What is grapevine?
Wild grapevine truly is a vining plant. Without any major trunk, it has many stems and can grow to substantial heights. The problem with grapevine in the wild is that it grows so fast that it can overtake other plants. Along roadsides or on fences, this vine will grow fast and can destroy the plants it covers. Needless to say, a great plant to kill and use to weave!
Random-weave is a technique for weaving baskets that follows no discernible pattern, and thus appears to be random. Using all kinds of materials, you start with an initial loop of vines or bark. The final product looks like a flurry of materials overlapping and criss-crossing in a random way to create a finished shape.
The first step is to collect your materials to weave. I use everything from strips of bark and vines to copper wire - the opportunities are endless, but you do need rigid materials that will hold shape.
Use on vine and loop it into a complete circle.
Using that initial loop, loosely wrap other materials or vines and let them dangle. Keep some grapevine, at least five to ten strands, hanging. You will use these to form the shape of the basket.
This is the part when you can weave in whatever materials you want to use for your vessel or basket. Whenever you weave one in, make sure to tuck in both ends as to increase the tension in the basket and to ensure that the pieces stay in place when the basket dries.
As you continue to add in more weavers, the vessel will become tighter and tighter filling in the gaps in the basket. You can leave parts open or fill them up as much as you want and possibly can.
After letting your basket dry, you can add any finishing touches you'd like. I sometimes add wax or sealants to protect the baskets forever!