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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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Friday, December 18, 2009

Basket Weaving Tips and Techniques

Dear Friends,
Over the next couple of weeks there will be days in which I'm going to be pulling some blog posts from the past. The content is still as valuable today as it was when I first wrote it. I hope you are enjoying the holidays and spending time with family and friends.

Love and Blessings,

Nancy
Basketmaster's Weavings: Technique/Tip Tuesday--Spoke Weight: "have a couple of favorite basket weaving tools, but today I'm going to talk about my #1 tool, the Spoke Weight.

When I first learned how to weave we would put our dishpans full of water on the table to hold our reed in place. While this worked, it was very space consuming. The spoke weight is a heavy metal weight that also is a ruler. It is perfect for holding reed in place and measuring to get the exact length of reed or space between reeds. This is a must have tool for basket weavers.

Here is my tip. What if you don't have a spoke weight and don't want to put the dishpan on the table? What if you do have a spoke weight yet your basket is large and you need more than one. Here's what you do. Go to your pantry and get out a bag of dried beans and use that as a weight. Dried beans are inexpensive, the plastic bag keeps the beans dry, and they don't take up hardly any additional table space. Use 2, 3, or 4 bags if needed. It is a handy homemade kitchen tool to make your basket weaving just that much easier!"

1 comment:

John Toft Basketry said...

I use a slab of marble or a ceramic tile as a weight to hold the reed flat while i weave a base. My favourite marble is around 12" by 4" and about 3/8" thick. 12 by 12 ceramic tiles are also good.

One reference book suggested using a heavy book, but soggy books are not particularly useful!


Grab a cup of coffee and take time to enjoy some posts from the past