Who would have thought Ginnie would retire and be making baskets in the Bahamas. It seems there are so many now that the boat should be renamed “The Basket Factory”. We are fortunate that there are silver palms growing all over the islands. The fronds from the silver palm are preferred for basket weaving. We look for the fronds that are about to open at the top center of the plant, remove the frond and a new basket is ready to be woven.
Ginnie splits the individual leafs with two sewing needles set in a wine bottle cork to get the proper width for weaving. These pieces are called the needle and are used to wrap the thinner pieces that are bundled into the fray.