Friday, February 8, 2013

Second Basket

Well, I got a little side-tracked since my last post. I wasn't feeling well (allergies hit me) and then we got news that our youngest daughter, all the way over in Japan, went into the hospital. Feeling a little sick AND being worried sick does not add up to any sort of blogging! Thankfully, she is much better now so here we go on basket #2 from the conference in January.

My second basket was called Oval Sampler designed by Debbie Hurd who was also my teacher for the Tidal Wave basket ( ) and again I must say that Debbie is an excellent teacher. Here we go with the beginnings of the basket on an oval wooden base....56 stakes inserted and weaving begun.

Beginnings of Oval Sampler

Getting those stakes to turn up at the beginning is a real challenge and is a constant battle for the first few rows of any basket. It's called 'upsetting' the stakes. I'm not sure of the origin of the term 'upsett' but there you go. One must be tough and just really let the reed know where it has to go! In this instance size is important because there is a handle that much fit the basket in the end. We had a choice of colors and I remained trued to those more earthy tones....

Stakes upsett at last 

Tidal Wave from the day before was woven over one, under two. Oval Sampler is over two, under two. It was hard to switch gears and I had to unweave and correct several times. I don't switch gears easily at all. VERY frustrating!!

Twining and French randing

I got so involved in my weaving that I forgot to take more photos of the progression. After the first bit of colored reed we switched to natural reed. This section has a row of triple twining, reverse triple twining, French randing, 4-rod wale, French randing, triple twining and reverse triple twining. You can see how I forgot about the camera! Triple twining uses three lengths of reed at the same time. By alternating the pieces you get that nice twisted bit just above the green reed. Then by twining under rather than over that nice 'arrow' design appears. This was repeated at the top which is really the same size as the first two rows of twining but the camera was a bit tilted. Oops. The center twisted bit is four lengths of reed twined together. That makes the twist a bit thicker but it is really accomplished in much the same manner as the triple twining. Now the French randing is another story altogether! Here's a photo of the inside of the French randing.

French randing from the back

If you look closely you will see that the weaving is actually short lengths at an angle. Each piece begins in front of one stake then under, over, under and ends in front of the fifth stake. That leaves a cut end behind every stake top and bottom but it looks really neat on the outside of the basket! 8^) The twining is important here because it helps lock the randing into place and keeps the basket a bit more sturdy. Next another section of color and then a 4-rod wale edge which was all new to me. Here I'm working on the second row of 4-rod wale.

4-rod wale edging

After that every other stake was cut away at the top and those left were tucked to the inside of the basket. The handle was inserted on each end. Yea!! It fits!

Handle inserted

An inner rim lashed to the basket holds the handle into place and poof! another basket is done! It only took all morning, all afternoon and into the first bit of the evening to make the whole thing. Next time you look at a basket don't assume it's as simple as it looks!!

Oval Sampler

At this point my hands were starting to feel pretty raw. In the shower the next morning it really stung when the water hit my hands. Bring on the lotion, a LOT of lotion, because there is more weaving to do!



  1. Again, love your basket! The only thing with complicated baskets is you really have to concentrate and can't be talking :( I always found that the next day the muscles in my hands ached. Keep posting those pictures and I'm glad to hear that Karyn is feeling better.
    JoAnn M