Grandma Mellie's Scrapbook
Copyright © 2001, Michael S. Cole, M.D.

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Mellie's mother with baskets
Baskets From Vines

    Mrs. Eli Hunt, a farm woman who lives near Harrison, Arkansas, earns around $400 each year from the sale of baskets made from native buckbrush and honeysuckle vines.
    For twenty-five years Mrs. Hunt has been making baskets. She works without instructions and uses no measurements except those made by her eye. In a homemade scrapbook she has 230 designs, some from magazines but most of them she has drawn herself. Her dyes are juices from the bark of various trees.
    The honeysuckle and buckbrush she uses is boiled for three or four hours. The bark is then removed and the vines and brush are trimmed and soaked in cold water to make them pliable.
    Mrs. Hunt sells her baskets to gift shops, greenhouses and department stores. Her work is shipped to many different states.
    The basket profits have helped in raising her five children.

Mellie Wilson
Farm and Fireside

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