July 11, 2015


The rhythm of twining is like the rhythm of knitting – slow, steady and
soothing. The process of creating art using those crafts talks to my

Twining is the ancient art of twisting two cords (weavers) around one cord
(spoke). Many refer to them as warps and wefts, but the children I teach
understand weavers and spokes better.

I first learned this craft in 2003 when arthritis in my hands wouldn’t
allow me to crochet. I had decided to explore the use of beads and bead
weaving and in the process found an article on twining a miniature basket
of waxed linen. I’ve been creating baskets, wall hangings, purses, mats
and other objects ever since. During my adventure I was presented the
opportunity to participate in a basket weaving gathering of women who met
monthly. It was an honor and privilege to learn how to harvest materials,
prepare them and create woven items.

One of our gatherings was a two-day conference where you could learn about
various methods and materials and twine a basket. I started with
Pendleton Wool the first day. The second day we learned how to strip and
peel cedar bark. I was hooked. Since that time, they have taught us
about spruce root, willow, and sedge. My favorites are the waxed linen,
sedge, cedar bark and Pendleton wool.

The older I get the more I appreciate those gatherings, and the more
interested I am in passing it on through demonstrations at fairs and
festivals. You’re welcome to join me at the Old Capitol Arts and Living
History Festival September 11 and 12 in Fillmore, Utah. Ore. Or the Salt
Lake Family Christmas Gift Show in Sandy, UT November 14-16th at the
South Towne Center.

Until next time – – –