[Homestead] Iris and basket weaving Was: Re: Swamp, was This and That
erthnsky at bellsouth.net
Fri Feb 2 14:08:38 EST 2007
Lynda, is there a particular kind of iris you use for this?
I only have the big, tall, bearded types..purple and yellow varieties.
All this time, and I never knew you made baskets...learn something knew
everyday about people here!
> I just learned from the elders. I don't know if there are any websites. We
> use both the root and the leaves.
> There are a couple of ways to use iris leaves. One method, you spritz the
> leaves and put them between a couple of damp towels (makes them easier to
> work with, more pliable) and you do a basket weave. Second method is the
> one I use. I soak the leaves, again to make them more pliable, and then
> pull them apart. They come off as "strings." For the roots, generally,
> folks dry them somewhat and then pound them. I use a rolling pin <g>
> Again, you get long thread like thingies. The roots pick up dye real well
> and I use them for designs in the baskets.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "clhw" <clhw at InfoAve.Net>
>> Lynda -- please explain how they are used.
>> Is there a web site for this?
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