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Hearth Basket (Monstrously big!)

November 26, 2010

Everyone is in luck today, because my wonderful friend Zach is visiting and he agreed not only to hang around while I made a basket but also to take a lot of pictures of me doing it!  I decided to make a hearth basket, which sits by the fireplace and is ideal for holding kindling.

For this basket, I started with a pre-made D-ring which serves as a stake and also the handle. Here’s me laying out the stakes.

 

 

I had to work at the kitchen table because this basket is so big.  Here I weave the rest of the stakes to form the bottom.

Weaving of the sides starts:

 

This basket will have sloped sides, so the weaving only goes all the way around for a few rows. Then, I start weaving each side independent of the other. (PS ignore the double chin, I always have it when I’m weaving because I’m looking down!)

 

 

Here, I fold down the excess of each stake in a process called “downstaking”

 

To finish off, I lash on the rim:

 

Final picture!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Liz permalink
    November 26, 2010 9:10 pm

    ooo, love the rim!

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