Baskets made from knotted or woven materials have been in use by many different cultures since ancient times. The design possibilities are almost endless, depending on what type of material you work with. One material frequently used is waxed linen, which creates a basket with crisp knots that hold up well over time. Although it can take a lot of time to make a waxed linen basket, this small 2-inch diameter piece is a good way to learn the craft.
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Things you need
- 30 to 40 soaked, dried and separated pine needles
- 3 yards waxed linen thread
- 1 size 20 tapestry needle
Thread the tapestry needle with a 1-yard single-ply piece of linen thread. Do not knot the end.
Hold five pine needles in your hand and gather them together by wrapping the end of the linen thread around the bottom, 1/2 inch from the end.
Make an eye with the pine needles by folding the ends back to make a loop just big enough for the needle to pass through. Wrap the thread around it to secure.
Bend the needles above and around the binding. This will start the first coil around the loop. Push the needle through the centre of the loop, pulling the thread tightly.
Stitch again through the centre, with the stitches 1/8 inch apart. Go all around the loop until one coil is complete.
Complete more coils, binding them by putting a stitch for the new coil right next to a stitch on the one before. Do this by piercing the middle of the coil you made previously.
Coil the basket until the base is about 1 inch in diameter. Add pine needles to keep the coil of a consistent thickness.
Angle the coil upward as you work the needle in and out. Reduce the number of needles when the basket sides get to be a little more than 1 inch. This will taper the top of the basket.
Work the needle in and out a few times to secure the end and knot in a hidden place.
Tips and warnings
- This miniature basket can easily be worn around your neck or used as an ornament on your Christmas tree. Just thread the top with a pretty ribbon or string.
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