by craftbits (shellie wilson)
What you need
3/4" Flat Reed, 1/2" Flat Reed, #2 Round Reed, 3/8" Flat Reed, 1/4" Flat Reed, 1" Ash Splint, Wire Hanger Shape
Dimensions: 3/4" W x 5" L
Preparation: From 3/4″ flat reed, cut 1 spoke @ 19″
From 1/2″ flat reed, cut 7 spokes @ 14″
Mark centers on rough side of reed.
Soak reed in warm water for about 5 min.
Place 3/4″ spoke horizontally and weave the 5 1/2″ spokes vertically, alternating over/under,
and making sure that the center 1/2″ spoke is Over the 3/4″ piece.
Twine 2 rows around the base with #2 round reed.
Weave 7 rows with 3/8″ flat reed
Weave 3 rows with 1/4″ flat or flat oval dyed reed.
Weave 2 rows with 3/8″ flat reed.
Shape basket so the back is flat. Cut off the center spoke in back.
Lay wire handle across the back.
Fold 4 back spokes over handle and tuck into basket. (Two on outside/two on inside)
Fold and tuck remaining outside spokes and cut off remaining inside spokes.
Pin 1/2″ Flat to top row, one on inside and one on outside of basket, overlapping ends.
Lash rim with 1/4″ Flat reed, making an “X” at the handle.
We carry many different wire handle shapes that can be used on this basket.
For a complete list, please visit http://www.noresta.com. When you enter the store, click on the “Wire Handles, Shapes, Frames” category.
While you are in the store, be sure to visit the “Specials” category, too!