Join me in taking your first steps into the centuries-old art of Basket Weaving! Whether you're picking up a new skill, bonding with your loved ones or looking to start a new career path, my kits and easy to follow guides will get you and your loved ones well on your way.
Continue below to get your first kit, any extra materials you'll need, and some guides to help you along!
The magic that makes every basket work is the timeless "Over/Under" pattern.
This pattern not only adds rigidity to your basket, but you'll find it very quickly becomes second nature.
To keep the pattern consistent, it's important that you split only one side of your center spoke after you lay out your base.
That split will act as "two spokes", which will keep your row over/under every time you come back around!
Your reed will typically have two different sides -
One hairy/rough side, and one smooth side.
When you're weaving, you want to make sure the hairy side is always facing the INSIDE of the basket.
When you lay down your base, this side will be facing upward toward you.
A smooth outside to your basket not only looks nice and clean, but it also holds paint better if you decide to decorate your basket.
One of my most important "Gin-isms" to remember when weaving a basket is to keep your reed damp, or as I like to say "No one can weave a dry basket".
Damp reed is more flexible, will dry to shape and give you little-to-no fuss while you're weaving.
Dry reed cracks, splinters and snaps easily.
When I'm weaving, I always keep the reeds damp. If they dry out, I dip them in a bucket of warm water. If my basket starts to dry out I simply mist it with a handy spray bottle full of warm water.