May Your Life Be Like A Basket...Useful...Bountiful...Beautiful...

Basketmaster's Weavings is about my passions, much of which revolves around basket weaving. I weave with reed and I love teaching others to weave. Many of the patterns and styles that I show in the blog are geared to the beginning weaver, or even the brand new weaver. If you have been thinking about wanting to learn to weave, then this blog is for you. Throughout the blog and videos I take you step by step through each and every process of weaving. I want you to be successful in weaving the very first time you try. For the intermediate and advanced weaver, my wish is that you take ideas that I show, mix them up a bit, and incorporate them into your own beautiful creations.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Technique/Tip Tuesday--Making Basket Curls

The above picture is the January kit of the month. I've had people ask, "How did you make those curls?" "Are those curlie Q's made from reed?"
Yes, those curls are made from reed. I used 11/64" flat reed and rolled it around a 1/4" dowel rod. Soak the read well first, 15 minutes at least. Then secure the end of the reed to the dowel with a clothespin and just keep wrapping. Secure the other end with a clothespin as well. Let the reed dry completely before removing it from the dowel. You can then pull on the coils slightly to give them a springy look. You can do the same thing using round reed as well for a pretty look. Once the reed is removed from the dowel rod, cut it into desired lengths and wire to your basket. Try using several colors or a color with natural for a pretty basket embellishment.
Happy Basket Weaving,


Anne Parham said...

I brought the beautiful basket I wove at last Friday's class to the Kumon center. The "curls" were absolutely what amazed everyone... That, and the fact that the entire project was completed in one evening! I'm definately looking forward to taking next month's class.

sassydesigns said...

Hi Nancy, thanks so much for taking the time to stop by my blog! Your baskets are beautiful! I have not made one for about 10 years but looking at your pics brought it all back! I love the curls! I may have to weave again!
Take care, blessings~

Teri C said...

I am so happy you stopped by my blog so I could visit yours. Your baskets are beautiful. That teen basket is too cute! Makes me want to get some reed and weave.

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