Beaded Basket

Size: 4" x 6" x 1.2" high

The rims for this kit are available for $5.00 in the Needlework Nibbles section of the webstore.

This beaded basket is a slightly larger reproduction of a series of four baskets found in embroidered caskets. The originals, about 3" x 4" in size, show the same working pattern with minor differences for maker. Made from green and white beads, the originals show the same techniques as the structures of large 17th century beaded christening baskets. It is possible that these small baskets were intended as a small teaching project to prepare the students for making the larger, more embellished versions.

This basket is a wonderful and easy way to explore the idea of a christening basket without making such a large item. Using small Delica beads and techniques such as peyote stitch, small flowers, fruits, animals, etc. can be made to add to this structure. To this end, Thistle Threads is sponsoring a design contest to use this Needlework Nibble to design a basket of your own inspiration! See the competition PDF for complete details, awards and rules.

The Needlework Nibble contains the large oval forms, a spool of wire, and three types of beads. A portion of the proceeds will go to the grant to the Holburne Museum in Bath, England as part of their purchase of an exquisite 17th century basket. The instructions for the basket are below in pdf pages.

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