Studio Musings

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Bevy of Beaded Baskets

Huichol Baskets by Debby Zook
Back in March, Debby Zook shared her beaded Huichol Baskets with the Seed Beaders.  I missed that meeting, but got to admire a number of the finished baskets last Sunday at the April meeting. 

Debby brought a total of twenty baskets, because as she put it, 'it's hard to stop at just one'. 

She made most of her baskets using size 11 seed beads, but she had several miniature beauties, made from sizes 15, 16 and 18 seed beads.  And in case you're wondering - size 15 seed beads are the smallest beads currently manufactured today, the 16s and 18s are vintage.  And they are teensy tiny! 

 Debby's miniatures, made with sizes 15, 16 & 18 seed beads
This one says "Easter" to me, basket by Debbie Zook
One more basket by Debby Zook
These two lovelies were made by Jennifer Brown
An asymmetrical basket by Bonnie Kroon

Low-sided basket by Bonnie Kroon

One last basket, also by Bonnie Kroon
Aren't they lovely?   For perspective, the largest of these baskets easily fits in the palm of my hand.  Most are about the size of a hummingbird's nest. 


  1. Those are just lovely- I couldn't even begin to pick out my favorite as they all have qualities that I admire.

    Size 18? I am not sure any of my needles with thread would fit through those.

  2. Oh, those are so adorable! They'd be cute with little beaded handles, too. :)

    Size 18?! Wow, I wish they'd start making those again! I've been working with 15 so long, they're starting to look big to me.

  3. Those are wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing them with us. I'm sure it was thrilling for you to get to see them in person too.
    Have a wonderful holiday!

  4. these are wonderful! i would love to see them in person and hold them. it would be nice to see the 18s...i work with 15s so much i cannot imagine going smaller but i would enjoy the challenge.

  5. The smallest beads I've ever worked with are 15s. I used them extensively in one project and like you say Sarah, the 11s started to look huge towards the end. But in general, I'd rather stay with 11s.

    The 18s Debby used in her basket were so tiny, I don't know how she could fit more than a single pass of thread through them.

  6. All of these are quite lovely. I especially love seeing what Bonnie Kroon has been up to. And here's wishing her a very Happy Birthday on July 7. If anyone is in contact with her, let her know Marie is thinking about her but has lost all of her phone numbers, address, etc.