Another stitch that Tony demonstrated in the class is called Twining. Hopefully if you enlarge the photo you will be able to see it on the Sandra Gilmore Santa being stitched by Barb Starman. Tony said he actually took a basketweaving class to learn this technique. It isn't an especially difficult stitch, but the effect is very realistic.
I don't have anything on the drawing board right now that involves a basket, but the next time one appears I will definitely try this stitch.