For beginners, nature lovers, and expertweavers alike, these pages teach how to create baskets using natural materials found in the woods and fields. One of craft pioneer Osma Tods most popular books, this guide was first published in 1933 and is still in print thanks to its timelessinformation and its clear instructions. Tod explains a widevariety of weaving techniques step by step, with precise diagrams to follow, and her charming way of inspiring respect for natural materials helps make this book one of a kind. The chapters explain gatheringand preparing both round and flat natural materials like leaves,roots, reeds, grasses, vines, shoots, willow, pine needles, bark, splints, and more. Instructions for making borders, lids, handles, and fasteners give many options. Projects include a cedar-bark basket for kindling, cat-tail mats, a vine birdhouse, a pedestal fruit basket of coralberry runners, sturdy bark work baskets, and dozens more.
Josephine Breen Del Deo was born in Pierrepont, New York, but has lived in Provincetown, Massachusetts since 1953, together with her husband, the painter Salvatore Del Deo. After graduating from St. Lawrence University, she began her prolific writing career, which includes poetry, fiction, biography, art history, essays, and plays. She also has been engaged in significant community activity, including her participation in preserving over 3,000 acres of the state-owned Province Lands in Provincetown for inclusion in the Cape Cod National Seashore Park. Working tirelessly to preserve environmental and historic legacies, Del Deo provides a rare perspective in this memoir.