Basket weaving can be a hobby and a source of income as well. Be creative as you can because you can create your own designs. You can create a basket through a butter knife or a wooden basket mold. Below are instructions and guides on how to choose basket-weaving tools and materials.
Basket Weaving Materials
- Purchase reed that’s according to the pattern. The pattern must list all needed reed sizes. Reed patterns are half-round, flat oval, and flat, and they come in different sizes.
- Buy a medium sized binding cane. It will help you bind the band onto the top of your weaving basket.
- Use any natural or vine material that you can weave around your fingers 2 or 3 times. They must not break after being soaked in the water. There are various textured natural basket weaving materials like long pine needles, willow, and bamboo that you can use to make baskets with different appealing textures. Use various widths of grasses to create fresh designs. Natural weaving materials can be round or flat. You can use similar fundamental basket weaving methods to create huge and little baskets.
- Choose a basket handle. The pattern must be in harmony with the pattern or design of your basket. After mastering the basic weaving methods, you can work on collectibles like bucket handles and designing handles. Use natural materials like driftwood for basket handles. Be creative as you can be.
- Consider your location. There are different grasses that naturally grow in each region. The colors also reflect particular geographical locations because natural plant dyes are used to make the weaving grasses more attractive. Visit your local market because there might be local basket vendors that can give you their basket weaving techniques and processes. You can also identify the materials that the local basket weavers used.
Basket Weaving Tools
- Use scissors to cut smaller vines or reed. Use a pruning shears or sharp wire side cutters to cut larger pieces.
- Use an ice pick to insert the reed spokes into the weavers. You can also use an awl to insert the reeds.
- Measure the reed. Use a dressmaker’s tape measure to gauge the reed.
- Soak the reed and your weaving materials. Soak them in a large dishpan or in a recycled 5 gallon bucket. It depends on the reed that you need to work at your present project.
- Make a list of basket weaving tools and materials that you need. Among them are basket handles, basket reeds, binding canes, basket weaving patterns, clothespins, dressmaker’s measuring tapes, drop cloths, clothespins, pruning shears, ice picks, adhesive bandages, rubber clothes, old non-aluminum pots, tongs, old scissors, pencils, wooden spoons, notebooks, pencils, 5 gallon plastic food grade buckets, and side cutting pliers.
Check the list of basket weaving tools and materials for you already might have some of them. Basket weaving is an art, and you will feel satisfaction whenever you finish a basket be it for commercial or for personal purposes.