by craftbits (shellie wilson)
What you need
3/4" Flat Reed, 1/2" Flat Reed, #2 Round Reed, 3/8" Flat Reed, 1/4" Flat Reed, 1" Ash Splint, Wire Hanger Shape
Dimensions: 3/4" W x 5" L
Preparation: From 3/4″ flat reed, cut 1 spoke @ 19″
From 1/2″ flat reed, cut 7 spokes @ 14″
Mark centers on rough side of reed.
Soak reed in warm water for about 5 min.
Place 3/4″ spoke horizontally and weave the 5 1/2″ spokes vertically, alternating over/under,
and making sure that the center 1/2″ spoke is Over the 3/4″ piece.
Twine 2 rows around the base with #2 round reed.
Weave 7 rows with 3/8″ flat reed
Weave 3 rows with 1/4″ flat or flat oval dyed reed.
Weave 2 rows with 3/8″ flat reed.
Shape basket so the back is flat. Cut off the center spoke in back.
Lay wire handle across the back.
Fold 4 back spokes over handle and tuck into basket. (Two on outside/two on inside)
Fold and tuck remaining outside spokes and cut off remaining inside spokes.
Pin 1/2″ Flat to top row, one on inside and one on outside of basket, overlapping ends.
Lash rim with 1/4″ Flat reed, making an “X” at the handle.
We carry many different wire handle shapes that can be used on this basket.
While you are in the store, be sure to visit the “Specials” category, too!