A craft of great utility, and possible for many types of handicapped workers.
a. Reed or woven baskets.
Materials used, and methods of handling, starting round and oblong baskets, borders, etc.
Illustrations of melon-shaped baskets, cut-flower holders, jardinieres, etc.
Typical Indian methods of basket making. Materials used - raffia as a substitute. Making a Navajo stitch bowl basket and a Pomo Bam
Tush twined basket. Illustrations of stitches, and of finished baskets.
Basketry is one of the most satisfactory of crafts, as good baskets are in demand everywhere, the materials are easily obtainable and the work itself is interesting, affords an expression of artistic ability, and is not too difficult for cripples or invalids to undertake successfully.
Melon shaped baskets such as are made by the Kentucky mountaineers, and by the Canadian habitants, are always salable anywhere, and there are certain other types such as work baskets, scrap baskets, etc., always in demand, and so easy to make that it is not necessary to give detailed instructions further than to explain the various weaves used.
The most of the baskets illustrated were made by old crippled men in the Lincoln Hospital and Home in New York City - they regularly supply a garden store with large flower baskets, a florist with holders for cut flowers, and a candy and bonbon shop with candy baskets of reed. Some workers confine their efforts to very fine sewed or coiled raffia baskets which sell for from five to ten dollars each. As soon as the workers became proficient their work found a ready market. Experiments are now being made by them with baskets of native materials, such as maple splints, rush and corn husks.