A Plaited Basket and some Encouragement

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You can use just about any pliable material to weave baskets. Here, I’ve folded strips of funny papers for a colorful low-cost, recycled-materials vessel. This basket appears in my book Time to Weave where I’ve given instructions on how to weave plaited baskets.

As creators, I think we sometimes get stymied by fear: we’re not good enough, we think we don’t have any ideas, we don’t know if our designs will work… I want to encourage you to just keep going, try to push self-doubt away. The only way to improve and get to the place you want to go is to keep working. I try to keep this Maslow quote in mind when I feel uncertain.

“If you are afraid of making (a) crazy mistake, then you’ll never get any of the bright ideas either.”
-A.H. Maslow

Schacht Spindle

Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. was founded during the back-to-earth movement of the late 1960's and its accompanying craft resurgence. Their first loom was a simple tapestry loom, a version which they still make today. Over nearly 50 years, Schacht has developed a broad range of high quality hand weaving and hand spinning tools, including their popular Cricket Loom and Ladybug Spinning wheel. Schacht’s mission is to create beautiful and well-designed products that enhance customers’ weaving and spinning experience through innovative problem solving, creative ideas, skilled woodworking and craftsmanship, and friendly, knowledgeable customer service. Schacht’s family owned business is located in Boulder, Colorado.