Sylvie Begot is a basketry instructor and the author of Basketweaving for Beginners.
Nature is a constant source of inspiration, writes Begot (Basketweaving for Beginners) in this innovative guide to making woven projects from wild plants. Begot lays out what tools are needed for basic weaving (such as a folding tool and a pruning knife), along with project-specific add-ons (including a staple machine and a hot glue gun), and succinctly covers common weaving techniques. The 23 projects are organized by material: cattail leaves create a shoulder bag, tree bark becomes Windmill Earrings, willow stems are used for a bird feeder, and iris leaves form a Double Heart decoration. Clear photographs accompany Begot's detailed instructions for harvesting and trimming materials ( cattails must be cut at the base with pruning shears, for instance). A glossary breaks down basic terms and proper positioning (she suggests sitting at a table or on your knees, and using a cloth to protect you from getting wet and dirty ). Resourceful crafters will want to give these eco-friendly projects a look.--Publishers Weekly