The gallery below highlights some of my earlier works in the years 2005 – 2010. My first baskets were created in the traditional way using raffia as the binding medium. In the early years, I worked exclusively with raffia as I had not yet discovered waxed threads and sinews. Raffia is a more difficult binder to work with since it breaks and you must work with shorter lengths. As a result, the baskets took much longer to complete. And, since I was still working at the time, I didn’t complete many baskets.
After discovering sinews and waxed threads, I felt like a whole new world opened up to me. It was delightful….and oh, the colors you could find in the waxed threads. I love the look of the traditional raffia baskets….but I cherish the ease of threads!