Introduction: Basket Weaving
This is a tutorial on a way to start learning how to do basketry. It's an easy stitch to do and can be changed a lot in design just by changing the base. This tutorial is a circle design that has the vertical fibers twist to make the stitch have a cool twist effect.
Step 1: Cutting/Soaking
1. First, we are going to start off by soaking the fibers in water. The temperature of the water doesn't matter but the bucket should be full enough where the fibers can be completely under the water.
2. then cut the fibers from the strand. The size should be a little shorter than your wingspan. These pieces will then go in the bucket. Let the fibers soak for about 5 minutes. After this, you are ready to begin the base.
Step 2: Base
1. Now we are going to take the base that we made. This base was laser cut to be 11 evenly dispersed holes a little big then the material's thickness on a circle. for the twist effect, make a second base that's identical to the first.
2. grab som fibers and put then threw all 11 holes with around an inch or 2 sticking out. Once done, go around clockwise or counterclockwise (your choice) and tuck the inch of the fiber under the fiber next to it and so when you do the same to that fiber, it stays under. Look at the picture above for reference. For the last fiber, tuck it under the already tucked fiber and they will all stay still with no help.
Step 3: Top/Twist
1. Now that the bottom is in place we are now going to start the top piece. your top piece should be the same piece used for the bottom and a wood piece attached that represents the height of the basket (first picture).
2. When done, place the fibers that are through the base through the top and as straight up as possible. It should look a bit like the second photo.
3. Twist the top with the fibers to the desired twist, then screw it down to the base in that position. It is important that the fibers are still soaked throughout the twist and that it needs to be dry before the next step. Recommendation: hot glue the fibers going through the top with a good amount of tension so the fibers stay in the twist and so there are fewer inconsistencies in the design. Just know it will be hard to take off if you do this step but no impossible
Step 4: Begin Your Design
1. Now its time to begin your stitch. For the stitch, you are going to take the soaked fibers from the bucket and begin going behind and in front of the vertical fibers while going horizontal. When you finish a row, just start above it and push. down so there are as close as possible to each other. If you do an odd number of holes, it will alternate every level up you go making the design shown in the picture above. You should do this all the way to the top. When your fiber ends, make it end so it stops on the behind stitch and the new one starts behind the same vertical pillar and continues, don't worry about the length of fibers left inside the basket, you can cut it later!
2. When you are done with you stitch unscrew the wood piece that is connected to the base and take off the top (if you hot glued, use head to liquidize the glue and slip it off).
3. you should have a lot of vertical fibers leftover, cut it so that it can reach the vertical fiber next to it with an extra inch or 2. You might want to resoak the fiber but you then in a clockwise or counterclockwise way, make an upside-down "U" and tuck in the sticking out vertical fibers right next to the vertical stitch next to it, do this with all of them. The second picture shows what the "U" should look like from one of them (colors show different vertical fibers). Should look like the third picture in the end. That's your Basket!