Indian Basket Weaving

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Whedon, 1903 - Basket making - 103 pages
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Page 22 - ... the reed and finishing, see Fig. VI. Fig. VII (b) shows the completed basket. 14. Lazy Squaw Weave, (a) SMALL COIL. To commence a round basket follow the instructions given in Fig. VI. This is a long and a short stitch. Hold the coil in the left hand. Wrap the raffia toward you and around the reed, 'then over the reed again and down through the center of the coil. This gives the long stitch, while wrapping the reed once gives the short stitch (Fig. X). In the Lazy Squaw weave the thread is wound...
Page 8 - Pima granaries, and in others the root material is shredded so fine that nearly 100 stitches are made within an inch of space. In form, the coiled ware may be perfectly flat, as in a table mat, or built up into the most exquisite jar shape, in design the upright stitches lend themselves to the greatest variety of intricate patterns.
Page 90 - Aleuts frequently use, for their warp, stems of wild rye or other grasses, in which the straws are split and the two halves pass upward in zigzag form; each half of a warp is caught alternately with the other half of the same straw and with a half of the adjoining straw, making a series of triangular instead of rectangular spaces (tig.
Page 90 - A still further variation is given to plain twined ware by crossing the warps. In bamboo basketry of eastern Asia these crossed warps are also interlaced or held together by a horizontal "strip of bamboo passing...
Page 7 - A basket made after our instructions is a real Indian basket, except for the fact that white fingers instead of brown ones fashioned it.
Page 90 - ... twined weaving. — In diagonal twined weaving the twisting of the weft filaments is precisely the same as in plain twined weaving. The difference of the texture on the outside is caused by the manner in which the wefts cross the warps. This style abounds among the Ute Indians and the Apache, who dip the bottles made in this fashion into pitch and thus make a watertight vessel, the open meshes receiving the pitch more freely. The technic of diagonal twined weaving consists in passing over two...
Page 7 - What would be the civilized man of today, without the art of weaving, the soft art that surrounds his home with comfort and his life with luxuries.?
Page 10 - Holding the reed firmly in the left hand, draw it through the fingers of the right, shaping the end into a round coil.
Page 13 - ... is securely fastened. To introduce color, proceed in the same manner as in introducing new threads. Do not cut the threads in changing from one color to another, but carry them along with the reed, and work over them. In filling out designs, stitches are not counted as would naturally be supposed. The design must be filled in solid, and may take more or less stitches, according to the size of the thread. A pattern of the design to be used may be cut from paper, and laid on the basket as the work...
Page 22 - If the squaw felt inclined to slight her weaving, she would wrap the single "bam" (reed) two, three or four times before taking the much harder long stitch which held tlvj "bams" together, and so would receive from the other squaws harsh criticism, as well as the contemptuous appellation,

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