I learned how to make this basket at Saskatoon Primitive Skills Gathering. This is a great gathering! This is an "all" needle basket, meaning no center piece to start, just needles. This basket was very relaxing to do, especially if you sew. It felt more like sewing than basketry. I would really like to investigate in the future making twine fine enough to sew with. I used artifical sinew on this one for learning purposes. I know roots were often used on other types of coiled baskets. I am also working on a bone needle to use for basketry or leather work.