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Mule Skinner Basket

Mule Skinner Basket Pattern

Beth Hester - Lynne Marrs Hammer Ferguson
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A full 14” tall, this beautiful basket brings to life the “days on the trail” of the pioneers. With the adjustable leather mule bridle, made in Allen County, Kentucky, carrying your favorite gear is easy and comfortable. Hang it from your wagon or put it to work for your lifestyle today.

It’s a great intermediate-level project featuring shadow weave with natural and dyed reed, a filled bottom with twined perimeter, the beautiful bridle handle, and a double lashed rim. Thanks to Joanne Dunaway, friend and fellow Kentucky basket maker, and to Lynne Marrs Hammer Ferguson, Artist in Residence, Kentucky Museum at Western Kentucky University, for their inspiration in developing this pattern.

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Materials / Supplies

Description Item Add to Cart
1 ea. - Mule Bridal - Handle Item 2656E Add
85 ft. - 3/4" Flat Reed - Stakes and Weavers Item 1034P Add*
70 ft. - 5/8" Flat Reed - Weavers Item 1058P Add*
55 ft. - 1/4" Flat Reed - Base Fillers, Weavers & Lashing Item 1014P Add*
8 ft. - #3 Round Reed - Base Twining Item 2030F Add
4 ft. - 3/8" Flat Reed - Rim Row Item 1038F Add
8 ft. - 1/2" Flat Oval Reed - Rims Item 3312F Add
35 ft. - #3 Round, Walnut Dyed Reed Item WL03E Add*
4 ft. - #6 Round Reed - Rim filler Item 2060F Add

*This item has been rounded to 1 pound/each because it is less expensive to purchase 1 pound/each than to purchase the foot quantity.

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How to Make the Mule Skinner Basket

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New iBook -
How to Make the Mule Skinner Basket

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How to Make the Mule Skinner Basket - Beth Hester

Description: Step-by-step instruction, including video and interactive features for making a carry-all basket with techniques that apply to a wide variety of baskets.

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Requirements: This book can only be viewed using iBooks 3.0 or later on an iPad. iOS 5.1 or later is required.

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