These are my favorite "go-to" books when I need some help on techniques specific to a particular style of basket.  I've taken classes with most of these teachers, if not all, and these books are just like having the authors sitting right next to you.


Flo Hoppe, what a delightful person and an awesome teacher.  Her books are #1 for me in the area of round reed baskets.  Each technique is beautifully illustrated and all projects have step-by-step instructions.  She even brings you to the point of how to design your own basket.  It is as if Flo is giving you a private lesson!

Nantucket baskets are one of my favorite basket to weave! The best book for me is by Martha Lawrence. This book brings you through the whole process of making a classic authentic Nantucket basket, from cutting and shaping the staves, to making the rims. It also includes instructions to make the weaving molds.

Brown Ash Basketry is another love of mine.  The materials, pounded brown ash, is the supreme material in my opinion.  Light weight and strong, this material was favored by the Shakers and Native Americans of the North Eastern United States.  My favorite how-to and informational books are by the following authors.  I also have had the pleasure of learning under these icons in the basket industry.

Shaker Baskets
By Martha Wetherbee, Nathan Taylor
Legend of the Bushwhacker Basket
By Martha Wetherbee, Nathan Taylor

My favorite books for Ribbed Baskets are:

Kari Lonning has some amazing round reed baskets and some of the vessels in this book are outstanding.  Basic set up and weaving techniques are taught in this'll love it!

The Art of Basketry
By Kari Lonning

This is the first basket how-to book I ever bought!  I was taken by the cover and by the basket on the front.  I've made most baskets in this book with great results as a beginning weaver.  After a few years under my belt, I've made some of the same baskets and have enjoyed them with the same enthusiasm as I did years ago...  my favorite, the Hopi Style Plate.

Handmade Baskets
By Lyn Siler