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.

Happy Weaving and Baskets of Blessings to all my visitors,

Nancy

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Tip Technique Tuesday--Zip-Ties


You have heard me say that clothespins are our extra hands when weaving a basket. Well, so are zip-ties. You may know them as cable ties. They can be so handy to hold that rim in place while lashing. Unlike clothespins that sometimes snap off of the rim or are in the way, zip-ties hold that rim securely. When you are finished lashing on the rim, simply cut off the zip-tie. On my smaller baskets, I still usually use clothespins, but if I'm weaving a large basket, or one that has a heavy rim such as 1/2" or 5/8" flat/oval, then zip-ties are a great basket weaving tool. Many times you can pick up zip-ties at the dollar store. What do you use to help hold your rim in place while lashing it on?
Happy Weaving and Baskets of Blessings,
Nancy

1 comment:

Ann said...

Don't you just love those ties? I use them quite a bit too. A student in one of my classes recycled them! She used a very small screwdriver to open them up so you could pull out the end and reuse them. I don't have the patience for that! Cut them I say. ~Ann


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