Basket Weaving

Basket Weaving Instructions

  • How to Weave a Reed Basket

    First, a few facts about working with reeds, they are extremely brittle when dry because they are dry grass. If they are too pliable just let then dry a few minutes. Place four pieces of the reed in your hand so they are horizontal and the other four vertical. Bring the narrow reed over the vertical strands and under the horizontal ones. Working with the smaller sized reed, briefly run warm water over it before uncoiling it.

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  • How To Make Simple And Attractive Printable Basket Weaving Patterns

    The job involves a variety of work, each of them equally fascinating. First of all you have to select the material with which you want to make your basket. Generally used materials are bamboo, birch bark, wood from black ash tree, cedar, palm trees, pine needle. While some of the exclusive baskets are made from unusual materials like porcupine quill, horsehair, cattail and devil’s claw which is a type of plant.

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  • Basketry Techniques: Coiling, Twining, Weaving, Plaiting

    Experts have debated the classifications and terminology of basketry construction for ages. However, most basketry is created with elaboration and variations of four basic basket construction methods.

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  • Basketry Techniques: Learn How To Twine

    Twining is one of the major basketry construction methods. It is a weave done with two elements woven simultaneously around the spokes. The weaving elements (weavers) cross between the spokes for a half turn or in some instances for a full turn. You should be careful to maintain the orientation of the crossing weavers so that the twist remains consistent.

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  • How To Weave A Simple Braided Border

    This border can be applied to many sizes of round reed baskets, but take note that it's woven with spokes that are doubled up.

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  • Harvest Red Osier Dogwood For Basketmaking

    Red Osier Dogwood (Cornus sericea) is prized by basketweavers for the bright burgundy-red bark of its branches. The shrub grows abundantly in hedgerows as well as in cultivated landscapes and can be harvested for use as a weaving element.

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