Wicker baskets are made with flat reed, round reed, half round reed or combination. The reeds can be interchanged so a basket that requires flat reeds can be made with round or half round reed. The basket will be smaller when using round reeds in-place of the flat. Round reed is sold in a hank which is a group of reeds wound together in a bundle. Sizes available include #0, #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9 and #10. Beginners should use round reed sizes #0 to #6. The #0 is the smallest diameter of round reed.
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Things you need
- #3 Round Reed
- #2 Round Reed
- 16 Wooden Beads
- Sharp scissors
Cut 8 pieces of #3 round reed 30 inches long to use for the basket spokes.
Soak the basket spokes and ten long pieces of #2 round reed in warm water for 5 minutes. Place more #2 round reed into the water when needed.
Place 4 spokes side by side on a horizontal plain. Center and place 4 spokes side by side on a vertical plain on top of the 4 spokes on the horizontal.
Place the beginning end of the #2 round reed so it has 1/2 inch of reed over the top of the end spoke in a set of four. Weave the #2 round reed under one set of four reeds, over the next and repeat for 3 rounds.
Separate the 4 sets of 4 into 8 sets of 2 by sliding them apart. Weave the #2 round reed over and under the sets for 3 rounds. (Add a reed when necessary by placing the end of the reed on top and following the over, under weaving pattern.)
Separate the 8 sets of 2 into individual spokes. Continue adding the #2 round weaving reed as needed and weave around each spoke alternating the up and down weaving motion for 3 rows.
Place the weaving and any loose #2 weaving reed into warm water for 5 minutes. Remove the weaving and #2 reed from the water.
Gently bend the spokes upward and pinch the reed to form a crease to form the sides of the basket. Use a pliers to make the crease if one by hand is not holding. Weave around the spokes with an in and out motion for 21 rows. Continue adding #2 round weaving reed as necessary.
Clip the ends of the #2 round weaving reed even to the surface on the inside of the wicker basket. Place the basket in water so the spokes are facing down for 5 minutes. Remove from the water.
Place a wooden bead on the end of each spoke securely against the last row of the woven #2 round reed.
Place the end of one spoke to the back of the next behind the wooden bead, back toward the front, under the next bead, behind the next and cut of any excess. Repeat the process with every spoke.
Tips and warnings
- A round reed wicker basket does not have to be made in one sitting. Simply soak the reed and unfinished basket for 5 minutes prior to weaving. All basket weaving reed can be dyed using commercial or natural dies.
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