Upsetting the Stakes Tutorial

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Upsetting the stakes is the step that transitions your weaving from the base to the sides of the basket.

Helpful hint: When upsetting the stakes, many new weavers worry that they are going to snap or break the reed. Rattan basket reed is pretty durable because of the many fibers that make up the piece of reed. It is rather difficult to break it!

Reed fibers

Step 1: To upsett the vertical and horizontal stakes, place a pointer finger right at the edge of the locking row to act as the brake.

Finger at the base of the locking row

Step 2: Use your other hand to fold the stake into a strong 90 degree angle. The reed will crackle or snap a little as you make the fold. If you don’t fold enough, the sides will weave with a rounded angle at the bottom of the basket.

Fold

Step 3: Repeat this on every stake. When upsetting a stake above the locking row, be sure to place a finger after the locking row, not right next to the vertical stake! All of the folds need to be in the same place or the first row of weavers won’t be straight.

On top of the locking row

Helpful hint: If your basket does not have a locking row, place your finger at the edge of the stake and fold the 90 degree angle.

No locking row

Again, be sure to make the folds in an even line to avoid a wobbly first row of weaving!

No locking row

Step 4: Move on to the tutorial on weaving the sides ...

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