5. Single-Round Waling Bands

This type of waling band - as the title of the lesson suggests - is a single round of weave, that’s made of two sets of weavers. It is a very different type of band than the one we learned before, which can be somewhat confusing for complete beginners. In fact, for complete beginners, I would advise skipping this lesson altogether, and use one of the alternatives I mention below (unless, of course, you find it to be quite simple). I think the main reason I’ve included it in this course, is to make it more appealing to a wider range of beginners, and not just for complete beginners.



Preparing weavers


This waling band requires 6 weavers (two sets of a 3-rod wale).

In case you are using a 4-rod wale, 8 weavers are required.


The weavers should be long enough so that where the join is being made, the willow would still thick enough to hold itself in place. If the weavers will only have 5 inches of leftover length, the difference between the butt and the tip end will be too great. The join will not sit right if the difference is too great. So, the weavers that we choose will usually be much longer than the amount of weaving we’ll end up doing with them.



Alternative options for this part of the basket


As I mentioned before, I think learning a second type of waling band is a bit much for someone with zero experience in basket weaving. So, what do I recommend?


One option is to use a starting-from-tip waling band, just like we did for the bottom band. This will make for a good practice of something that you’ve already learned, and, at the same time, it will keep you from getting confused by the differences between these two types of bands.


Another thing that you can do, is to give up on weaving a band altogether, and weave the next randing section right on top of the first one. Though usually, I don’t like to do it unless I’m starting the randing section with mock waling (a cool variation that I'll teach you in the Basic Waling Bands tutorial).


Asaf Salim