make foraging baskets

  • March 1, 2014 · 12:00 PM

In traditional cultures in the north, the warm months were spent gathering and storing food in preparation for the cold to come. But what did the native people do all winter? They didn't just sit idle waiting for things to start turning green. Winter was actually a very busy time as everyone worked to make sure they would be prepared to harvest and preserve the next season's bounty. Stuck in groups inside of the lodges, people took advantage of the time to work on sedentary projects. They would mend traps and nets, sew and repair clothing, make and fix tools, weave mats and baskets...

My foraging basket is getting worn and I need to make a new one. If other people are interested we can get a group together. It's not hard, no experience necessary. I can't have a bunch of people at my place, so I need someone to volunteer a location. This isn't horribly messy or anything like that, we just need someplace where people can sit and work. Once we have a location we can set the date and time.

I'm planning to use cattail and bittersweet. These are excellent starter options if you haven't done any basket making before. I will have plenty of extra materials. There will be a $5 material fee. No charge if you bring your own supplies.

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  • Rachel M.

    Elaine, If you click the "good to see you button" it sends a little message to that person.

    March 5, 2014

    • Elaine

      Ah, that kinda explains those "stay in touch" emails I got. Thanks for letting me know!

      March 5, 2014

  • Rachel M.

    Good summary you guys. Can't wait for spring so I can get some decent cane and finish that basket. :)

    March 5, 2014

  • Elaine

    Oh, and to add to Milton French's post, the other Milton (organizer) brought acorns and miso and Minjung brought kimchi (sp?)!

    March 5, 2014

  • Elaine

    It was great to finally meet some people from the group. It was fun! Looking forward to more opportunities to meet fellow forages and to share knowledge with each other.

    By the way, why does it say "Good to see you" by everyone's name on the RSVPed list except mine! Was I supposed to do something? And why is it there. I mean, most of the people weren't in attendance... I'm a little behind in all of this online social netwoking stuff and still trying to figure it all out!

    March 5, 2014

  • Milton F.

    Rachel brought bittersweet vine and I brought cattails. We made a frame from the bittersweet and soaked the cattails in water, but decided the cattails were too brittle this late in the season to finish the baskets. We used some twine to tie the pieces together but I think Indian hemp could be used.
    I brought walnuts and Rachel brought butternuts. Brooke had some homemade soup and Rachel brought a dish that resembles bread pudding, although I am not sure what was in it.
    I think reeds would make a nice basket if you could soak them enough to get them pliable. There were 7 of us and we stayed until after 3 PM.

    March 4, 2014

  • Kim

    So sorry I had to miss this but picked up the flu and was sure you all didn't want me around. Hopefully we can meet in the future soon.

    March 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I signed up for this but haven't seen a location yet. Please share if there is one. Thanks so much!!

    February 28, 2014

    • Elaine

      Hi Phyllis. The location (which I don't have on me right now) is disclosed in the NUTS meet up conversation. I hope I get a chance to meet you today!

      March 1, 2014

  • Rachel M.

    We are combining this with the Nuts meet-up

    January 29, 2014

  • Rachel Mifsud changed the date and time to Saturday, March 01, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    January 29, 2014

  • Robin

    I'd love to! What a great idea!

    December 28, 2013

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