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Hen Basket

December 19, 2010

Here’s a more complex (though about equally as irritating) example of a ribbed basket. This is a traditional 19th-century basket that actually would have been used to transport a hen!

The frame on this one consists of three rings lashed together at the top. The straight piece is simply a temporary brace to keep the two outer rings apart as I weave.

Frame

The ribs run alongside the rings and are secured where the three are joined. At first, only two ribs are added.

beginning of weaving

More ribs are added as the weaving continues! Here’s the basket with all the ribs (finally) added.

all ribs added

As the weaving closes in much faster on the small rings than the large one, lots of filling in is necessary, just like with the key basket. Turning around on various ribs allows me to avoid the small rings for a while until everything evens out.

filling in

Here it is with the weaving almost done… it’s tough to squeeze in those last couple of rows!

Almost done

Finished shots… I love this basket a lot even though it was a bit frustrating to make!  It was my first try at this exact style, so I’m sure it would be easier if I did it again.

Finished top

Finished side

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  1. Liz permalink
    December 19, 2010 10:14 pm

    SHUT UP!! was this kind really used to transport hens?! what do you need to transport hens for?! where do you bring the hens, like on a walk…?? what ensures that the hens stay in the basket rather than jump out?? NINA, i have so many questions about this basket!! very cool.

  2. December 20, 2010 5:28 am

    The coolest basket so far, I think. Does the recipient get a hen, also?

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    A really good friend of mine is looking for a double hen basket. She says that it was designed to transport two hens at a time. do they exist and if so ummm… where do I find one?

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