Traditional Craft Kits

Turtle Design Coiled Basket DIY Craft Kit

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Basketry weaving is a fun and relaxing activity that people of many cultures have enjoyed for many thousands of years. Different geographic areas have their own unique styles, largely based on the materials that are available there. Traditional materials come from such things as grasses, rushes, barks, reeds, canes, roots, split leaves and split twigs. 

These instructions will teach you how to coil a shallow tray shaped basket with the design of a turtle. The instructions include interesting facts about turtle symbolism and importance. This kit is intended for intermediate skill level; someone who has already made a beginner coiled basket. 

Coiling is a basketry method where one material is wrapped around another in a spiral. Generally the materials used for wrapping are soft and flexible while the coil can be a bit more rigid.

Basketry requires patience and perseverance. Keep at it and you will be proud of your new skills and finished basket. This basket will take approximately 6 to 8 hours to complete and it is recommended to stitch in several sessions, taking frequent breaks.

Product Details:

  • Kit contains the materials you'll need: fiber rush, raffia, tapestry needle and color photo instructions
  • You will also need: scissors, ruler, water
  • This kit also includes a free design sheet should you wish to purchase materials to make a basket of your own design
  • Kit makes one petite coiled basket about 5" to 6" wide
  • Ages 12 and up, adult participation necessary for younger ages
  • Made in the USA

Artisan Spotlight

At Traditional Craft Kits we believe that people have enormous creative potential. With our kits we challenge people to expand their comfort zone and turn raw, natural materials into pieces of art. Our mission is to keep traditional crafting relevant in our modern world. We offer products that teach hands on skills, spark creativity and inspire appreciation for handmade arts. Learning these traditional skills opens up a whole new and fulfilling world of creativity.  Our projects vary from simple to complex. Our beginner basket kits take as little as an hour to complete, whereas our more advanced coiled designs take as much as 20 hours or more. This provides a lasting memorable experience and the satisfaction of accomplishment.

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