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How to Create an Easy Double-Weave Spring Vase

July 11th, 2014     

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Hang the basket on the wall to celebrate the season!

Hang the basket on the wall to celebrate the season!

Tina Hilton

Choose a basket with an open weave so you can fill in with beautiful yarn.

Choose a basket with an open weave so you can fill in with beautiful yarn.

Tina Hilton

Weaving is simple and relaxing.

Weaving is simple and relaxing.

Tina Hilton

Hang the basket on the wall to celebrate the season!

Hang the basket on the wall to celebrate the season!

Photo: Tina Hilton

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!

  Choose a basket with an open weave so you can fill in with beautiful yarn.

Supplies

  • 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
  • Scissors
  • 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.

  Weaving is simple and relaxing.

Weave in the surplus yarn at the bottom and cut.

  The first layer is complete!

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.

  Weave yarn over and over.

  The contrast of the smooth reed and the soft yarn is pleasing.

The rest of your surplus yarn will now be at the top of the basket.

  Make sure your yarns begin and end at the same place on 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.

  The braided yarn trim completes the look.

  A small glass bottle makes a perfect vase.

Finishing
Insert the vase, fill with water and flowers, and enjoy!

posted in: yarn, vase, basket, hand woven

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