Friday, March 8, 2013

Double wall basket

What have I been doing for last couple of weeks  while I was MIA?  Well, I've been to Detroit to see the Red Wings VS Ducks game (Go! Ducks) and for once my Ducks won against my hubby and son's Red Wings,  then husband got sick (he is a big baby when he gets sick.. he didn't even have a fever but apparently he was dying, it turned out to be sinus infection and he is all better now) Then I was asked to donate a basket for a auction by my son's school's auction and since I also donated last year (I made the brown twill basket on my blog) and it was a big hit, this year I decided to make a basket I truly love and thought it may be something other people would want.   Its a double wall basket called Day and Night written by Karen Griffith I got a kit years ago and had a pattern handy so I ordered my base from basketbees because the size that was called for was no where to be found and I did not realize how hard it was to find a base for double wall basket until I found basketbees. I  also got the braided woven handle from basket patterns.  Here are some info about what to do with a double slotted base if you have never worked with it.

This is double slotted base for double wall basket) it has a two slot

Start off by making the inner basket by inserting on the top slot with smooth side up and weaving the sides with smooth side inside and rough side outside.  hardest thing to do is to remember everything is rough side out!!!
then you finish it like you would do a normal basket but cut and tuck is reversed!!!  cut the stakes on the outside and fold the stakes that are inside the rim row fold out and  tucked in on the outside of the basket. (did that make sense?)

Then you insert the dyed reed into the lower slot, this time rough side up like you would do normally but important to remember to place the stakes on the same place as the inner basket.

Then weave like you normally do but its alto easier because you have the inner basket to use as a mold and you can just weave away without really worrying about is it getting lopsided?  Key is to pack it down as you go so its not a pain in a butt to do it later.  then when you reach the top of the basket, make sure its leveled with the inside wall, then cut the stakes that are inside the rim row and fold cut and tuck the stakes on the outside of the outside wall just like you would a single wall basket.  to tuck in you'll need to spray down the inner basket and push the wall to make room to fit your tools and your hands in but its very easy to do! then rim both wall at the same time adding the leather handle on the outside rim and lash away and you are done!   I'm working on double wine basket tutorial right now and it should be done later today so I will post it later tonight or in the next few days for sure! its my original pattern so I will have instruction! come back and visit soon!