Weaving the Sides Tutorial

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Now that you’ve upsett the stakes of the basket, the base is completely finished! The next stage of weaving takes the flat base and transitions it to the upright sides of the basket.

Finished base

Step 1: Soak the weavers in warm water for several minutes until they are pliable. Find the rough side of a weaver by folding it slightly to see which side has splinters that pop up.

Rough side

Step 2: With the rough side facing the inside of the basket, place the end of one weaver on the outside of a stake that is…

Beginning the weaver

1) opposite of the locking row

Opposite of the locking row

and 2) at least four stakes away from the right corner of the basket. Your long weaver tail will be working toward the right of the basket. Clamp it in place with a hippo clip or strong clothespin.

Beginning the first row

Step 3: Weave the reed in and out of the stakes, remembering to continue opposite of the locking row. When you come to a corner, clamp the weaver in place and continue alternating in and out of the stakes.

Rounding the corner

Continue around the base until you reach the beginning of the weaver.

Reach the end of the weaver

Step 4: Overlap the beginning of the weaver with the tail of the weaver by four stakes. Clip the tail of the weaver so that it fits behind the fourth stake from the start. That overlap will be hidden once the stakes are standing upright.  You won’t be able to see where the weaver started or where it ended.

Overlap on the fourth stake

Step 5: Turn to the opposite side of the basket and repeat steps 2-4 to weave in the second row, third row, etc.. Pack each row down tightly as you proceed up the sides of the basket.

Beginning the second row

When you return to the place where you overlapped the previous row, continue weaving right over. This will pull the stakes into place and hide the overlap.

Weave over the overlap

Remember to begin each row on alternating sides of the basket. Once the sides become more firm, you can weave with the basket on its side rather than resting flat on the base. Weaving with the basket on its side makes it easier!

Alternate rows

Helpful Hint: In between rows, be sure to pack the rows down tightly. When the reed dries, it shrinks a little bit, so making sure the weavers are packed down will prevent spaces from forming in between rows. 

Pack rows tightly

Weave as many rows as the pattern calls for. The next step is clipping and tucking - tutorial coming soon!

Finished weavers!

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