Julie Gurr-Willowweaver

Contemporary and Traditional Basketry

Baskets From Found Materials 16 – Bindweed and Cordyline

My latest basket from found materials uses cord made from bindweed and fibres from cordyline leaves. To get from my house to my workshop in Hastings I have to walk down 300 steps to the bottom of the hill I live on. These steps are overgrown with a variety of materials that I might be able to use in the future.


But in particular there seems to be an abundance of bindweed growing over and down the walls and fences on each side.


After harvesting I left the bindweed to dry a little and then stripped the leaves before making it into a cord.

Bindweed cord

I then coiled the cord sewing the coils with fibres from cordyline leaves that I found in the street near my house.

Bindweed Coiled Basket

This is a small sample but I hope to make bigger baskets with this material in the future



  1. that’s a WICKED idea for the bindweed Julie!!! I have an endless supply…….

  2. I have an abundance of it growing next door, and yes, through to my garden 🙁 Now I have a use for it, thank you 🙂

  3. We have multiple Cordyline trees in our garden. I have thought for a while that the leaves would make beautiful baskets. I did not realise you can also use bindweed, have been quite annoyed with it for choking other plants; so you have shed some positive light. This is the beginning of my quest. I have never woven anything; however would love to learn. As there is an abundance of Cordyline here, would love to share the material in exchange for knowledge and hopefully build and nurture relationships while making art. I am also a (mainly) wholefoodist, and endeavour to enjoy compatible meal choices. I love veg, raw or cooked and served with grains and will eat meat, eggs and cheese as well.
    Also, amateur and until recently very part time gardening enthusiast due to employment; however hoping to have more time/opportunity to be able to combine all of my interests, while sustaining living expenses.
    Thank you for your posts.

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