday it was wickerwork.
She says the twinings fun.
Three rod wale and braiding rims,
But the laundry wasn't done.

Her basket swap was Thursday.
"Expect her late" she said.
I guess she really was too busy,
Cause she never made the bed.

It was ribbed baskets Friday.
Using new techniques for sure.
But she never seemed to care about
Her mess still on the floor.

So I found a maid on Saturday.
My live is now complete.
My wife can weave for hours
And the house will still be neat.

Well, today is only Sunday.
And I'm already peeved.
I cursed and raved and ranted
Cause she taught the maid to weave.

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For free patterns, check out these links (and please let me know if you have others you want to share):

Free Basket Weaving Patterns from Craft Freebies

Free Basket Patterns from the Basketmaker's Catalog

The Country Seat, Inc Free Patterns

 

There are hundreds of terrific websites with basketry information, but the following links will help get you started on your journey:

All Fiber Arts: Links to information, free patterns, shops and resources for weaving of all types.

American Gourd Society: Informative site for gourd enthusiasts.

Baskets of Joy: Lots of great stuff, including free patterns!

Basketry Information: Links to guilds, suppliers, information, etc.

Basket Weaving Supplies

Carolina Basketry

Suzanne Moore's: N.C. Basket Works

Wickerwoman Great site with monthly articles and information of interest to the basketmaker in us all.

 

For a real treat, try going to Google's Images search page and type in the word "basket" and see what you get. You can narrow your search by putting in a type of basket, for example, "pine needle basket", or "rustic basket" and you'll be rewarded with hundreds of images for inspiration and ideas.
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