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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.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

A Little Basket Help For a Dear Reader Please

Dear Friends,
A sweet reader, Libby, wrote to me with pictures of a basket she is working on and is in need of help.  I've received her permission to post her pictures here on the blog.
To make a long story short, I rescued a misfit basket from a dumpster at work.  It was just a cheap basket with a broken rim and the handle off.  The basket bottom was good so I have remade it from the bottom up but I'm having trouble getting my rim on.  It has round spokes and they are short and I can't seem to get them all in my rim.  I think I may can glue them once I get them all in and get my wrapping finished.  Any suggestions?  I am sending pictures but it really doesn't show my problem.  I think I really don't have anything to attach my rim too.  Any help would be greatly appreciated. 
I've responded to her with first off, how cool to rescue an orphan basket from its untimely demise!  Now my suggestions to here were 1.  Make the basket shorter and 2.  Insert round reed spokes next to the existing ones so there is more to work with when dealing with the rim. 

What other ideas do you have that could help Libby?  All suggestions are welcome!  When more people look at a situation the more alternatives we can get and Libby will have more to choose from and can make a decision that will work best for her.

Thanks everyone!
Blessings and happy weaving,


Juliana/A Hand Woven Life said...

It's very hard to tell from the picture what exactly to do, but I wonder if you would do a few rows of twining at the rim, then insert new round reed spokes into the twining making them as long as you need them to do the rim. Hope that makes sense!

J. Anthony Stubblefield said...

I agree with the suggestions of adding round reed spokes alongside the original willow spokes. The overall friction of the weavers should keep the new spokes inserted. I wouldn't carry a baby or a bowling ball in the finished basket, but it should be sturdy enough for light use and definitely should look nice for display.

Lylah Ledner said...

I LOVE baskets and we use them all the time at our urban farm in Scottsdale...great blog!

xo lylah

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