Welcome to another video of our series, today I will show how to make easy coil baskets from grasses. From a historical point of view, basket weaving or stitching from various kinds of materials can be regarded as a predecessor of pottery. In various regions of the world where there was shortage of material for the production of ceramics, perfect techniques of weaving or coiling of baskets were developed. These containers were watertight and were used not only for transport of water but also for boiling meal with hot stones. It was primarily women of some native American tribes from the area of todays California who were the Masters in the production of such watertight containers. Unfortunately my knowledge and practical skills cannot compare with the art of these women so today I will show only the production of an easy coil basket. For production of coil basket, we need three basic things dry grass, binding material, in my case it is dried lime bark and as a tool I will use needle made from bone. Before stapling is necessary to moisten every stripe of inner bark to make it supple and prevent breaking it. Then I take a bundle of straws of grass and in this way I wrap them in a length of about 2 cm. Then I bend the wrap over in half and both ends of the bundle are wrapped together in a length of about 1 cm and this loop then appears. Just behind the loop I bend over the bundle of staws and pass a strip of inner bark through the loop. Then I do another thread around a bundle of straws. The first few stitches I sew through the bundle straws. Later I will sew through straws, but still below the lower suture. So I had the first few stitches. The following stitches I will always do so that, the thong of inner bark is sewn throug the bundle of straws below the lower stitch. When the bundle of straws reduces or narrows, you need to add more straws. And I will do the following . I put new straws under the last unfinished stitch and tapering bundle of straws tighten the stitch and I continue sewing. Of course it is necessary to extend inner bark too. I put thinner piece of new bast between two bundles of stalks and with “old” bast I make one or two stitches to secure it on a new thong of bast. When I have just such a small piece of old bast, I’ll take the new bark and basically do double last stitch. The rest of the old bast then hide between two bundles of straws and just continue sewing in the new bast. As a spiral increases, we create greater gaps between stitches. Therefore it is necessary to make the stitches denser and the container will be firmer. When I reach the desired size of the bottom, I’ll slightly lift the bundle stalk and sew it to the side of the previous volume. This way I’ll start to build a wall of the coil basket. The moment I decide to finish the coil basket, I do not add any straws and gradually taper strand sewn to the end. In the end I make a few stitches in the opposite direction. The rest of bast is put under this stitch. You can use this technique of coiling for numerous materials that have similar properties as grass or bark. It just depends on your skill and opportunities that your surroundings will provide you with. Goodbye for today, enjoy the upcoming fall and see you next time.