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Oval Bases

5 lessons, 2.5 hours

French oval bases are, in my view, one of the most intimidating topics in willow basket weaving. It is a topic that even old-time basket makers and basket-making tutors don’t always fully understand. This advanced online course explains the methods and rules of oval base weaving more thoroughly than any other. It will expand your skill set, improve your understanding, and will make you forget why you used to find this topic so intimidating.

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Weaving an Oval Base - Willow Basketry Tutorial


Using randing for an oval base is quite different than using it for a round base. It's important to understand the special rules and principles of how to separate the side sticks, otherwise you cannot maintain a continuous, alternated pattern. Let's dive right in to the fascinating subject of French oval bases.

How to weave an oval base from willow


In this lesson we'll use randing once again to weave our oval base, but this time with an even number of sticks in the sides. There are some crucial things to understand about this, without which we cannot maintain a continuous, alternated pattern. If this feels like a lot for you at the moment, and you're still a bit confused with the rules and principles of the first lesson, take some time to weave a few more bases before moving on to this lesson.

Willow Basketry Tutorial - Weaving an Oval Basket


French randing an oval base, is, to me, one of the most satisfying weaves there are. The pure brilliancy and technicality of this weave makes the use of it an utter and complete delight. I really like using short leftover weavers for this weave, and especially for the first section. It just feels so efficient, and I love it!

How to Weave an Oval Basket Base - French Randing


French randing an oval base with an even number of side sticks is different from both French randing with an odd number, and plain randing with an even number! It is a whole new topic all by itself, with its own unique rules and principles. Once again, if you've just learned this weave, and are still a bit confused with it, make 2-3 more bases with an odd-numbered sides, and then continue to this lesson.

Oval Base Theory - Free Online Course


In this lesson we'll go over other possible weaves for French oval bases, and how to assemble an oval base to specific measurements. In addition to that, we will learn to understand the special nature of oval bases, and talk in more detail about the assembly of the base sticks. The sheer volume of information in this lesson is immense, so try watching one or two chapters at a time (out of four chapters in total).

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