Monday, January 21, 2013

crisscross decoration tutorial

I made this wine basket after being inspired by a basket I saw online which I think it was a tote someone made.   (I will post the pattern for this wine basket soon)

my friend who lives  in Japan (Hi Mari!!) wanted me to show her how to place the crisscross decoration so I'm posting it here for everyone as well, in case you where interested.

first you'll need to finish a basket (I'm using this basket I made while ago just to show that you can put this on anything but it would look nicer if your basket has a larger dyed reed like the wine basket)

1. take a flat oval, 1/4" or smaller looks best! make sure you soak the reed real well!! then place it round side down into a spoke behind the stake/spoke like this on the right side.

2. then take the other end, making sure you don't twist the flat oval reed, skip the next stake/spoke and insert it next stake/spoke on the left side of the bottom of the boarder.

3. pull the reed through making sure its tight bend it at the stake/spoke

4. Then take the other end and making sure you don't twist it, skip the stake/spoke and insert it on the left side on the next stake/spoke on the top side of the boarder.s

5. pull through and repeat this until you come all the way around.

6. Now you insert the end on the other side where you started.

7. pull it through and cut while pulling so it'll hide behind the starting point.

 8. Now you pick a starting point for the cross portion.  start anywhere you like but start on the other other side.  I picked this stake no real reason why but it looked good as any other one.

9. basically you repeat what you did earlier with the criss portion. 

continue just like the first portion until you reach the end and insert pull and cut.
something to remember!! make sure that where you fold the flat oval, it is flushed the the lover weaver and its all uniformed and tight so it looks good! 

Happy Weaving!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Spring Fling

its been sooooo cold here in Indiana, I wanted to feel warm and springy so 
I made this basket from a full kit that was laying around since last year.  
I normally don't use kits unless I'm going to a seminar but I did have this one on hand.

full kit is available at  NC Basket Works

or you can get the free pattern click here for free pattern use your supplies at hand and just order what you need  like handles and ceramic tie-on.  
I know I mention NC Basket Works a lot but I am in no way affiliated with them or get any rebate or anything like that.  I really like their quality of their supplies and they have one of the best prices.  I really like that they give you free patterns as well so I want to support their business by mentioning their company since I do often use them to purchase my supplies.

if you are not familiar with these type of handles here are what you do:

once you finished the basket, (rim, rim filler and lashed)
carefully drill a hole on center of the rim and make sure you are centering the stake/spoke
( I  made a rookie mistake and drill at the wrong place but I fixed it, no problem)


 attach screw, bead, handle, washer, rim then nut.
 its a tiny nut, its hard to see but its there!!!
told you , I fixed the hole! now its in the correct place! 

attach the tie-on and its done!
 this basket is smaller than it looks!!! base is only 7"X4"!! 

Happy weaving!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Frosty's Wall Basket

Here is a newest basket I finished called Frosty's Wall Basket by NC Basketworks click the link for a free pattern by Suzanne Moore

Basket is easy to make and I inserted the snowman buckle after the basket was made with the same color reed so I can change out the buckle throughout the year to go with the season.
Happy Weaving!