Aug 19 2007

Two New Creations

Published by at 7:09 pm under Plant Materials

Nothing great to report. I’ve been gathering some nettle fibres for fishing lines, a carrying net and a fishing net. I have tested some new techniques for making willow basketry, since this was a crude attempt at a burden basket I will not post anything about the techniques I’ve tested them further and gotten better at it.

Both Patrick McGlinchey and Jon_R have recently been experimenting with coiled basketry and that has inspired me to give it a go. To start on this type of project I needed to make a needle first. This one is out of a thin, flat section of reindeer antler. I expect the thinness to be an advantage in this kind of work.


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5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Two New Creations”

  1. Mungoon 19 Aug 2007 at 10:40 pm

    I can’t wait to see a post about coiled basketry – this is something I would like to try myself.

  2. American Bushmanon 29 Aug 2007 at 4:25 am

    Fantastic needle. I just made a couple of bone needles last week and now have a much better idea what it takes.

    Did you use a graver to cut the needle out of the antler?

    Great pictures.


  3. torjusgaarenon 29 Aug 2007 at 8:29 pm

    Thanks bushman

    I used flint flakes as engravers to cut out the needle blank from the main piece, then I ground it even on a quartzite slate piece. The hole was made by scoring with a flake.

    Keep in mind that these needles are far too big for ordinary sewing. The process is described here:

  4. torjusgaarenon 29 Aug 2007 at 9:10 pm

    The needle in the tutorial there is for regular sewing by the way. 😉

  5. American Bushmanon 01 Sep 2007 at 8:12 pm

    Yeah, that’s how I made mine.

    Breaking one at the eye becomes much more heart-wrenching when you’ve spent the better part of the morning scoring the bone, cutting out the blank, shaping it, and then cutting in the eye–all with flint gravers.

    Great stuff.



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