Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Basket Weaving Primer

I thought it was about time that we talk about basket weaving. We'll start at the beginning so that everyone is on the same page. You only need to gather a few tools and many of them you probably already own.

TOOL LIST
Sharp Scissors/Pruning Shears
Pencil
Twist Ties
Bucket for soaking the reed
Clothes Pins or small clips
Spritzer Bottle of water
Ruler/Tape Measure
Awl
Packing tool: I prefer a short tool for most projects.
Craft Knife: Not needed for every project but can be handy for some tasks.
Towel: I like to work on a towel to absorb the excess water.
Self Healing Cutting Mat can be handy for lining up the bottom of a basket.

BASIC WEAVING MATERIALS
Assorted Reed
Sea Grass
Dye for adding color to baskets
Handles if required. Theses are D handles.

REED
Reed comes in a variety of sizes and shapes. This is a small sample of what is available. The first two are flat reed, the middle two are half round reed and the last is round reed. Flat reed has a right and wrong side and it is important to place the right side to the outside when weaving. To find the right side, soak the reed and then bend it forward and then backward. The smoother of the sides should be used as the outside. The side that splinters is the inside.


Next it is time to choose a pattern. If you are a beginner, choose a beginner pattern or easy pattern to get started. There are plenty available on the Internet and through basket weaving supply stores. A square or oblong shaped basket is usually easier to assemble over a round, oval or heart shape.


Happy shopping and searching. Soon we'll look at actually weaving a beginner basket!

4 comments:

Tandra said...

W#ow! Ill be watching this tutorial! I wove a basket in high school- 30 yrs ago!!!
Eww did I just say 30 years????

Rose said...

Where do you get your basket weaving supplies. There is a place in K-town that carries large supplies of reeds.

Paula said...

Rose,
Since I live in a rural area, I usually order my supplies from myriad of different mail order companies. Royalwood is one of my favorites!

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