Thursday, February 22, 2007

Two Side Basket Pattern

1/2" Flat Reed - spokes, rims and weavers
1/4" Flat Reed - weavers, lashing
3/8" Flat Reed
#2 Seagrass - rim filler
#2 Round Reed - twining
NS4 Square 10"-11" handle

Base: 4.5" x 9" overall, 4.5" x 4.5" separately

Cut: 20 - 22.5" x 1/2" Flat Reed spokes
8 - 11" x 1/2" Flat Reed spokes

Mark the 22.5" spokes in the center on the rough side. Mark the 11" filler spokes on the smooth side in the centers.

Weave two separate bases 4.5" x 4.5" as follows:

Lay out five 22.5" spokes rough side up horizontally aligning centers. Space about 1/2" apart. Weave one 22.5" vertically through the centers beginning under.

Weave one 11" filler spoke vertically on each side of the center spoke, smooth side up. Vertical spokes should be packed tightly together. Weave one 22.5" spoke vertically on each side of the filler spokes, followed by two more fillers and ending with two 22.5" spokes. True base to measure 4.5" x 4.5". Mark inside of one of the bases with a "#1".

Begin second base the same as the first. Lay out 5 spokes horizontally, rough side up, aligning centers. Weave a 22.5" spoke through the centers beginning over.

Weave filler spokes rough side up, vertically, one on each side of center vertical spoke. Pack vertical spokes tightly together. Continue to weave spokes and filler spokes alternately. True base to 4.5" x 4.5". Mark the inside of the second base with a "#2".

Base #1: Fold filler spokes to the outside and tuck under the center spoke.

Base #2: Fold filler spokes to the inside and tuck under the center spoke.

Upsett the spokes on one filler-end side of each basket. Clip the upsett spokes of basket #1 to those of #2. Twine the base of the joined basket around the outer perimeter. Upsett rest of stakes.

Rows 1-12: Weave with 3/8" flat reed, one row at a time on each basket. The pairs of spokes on the joined side of the basket will be treated as one. You must have woven the bases as directed for the over/under weave of the sides to line up properly to weave the sides together as one. The separating wall of the basket is woven with a double thickness this way. Begin and end rows on sides other than the joining wall. End with a four spoke overlap.

Row 13: Weave one row 1/4" flat reed in the same manner as previous rows.

Cut and tuck each basket as one. Do not cut the pairs of spokes as one spoke. When you are doing the connecting wall, cut and tuck on ly the spokes to the basket you are working on. Leave the other set of spokes standing until you cut and tuck that basket.

Insert NS4SQ handle into center handle spoke. Using 1/2" Flat Reed, form your inner and outer rims. There will be two inner rims and one outer. Starting on one side of the inserted handle, lay the seagrass in between the rims, going once around each basket and ending on the other side of the handle. This will cause a double row of seagrass on the connecting wall of the basket. Lash with 1/4" flat reed, making an x over the handle spokes.

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