July 11th, 2014
Hang the basket on the wall to celebrate the season!
Choose a basket with an open weave so you can fill in with beautiful yarn.
Weaving is simple and relaxing.
There is nothing prettier than a simple yet elegant handwoven basket, except maybe one that has been overwoven with hand-dyed and hand-spun yarn! An open-weave basket is a perfect medium for weaving those precious lengths of handcrafted yarn you have been saving for just the right project. Insert a vase, and you now have a wonderful way to display the first blooms of spring!
- Open-weave basket (I used a locally handwoven garlic basket by Alyssa Rudolph, but any store-bought basket will do the trick!)
- Lengths of yarn in two different colors and textures (I used yarn from a local fiber artist, Nancy Hoffman, who made it from her flock of sweet Ramboulliet sheep. The yarn used to weave horizontally [weft] was machine-spun and hand-dyed for a smooth foundation. The yarn woven vertically [warp] was a hand-spun and hand-dyed yarn with a lot of textural interest. Most commercially available yarn would also provide a lovely effect.)
- Large-eye tapestry needle for weaving in the yarn
- Glass vase or receptacle for flowers
Step by Step
Cut off a length of yarn you will be using for horizontal weaving. To determine the length needed, wrap the yarn around the basket from top to bottom along the areas you will be weaving in, and add a couple of feet for the final embellishment. Leave the surplus yarn length at the top of the basket.
Thread a needle with the yarn you will be weaving in horizontally.
Beginning at the top of the basket on the side, weave the yarn over and under the vertical basket spokes until you reach the base.
Weave in the surplus yarn at the bottom and cut.
Cut off a length of yarn to use for the vertical weaving. To determine the length needed, wrap the yarn from top to bottom around the basket along the areas you will be weaving in, and add several feet for the final embellishment. Leave half the surplus yarn length at the top of the basket.
Thread a needle with the yarn you will be weaving in vertically.
Starting at the top of the basket on the side, weave the yarn over and under the horizontal basket reeds until you reach the top where you began.
The rest of your surplus yarn will now be at the top of the basket.
There should be three lengths of yarn at the top of the basket: one strand from the horizontal weaving and two strands from the vertical. Braid those strands together and wrap the braid around the top of the basket and secure.
Insert the vase, fill with water and flowers, and enjoy!