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Basket-Weaving Class 4

Posted by Avital Pinnick on November 13, 2009

Last night was my last basket-weaving class. Here’s the finished product. Now the obvious problem…. Where am I going to put it?

My last basket

Starting the sides of the basket. From left to right: Tamar (with her back to the camera) and Esther, Nuni (in dark green), Shira, Hodaya, Nechama, the other Tamar

Last Basket-Weaving Class

Tamar and her “American flag” (according to her) basket.

Last Basket-Weaving Class

Nearly finished! Left to right: Hodaya, Esther, and Shira

Last Basket-Weaving Class

Bottom: the other Tamar’s basket. Top: Nehama’s basket

basket class

So this was my last class. I learned a lot and highly recommend Nuni Yavnai as a teacher if you’re interested inbasket-weaving. Note that she teaches basket-weaving as an art, not as a children’s craft. Nuni’s email is and her cellphone number is 050-9112434.




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Basket-Weaving Class at the Belly-Dancing Studio 3

Posted by Avital Pinnick on November 6, 2009

Basket-weaving class 3

Finished Egg Basket

Last night we finished the egg baskets that we started in the second class. In the end I was happier with my basket than last week. I still have to wet it, shape the bottom, and burn the “threads” off the reeds.

My finished egg basket

New Basket Started

We began a new basket with wider reeds, building just the base. An example appears in this photograph. Although the basket looks round, it actually has a square base.

baskets and flat reeds

First we wove a square, with filler reeds between the reeds that will form the upright supports. The filler reeds are only used to space the support reeds so that they will be far enough apart when we weave the walls of the basket. They’re cut off close to the base, split up the middle, and each end is inserted under a weaving reed. Such an elegant finish!

Finished filler ends

Afterwards the ends of the support reeds were stabilized by twining a round weave around the base perimeter. This photo shows a few of the bases (carrying one home on a bus wasn’t a lot of fun, even with the support reeds tied into bundles). Mine is in the foreground. Tamar chose similar colours (to the right of mine), except that she used white filler strips where I used dark brown.

Basket bases


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Basket-Weaving at the Belly-Dancing Studio 2

Posted by Avital Pinnick on October 30, 2009

Basket-weaving at the belly-dancing center

The second session of Nuni’s basket-weaving class met last night and we started making egg baskets. I can’t say I had a great time. I cut my thumb slicing the birthday cakes in the morning and the wet splints re-opened the cut. Masha dropped the class, so there wasn’t anyone for me to talk to and I’m not good at chatting in Hebrew. The splints I was using started splintering, I don’t like the colours I chose, one end came undone and will have to be glued down. Maybe I can colour the basket when it’s finished with markers to hide the splintering, but this basket, a two-session project, is turning into an expensive mistake. Oh, well.

A belly-dancing class was in session at the same time, so I took some photos through the door, using the mirror on the wall.

The bee hive:


Nechama. I discovered that she’s the daughter-in-law of a neighbour and friend, Sara Shor.


The belly-dancing class, photographed in a mirror. Looks like a lot of fun but I wouldn’t be able to follow the Hebrew that fast.



My basket…. The green was a mistake. I chose it because someone said that I was using the same colours as I had for the first basket, so I tried to choose something different.



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Basket-Weaving Class at the Belly-Dancing Center

Posted by Avital Pinnick on October 23, 2009

Nuni's baskets

Earlier this week, my Russian office-mate Masha asked me if I would come with her to a basket-weaving course at Arabesque, the center where she studied belly-dancing for several years. It is located on the Givat Ram campus of the Hebrew University. I’ve always wanted to learn how to make baskets, so I jumped at the chance. Our first meeting was last night.

Eight of us showed up. The teacher, Nuni Yavnai, is an Israeli woman who learned how to make baskets in Asheville, NC, at Earth Guild. By the way, if you want to get in touch with her to set up a basket-weaving workshop or whatever, she has given me permission to post her contact details here. Her email is and her cellphone number is 050-9112434. I also found a site (in Hebrew) about a workshop she offered in Pardes Hannah.

Basket-weaving class at the belly-dancing studio

Nuni shows Shira how to weave in the “chasing” technique with two reeds around an even number of spokes.


We soaked 1/2″ flat reeds, pinned them to the table, and began the base with narrow round reeds. This is the half-completed base of my basket.

My basket base

One thing that struck me was how everyone’s baskets seemed to match their clothing! I think this woman’s name is Tamar but I’m not sure. I just liked this photo.

Basket-weaving class at the belly-dancing studio

My basket on the left, Masha’s on the right, just before we learned how to put on the finishing edge.

Baskets in progress

Baskets make interestng hats. Masha took this shot of me wearing the base.

Wearing my basket base

Masha modeling her basket in the car.

Masha and her basket

Here is my finished basket. I’m so proud of it!

My first basket

My first basket


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