Rope Coil Technique

This impressive technique, where the basket looks like a braided rope, was introduced by Danish artist Klaus Titze – he invented it. The technique impressed many and soon was interpreted in various wicker works by a number of clever basketmakers. The technique has become known, but few people knew how to weave that style. With a little help from my friend Gabriela, I found the principle and I am bringing you now one of the ways to achieve that rope effect on baskets.



“BOWL Made with a Rope Coil Technique”

To make it easier for you to master this inspirational technique, I have prepared and published a short booklet in the same format and presented in the same way as the procedures in my book BASKETRY – The Art of Willow Craft. The booklet describing the weaving of the rounded bowl actually follows the book. If you are not an advanced basket maker, you will also need a general book with basics, because in the booklet, to make it short, I do not deal with techniques that are thoroughly elaborated in the book BASKETRY, mentioned above, I just refer to sections in it for detail of basic techniques. 

I recommend you to start weaving this bow if you have some experience in weaving – when you have made some willow baskets. For example, in my beginners’ courses, we get to weave rope coil on day 4, when people are already familiar with the material, master basic basket weaving techniques, and are familiar with a lot of rods that are typical for rope coil technique I demonstrate. Therefore, if you are starting out, I suggest you use my book BASKETRY to master the basics of it – to weave a few baskets individually before embarking on a weaving bowl according to this brochure.

Preview of the entire four-page booklet

You can probably see from the photos that the bowl is woven from fresh willow in the bark, which is great for learning and maybe for the resulting colour, but a solid, firm basket which will not shrink after drying you do when you use dry soaked willow.

For the sake of simplicity, I was weaving bowl with a fresh willow, and for the same reason we are using fresh willow on my courses, but for the standard willow work, I use dry soaked willow. 


Hi Peter,
Just wanted to let you know that I received your book in the post today and it’s amazing! I’m absolutely astonished at the vast amount of knowledge and skills you have put into it, I haven’t even used it yet and have been amazed at how many things I now have to try, it’s really the best willow weaving book I’ve ever seen and I’m so grateful that you made it.
Many thanks.

Your book arrived this week.
I’m very happy with it, I love how you use photo’s to make your text clear. The structure of the book is also very well organised. And the little book that came with it was a nice extra. This weekend I’m doing a workshop, I will bring the book with me to show to the group.
Thank you so much for making this wonderful basketmakers book!

    Ineke van der Sommen
    The Netherlands

Received the book, Peter, thanks. I very much like the extensive use and detail of pictures for the ‘how-to’s’. Sometimes authors leave out things which they consider evident, but at first sight there are no such missing links in your book. I feel that I can get to work with the book straightaway and incorporate new techniques in the basics that I already know, which of course is exactly what I needed and expected from the book. So thank you…

   Marc Van Hummelen

I have managed to have a really quick 10mins flick through your book. I would like to say congratulations to you. It is a very very good book at first glance. You have produced something that I might say could be my best book in my collection yet. I would have no problem recommending this as a first book to buy for my students. I like the clear pictures and good explanations also the history in the back of the book.
You should be really pleased with it. Your basketry skills are far-reaching.
   Stephen Caulfield, Sussex Willow Baskets

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Using the step-by-step instruction in the booklet you will handle rope coil technique.

9€ / $9 / £8
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Booklet + Book

Using the step-by-step instruction in the booklet you handle rope coil technique. For basic techniques  (starting of base and making rod border) use book BASKETRY.

In that book, you will find basics of how to start weaving the base and how to finish the border of the bowl. Also, you find detailed descriptions and techniques for a wide variety of baskets, side weaves, handles, borders, hinges, lids and many more.

56€ / $89 / £51
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Using this book you can master basics and advanced techniques of basketry in the Central and Eastern Europe.

In this book, specially made for beginners, you will find basics of all the process of making the basket. Everything, thoroughly, step-by-step.

You will find detailed descriptions of techniques for a wide variety of baskets, side weaves, handles, borders, hinges, lids and many more.

56€ / $89 / £51
including shipping

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