Cedar Bark Weaving – Anna Billy

Cedar Bark Baskets
Cedar Bark Baskets

As part of the Gibsons Landing Fibre Festival, held during the week of August 13 – 19, 2001, Anna Billy taught a class in traditional cedar bark weaving. Workshop participants learned how to weave a cedar bark basket using plaiting and twining techniques of the centuries-old Coast Salish tradition.

The bark was harvested for these baskets in the early spring. If done properly, the bark removal doesn’t harm the cedar trees, making this a tree-friendly fibre craft.

Weaving with Cedar Bark Class
The cedar bark is soaked in water until it is soft. The cedar strips are woven and then held in place by twining with narrow strips of rafia or cedar bark.

Cedar Bark Basket

The edge of the basket is finished by folding the bark over. It can be folded inside the basket or folded outside to create a decorative edge. The cedar bark can also be torn into narrow strips to create a fringe.

More About Cedar Bark
Cedar Bark Traditional Gathering Methods
An article from the U’Mista News describes the method for gathering cedar bark.

Julie Joseph
Julie Joseph is a member of the Ditidaht band and has been weaving with cedar bark for over 30 years.

Lisa Tilford
Haida basket weaver, Lisa Tilford, explains how she harvests cedar bark for spinning and weaving baskets.

Cedar Bark Dyes
I dyed some wool with cedar bark. Here’s how.

The Chilkat Blanket
Chilkat blanket weaving originated with the Tsimshian people and spread to the Tlingit. Wool from goats was blended with cedar bark and dyed with lichen (wolf moss) for yellow, urine and hemlock bark for brown and copper and urine for blue/green.

AMAZON Basketry Books -US
Splint Woven Basketry
Natural Baskets
Handmade Baskets: From Nature’s Colourful Materials
The Art of Basketry
>Twill Basketry: A Handbook of Designs Techniques, and Styles

AMAZON Basketry Books -UK
Splint Woven Basketry
Natural Baskets
Handmade Baskets: From Nature’s Colourful Materials
The Art of Basketry
Twill Basketry: A Handbook of Designs Techniques, and Styles

EBAY Basket Weaving
Basket Weaving – US

Basket Weaving – UK

Last Updated on March 20, 2021 by Paivi Suomi

By Paivi Suomi

I've had an interest in weaving, looms, yarns and textiles since I was a small child. I learned to knit, crochet, sew, do needlepoint at my mother's knee. My grandmother was a Saami from northern Norway. I am very interested in studying more about traditional Saami and Finnish style weaving and handicrafts. Paivi Suomi