The Art of Contemporary Woven Paper Basketry

This giveaway [ENDED] is the third in a series of new paper craft book releases sponsored by Schiffer Publishing this fall. How wonderful that there is a company committed to elevating paper art and paper crafts by presenting such beautiful how-to books for those of us who are fascinated by paper and all that can be done with it.

cover of The Art of Contemporary Woven Paper Basketry showing a sculptural black and white basket with peach color interior

Artist Dorothy McGuinness, author of The Art of Contemporary Woven Paper Basketry: Explorations in Diagonal Twill, creates truly remarkable baskets and sculptural objects with watercolor paper that she paints with acrylics and then cuts into 1/8 inch strips with the aid of a pasta machine. (I'm sure quite a few quillers will relate to this practice!)

nine examples of colorful woven paper baskets and woven paper sculpture objects

There are hundreds of color and black/white photos in the 176 page hardcover book, and the text and instructions are clearly descriptive. The vast number of hours Dorothy spent on the making of the baskets and then explaining how to recreate them step by step is obvious. Even if you never plan to actually make a basket, you'll enjoy all that she has to say about the fascinating process.

black and white modern woven paper sculpture

Studying its pages is perhaps the next best thing to taking an in-person workshop, which is where Dorothy was first introduced to the concept of weaving baskets with paper strips about twenty years ago. She found paper to be a far more appealing medium than traditional materials such as cedar bark, oak splints, and bamboo that she had previously used because it is so accessible.



book page descriptions of tools used for woven paper basket making

I feel incredibly lucky to have seen two of Dorothy's woven paper baskets in person when our work was included in Pulp Culture: Paper is the Medium, an exhibit at New Jersey's Morris Museum in 2014. If you are on Facebook, you can see her exhibited pieces here. A couple of months prior to the exhibit, I featured her in this post.

book page showing project text and red and yellow woven paper basket

And now a U.S. and Canada giveaway! 


To enter to win a copy of The Art of Contemporary Woven Paper Basketry, post a comment below through Saturday, December 11. [GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED]


book page instructions for making a red and yellow woven paper basket shown in progress


Because I am unable to see the email address you type in at first on the comment form, please include your email address within your actual comment so you can be notified if you win. If spam is a concern, type it this way: janedoe at gmail dot com 


yellow, blue, and grey modern woven paper basket

Two chances to win! An identical giveaway is underway on Instagram. [ENDED] You may enter both places to double your chances, but may only win once.


red and grey modern woven paper sculpture

Winners will be chosen via a random number generator - one from blog entries and one from Instagram entries - notified, and announced at the bottom of this post and on the Instagram post on Sunday, December 12, 2021. 


orange and yellow modern woven paper basket

The Art of Contemporary Woven Paper Basketry can be purchased from Schiffer Publishing, Amazon, or your favorite bookseller. 


Congratulations to Bevscrafts2013 who was selected 

by a random number generator!

Thanks to all of the entrants for your enthusiasm for this book

 and for taking the time to enter.

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  1. What beautiful work! jholdern at gmail dot com

  2. looks like an amazing craft to try

    Christa dot j dot Cunningham at Gmail dot com

  3. Beautiful, would love to see more and learn this craft.

  4. Amazing work! Ayeda dot Ayed at Gmail.

  5. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this BEAUTIFUL book!!! There are so many "vessels" I'd like to make...where to start, where to start... (I've woven baskets with reeds, and this is exciting!) Thanks again mmsrygley at gmail dot com.

  6. This book would be amazing to win! I have been an avid follower of All Things Paper for many years. Thanks for the wonderful and varied posts on paper crafts.

  7. I have been making baskets from paper for years, but am eager to expand my horizons and learn how to create baskets with unusual shapes. So grateful that this book is soon to be published!

  8. I would simply adore owning this book. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!


  9. How impressive! I would love to try my hand at doing this..... What a terrific give-away!

  10. This looks amazing! I'm happy to add my email address in hopes of a chance to win a copy of this beautiful book.

  11. Thanks for this chance! This has been on my wish list since I first saw it. w_today at yahoo dot com

  12. What a delicious looking book! I would love to win it. I am at

  13. This book looks amazing and I'd love to try to make a basket. I'm at elke.ikeda at earthlink dot net

  14. What a wonderful giveaway, Ann, and the book looks amazing!! Would definitely like to try this weaving method using paper:) My email is sangitapillai at hotmail dot com.

  15. Beautiful work! I would love having this book in my library. Allison underscore Roberge at hotmail dot com

  16. now I have a use for my pasta machine. lisablue_42 at yahoo dot com

  17. These are amazing! CathysCuriosities at gmail dot com

  18. I cannot believe that these gorgeous vessels are made from paper! Until I read your Insta post, I had no idea that quillers used a pasta machine. Crazy! I feel like a whole new world has opened up. Thanks for the opportunity to win this inspiring book, and thanks for always sending inspiration to my inbox.
    Happy Holidays!

  19. Well! I may have found a use for the amounts of paper I end up throwing away from projects. These are super cool!


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