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One of the most popular projects on Make: Projects originated on the pages of CRAFT when it was a print magazine: the Woven Map Basket. Weaver Jane Patrick (who was previously editor of Handwoven magazine and is currently creative director for Schacht Spindle Company) wrote a simple how-to for taking old maps, slicing them, and weaving them into baskets. I’m a big fan of old school paper maps, particularly wilderness topo maps, and am thinking this would make a fun gift for my backcountry friends. While I would be remiss to chop up a perfectly good new map, I have no shortage of maps that have taken a beating on many treks, and this would be a great way to creatively recycle them. Of course you can use any paper you like: comics, yearbooks, magazines, etc., as seen in the second shot below. Jane even treated the surface of the basket on the right with melted beeswax for a muted, aged appearance.

Goli Mohammadi

I’m senior editor at MAKE and have worked on MAKE magazine since the first issue. I’m a word nerd who particularly loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon as a whole. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for the ideal alpine lake or hunting for snow to feed my inner snowboard addict.

The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. The specific beat I cover is art, and I’m a huge proponent of STEAM (as opposed to STEM). After all, the first thing most of us ever made was art.

Contact me at goli (at) makermedia (dot) com.


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  1. ka1axy says:

    My wife has a small zipper pouch, made from flexible tape measures woven together. Metric vertically, English horizontally. Nice look.

    1. Goli Mohammadi says:

      What a great idea! Does she have pics of it posted anywhere?

      1. ka1axy says:

        She bought it at a surf store (the Boneyard) on Martha’s Vineyard. It looks a lot like this one: http://www.wardrobesupplies.com/products/measuring-tape-zippered-pouch

        1. Goli Mohammadi says:

          So cool looking with all the numbers, and looks easy enough to make!

          1. ka1axy says:

            She’s a math teacher, so it’s appropriate, too!

  2. I wonder if you could print out strips in such a way, that when woven together, they recreate a image?

    1. Goli Mohammadi says:

      Neat idea, Scott!

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