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 1960s 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.