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Susie Vaughan created her first basket from a magazine article about 15 years ago with willow from a tree that had fallen across a local brook. Intrigued to find she could also use a wide range of colourful and textural materials that can be found growing in hedges, woods and gardens, Susie has chosen to specialise in weaving hedgerow baskets.
Most baskets are made from willow, cane, rush or bamboo but it is possible to make a basket using a surprising variety of natural materials. Anything that passes the 'wrist test' - pliable enough to be bent round your wrist without cracking - can be woven into a basket.
In 1994 Search Press published her book Handmade baskets from nature's colourful materials. She has exhibited and given demonstrations other basketwork in the UK and abroad, including two trips to Japan.
Her experimental, colourful work uses a wide range of wild and cultivated trees and shrubs, giving a new lease of life to a myriad of prunings that would otherwise be discarded and thrown onto a bonfire.