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.

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

Bindweed

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

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9 Comments

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    Judy Dewsbery

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

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      Julie

      Thanks Judy, Yes seems to be loads of bindweed everywhere in Hastings!

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    Tracy

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

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      Julie

      Yes its good to find a use for it. Apparently its edible and has healing properties too!

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    Karen

    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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    Beuce

    Hi. I have been collecting and drying bind weed all spring in hopes of exploring its use as a cordage fiber. I’m glad to find another person doing or having done it. I also learned that hymilan BlackBerry is another invasive that makes good cordage, harvest the runners with no berries, while there are green berries and flowers on the same plant. The runners are good fibre

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    Laura

    Thank you! We have an unwelcome abundance of this plant, now I know what to do with it!

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    siobhain o callaghan

    Brillant idea. Have allotment and we are plaqued with bindweed.
    Curdling tree. Dont know this tree. Could you send me picture please

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      Julie

      If you google cordyline there are plenty of images

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