Bittersweet Basketry - Mary E.Skillings  Weaver, Teacher, Designer,
          Baskets, Gourdskets and Art Pieces
I personally weave all of the baskets I sell and most of these are my original designs, some are my variation of fellow basket designers patterns or concepts and some are unaltered fellow basket makers designs that I have woven according to their pattern
(O) My Original design
(OV) My Variation of a Pattern or concept),
(P) Fellow designers pattern.
Please visit the pattern page, If you would like one of the baskets featured there, contact me for price and feasibility.
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Small Coiled oval Dish

Coiled long southern pine needles, walnut burl base, waxed linen, Tortoise like beads raise the thread wrapped handles. Urethane coated. Basket measures approx. 6" long x 4" wide x 1" deep.
Small coiled dish with burl base  $ 45.00  + S&H   (0)
Coiled Oval Dish
Coiled long southern pine needles, waxed linen, hand thrown (Gifts of Love) pottery base with pine cone design. Basket measures approx 10" long x 5" wide by 1" deep. Urethane coated
Coiled Oval dish  with pottery base $48.00 +   S + H      (O)
 Round Coiled Dish


 Nantucket Variation Bowl
10" diameter x 3" deep bowl woven over a mold Nantucket style, Look closely and you will see the quad arrow twill design in the body of the basket. Cane staves and weavers, Cherry base, Rim is lashed, not nailed.  Bone Dolphin base plug cover. Urethane coated.

Nantucket Variation Bowl

Nantucket style small Bowls

6" diameter bowls woven Nantucket style over a mold, Oak bases, reed base plugs. Rims are lashed, not nailed.  Basket on the left has a twill spiraling up the side and reed stakes and cane weavers. It is 2-3/4" deep. Basket on the right is 2-1/4" deep and has cane stakes and weavers. Urethane coated.
6" Nantucket style Bowls  $30.00  + S&H

Nantucket Style Small Bowls

These two bowls, woven Nantucket style over a mold have a diameter of approx 5-1/2". Basket on the left has an oak base, cane staves and weavers, Rim is lashed, base plug cover is bone with blue forget me knot floral motif. it is 2-3/4" deep. The Basket on the right has an oak  base,reed stakes and cane weavers. Rim is lashed. Base plug hole cover is a bone scallop shell. It is approx 2-1/4" deep
5-1/2" Nantucket style small bowls    $32.00  + S&H

Fretwork Nantucket style bowls

These Baskets were woven over a mold Nantucket style.

(1) Basket Bottom left has oak Fretwork base, natural reed stakes and weavers, Side handles are hand carved oak. Rim is lashed. Basket measures approx 8" diameter by 3" deep.
(2) Basket Bottom right has an oak Fretwork Base, reed stakes and cane weavers, Rim is lashed. Basket measures Approx 4" diameter and 2-2-1/2" deep.
Urethane Coated.
#1Oak Fretwork Lg  $32.00  + S&H  (o)
#2 Oak Fretwork Sm $ 28.00 + S&H  (o)

Ms. Sapphire
(All dressed up with no place to go)

This Art piece is constructed using a cut, dyed and drilled Hard Shell Calabash Gourd, Danish cord and waxed Linen is used for coiling. Embellishments include Swarovski Crystal Beads, Mitzuhiki glass beads, Painted Copper wire, feathers and a Teardrop Lapiz Pendant. Stand is included.
Ms Sapphire  $150.00  + S&H  (O)


This is a Gourdsket, A coiled basket woven onto a cut, drilled, dyed and varnished Calabash hard shell gourd. Coiling is done with waxed linen thread and Danish cord. A driftwood stick is "captured" in the coiling. Embellishments include beads and feathers. Will sit level without stand.
Captured                      $150.00  + S&H
Captures with stand   $155.00  + S&H

Black Tie

This is a Gourdsket, A coiled basket woven onto a cut, drilled, dyed and varnished Calabash hard shell gourd. Coiling is done with waxed linen thread over Palm Inflorescence, incorporating a shed antler  in the weaving.  Palm Flower is embellished with A Hematite bead. 8" gourd diameter x 6" height.               Black Tie   $150.00 + S&H                               (O)

The Miners Bowl
This 4"D x 1"H bowl is constructed entirely of  twined waxed Linen thread with several rows of copper thread twined in the base. Copper Brass, Pewter and Silver beads are woven into the design. The stand is included. 
Necklace Pouch

This Narrow 1-1/2"W x 2-1/2"H basket pouch is woven with fine brown ash with a spiraling twill accent.  Lid is a drilled piece of Lake Erie Beach slate. Blue/gray Neck cord and tassel in Braided Waxed Linen. Bead accents include silver, clay, glass, quartz and Lapiz beads.
$45.00 + S&H                                     (O)

These agate donuts have been wrapped with gold, copper, brass and silver wires that capture a glass beaded wire outer ring. The bail is made of twisted wire with matching stone chips. All have a hanging cord as described. 
$20.00 + s&h   (o)

2.5"  diameter, Jasper, copper wire
glass beads, 16" rubber pull apart cord
2.5" diameter,Jasper, copper wire,
glass beads. Rubber pull apart cord 16"                                                      

1.25" diameter Jasper, glass beads
copper wire, silk adjustable cord 22"

1.25" diameter, Turquoise, synthetic
beads, gold wire, rubber 16" pull apart cord

Antler Wall Pouch
Recycle / Reuse Gran's Masher


Old mashers are interwoven in the bases baskets.  Basket is 9" square x 3" tall.  Great Fun.       $18.00   +S&H       (OV)

 Garden Faries
These whimsical additions to wall, plant or garden are woven using green and brown willow. A Drilled Gourd head is embellished with a swag of beaded waxed linen.  They measure approx 12" tall x 7"-8" wide. Gold or brown thread with earth tone or blue beads and feathers  
Garden babies  $16.00 +S&H                                                            (P)

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