What do I need to weave a basket?


Is it hard to weave a basket?

With a little bit of practice and patience, it’s not so hard… as long as you start small. After all, they don’t joke about bird courses as ‘basket weaving’ courses for nothing! I recommend preparing your materials (find local materials, then dry and soak them), then weaving them into small shapes or flat mats.

What is the first step in weaving a basket?

Begin weaving.

Start at one of the corners. Take a newspaper stick (a weaver) and fold it in half. Thread it around the corner stick. Using each half of the weaver weave around the upright sticks, with one half of the stick and the other half in back.

What willow is used for weaving?

Of the above list only osier willow is best for basket weaving. The varieties Purpurea and Triandra being the most commonly used. Viminalis is also used for larger structures. The willow that is used for weaving is of the plant variety, that grows as a crop and harvested each year, or coppiced.

How much Reed do I need for a basket?

Using 24 pieces of flat-oval reed cut at 38 inches in length, now continue weaving in and out and building your basket. If you have a handle that tapers at the sides, you will have to keep the weaving very tight as you use less and less of the cane lengths as you build your basket.

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How long does it take to weave a basket?

Tightly coiled, durable baskets in an impressive range of patterns and colors. For a traditional plateau basket, the bottom coil can take an artisan anywhere from 15 minutes to a full hour to weave. Depending on the size and shape, each completed basket can take one weaver 3-5 days to make!