Special Basketry Techniques

4 lessons, 1 hour

This is a great online course for the more advanced basket makers among you. It features some beautiful, decorative, special techniques, as well as some other unusual and less-common basket making styles. Learn the incredibly efficient Irish pairing, the complicated and mesmerizing two way weave, the beautiful zig zag weave, the rope coil technique, and more.

Special Basketry Techniques - Irish Creel Pairing


This is probably the strongest technique there is in relation to its weight. The fact that it's progresses very quickly and saves a lot of material makes it an amazingly efficient technique. To finish the weave I simply make two regular rounds of French randing, as seen in the thumbnail picture (I forgot to talk about how to finish). Also, to make your work easier and more accurate, simply mark the height of the rows upon the uprights.

Basket Weaving Techniques - Two Way Weave


Ah, the two way weave. The undisputed beauty of the weaving techniques world. One that is as challenging as it is mesmerizing. Though it's basically just french randing to both sides, the execution of it is much more complicated than you may think. There are some crucial things to understand here, that aren't so simple to figure out on your own.

Willow Basketry - The Zig Zag Weave (Video)


This is a very beautiful decorative weave that will enrich the look of any basket. It's very similar the French randing technique, only instead of naturally progressing forward, the weavers are turning back towards the other direction, by coiling upon the stakes. A very simple weave in principle, though not necessarily easy to execute.

Rope Coil Waling - Special Basketry Techniques (Video Tutorial)


This tutorial is dedicated to an amazing looking weave, commonly known as the Rope Coil Technique. Though not a particularly complicated technique, it's fairly hard to figure out just from looking at pictures. Personally, I had to look at a ton of pictures until I finally managed to understand how it works. I just hope I'm doing it correctly...

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