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Shallow, solid bottomed basket

November 22, 2010

Here’s that example I was promising of a small but tough basket.

Making a square basket* with a solid bottom is harder than you might think. If you lay your stakes directly next to each other in order to form a solid bottom, in most cases there is then no room to weave in between them and form the sides. Therefore special techniques are necessary. For this basket, I laid smaller pieces of reed between the stakes to fill the gaps. So the bottom has a really tight weave. Take a look:

Filled bottom

Nice tight base!

The “extra” stakes are simply trimmed and hopefully tucked somewhere, and don’t actually get woven into the sides.

Another challenge of this basket was that the sakes and the reed that makes up the sides– called “weavers”– are the same size. This can cause the basket to be a little temperamental. It’s easier to weave if the weavers are more narrow than the stakes. So I basically wanted to rip this basket in half the whole time I was making it. As is often true with tricky baskets, though, I love it very much now that it’s done. No process photos because I was so frustrated during!

Final result:

My shallow, solid-bottomed basket


And from the side:

Side view

Thanks for reading!


* as you can see, square-bottomed baskets don’t always end up square on top. The basketmaker can choose to square the corners or not, based on her preference for the final appearance of the basket. I’ll call square-bottomed baskets “square” regardless of the shape of the top.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Stephanie permalink
    November 22, 2010 8:07 pm

    I love the pointy bottom corners!

  2. Liz permalink
    November 22, 2010 8:55 pm

    ooo i like the thick and thin pieces on the bottom–VERY cute.

  3. Taylor permalink
    November 23, 2010 1:48 pm

    I love this one! I second Steph about the cool pointy corners!


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