Grapevine Basket Weaving

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    This is the sequel and conclusion to the grapevine basket harvesting.

    We started with the thicker more pliable pieces cut to length, around 12-15 inches, for our small baskets. Miss Kathy had already taken he vines out of the water on Tuesday, and today, Wednesday, we met to work on the baskets.

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    Miss Kathy recommended starting with 3-4 for the base, and using a smaller one to weave the start. It is important to do the under/over weave in at least two rows to start and tighten them up for the base. I chose to eliminate some of the chaos in my basket by holding one end of two sticks together in my base for an odd number for the weave. If you have an even number you have to switch up which goes over and under at different spokes. With an odd number the change occurred naturally.




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    The next step was to get enough of your base made before you started weaving tighter to bring the sides up. [​IMG]

    We had a large pile to choose from, and as we continued to build the baskets began to take shape.
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    The final step to this was to tuck in the spokes. A handle can be added easily and you can use the extra small leftover scraps to weave in and plug holes.

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    My daughter wanted a basket too but our supplies were starting to run low so hers didn't come out as pretty I don't think. (I made it, not her, she wanted to go play)




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    Ms Kathy sent me home with leftovers and some floral grapevine from a florist friend of hers. I plan to make a much larger basket and soak these and use them wet.

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    and that's all I wrote so far guys! Enjoy!


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    Nice project, thanks for sharing
     
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    Nice work! I've made a couple things with them and they are strong and plentiful. Looking forward to seeing more in the future.
     
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    Nice to see chapter two! I hope they see some good use!
     
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    Great job Mrs Radley and kids,I am going to have to give that a try,thanks for sharing.
     
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    I used to make wreaths as a kid, never considered trying a basket. Looks like fun and has practical application as well.
     
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    Nice work and photos. Thanks for the post. I need to get out and start harvesting some vine.
     
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    Neato! Nice work on the baskets. There are lots of grapevines here but I actually have never tried weaving them; may have to now!
     
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