Thursday, August 22, 2013

Basket Weaving 101

Passing Notes Today:  Mrs. Williams

Hi Guys - 


Remember my friend, Sherri?  (She's the friend that taught me how to make a seasonal wreath.)  Well, she has a friend who is a talented basket weaver.  Sherri convinced her friend Terry to give Sherri and I a basket weaving tutorial one Saturday afternoon.  It was so awesome and gratifying.


I'd like to say that the photos and steps I'm about to share with you will be useful, but it turns out that basket weaving is NO joke and there's all kinds of new words for materials, tools, and techniques (that I should have written down or tried to retain but I was too focused on WEAVING).  If the photos intrigue you, let me know, maybe I can get you a lesson with Terry - she was the best teacher ever!

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Terry had all the supplies ready and waiting for us.
It was like craft school and I was in heaven!

Here's what we ended up making...just kidding!  This is actually a basket Terry made - she's crazy good!


We started with something simpler - a square basket.  First step - unravel and cut up strips of flat reed.


After Terry cut the reed, we soaked them in a tub for a couple of minutes to make them more flexible.


Then, we marked the center on the stakes before we started arranging the base of the basket.


The basket weaving began when we arranged stakes an equal distance apart .  For this basket, we used the most common technique - under-and-over-weaving.


The spoke weight (the black ruler-type-thing in the pic) helped keep everything in place. 


The keeper row came next as we started manipulating/encouraging the reeds to  "move" in a more vertical direction.


It really started to look like a basket as we added row after row of flat reed.


The basket got a soak every once in a while to keep it pliable.


Along the final row, we tucked in all the inside stakes.
We placed flat/oval reed inside and outside of the basket and sandwiched seagrass between the rims (and secured it all will clothespins.)


Finally, we "lashed" the rims with flat reed and secured a metal handle to the sides.


When we finished, this basket was fit for an egg hunt!


Terry said we could stain the basket, but for now, I love it just the way it is!
The truth is, my basket is heavy on the imperfect side...but an afternoon hanging out with crafty friends...there's nothing more perfect than that!

Thanks Terry and Sherri - 










Note from Mrs. Kelly:  I will never look at a basket the same way.   Also, considering I can barely braid my daughter's hair, I fear that I would be an awful basket weaver.  How long has Terry   been making baskets?  I'm impressed by your finished product.       Go you and Sherry!   Move over Longaberger.

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