How to weave a pack basket?
Weaving a pack basket can be a fun and rewarding project!

Here's a basic guide to get you started:
Materials Needed:
  1. Basket weaving reeds or materials of your choice (traditionally, ash splints are used)
  2. Scissors or shears
  3. Binder clips or clothespins
  4. A round base (you can use pre-made wooden bases or make your own from sturdy material like plywood)
  5. Awl or drill (optional, for making holes in the base)

Step-by-Step Guide:
  1. Prepare Your Materials:
    • Soak your basket weaving reeds in water for about 30 minutes to make them more pliable.
  2. Create the Base:
    • If you're making your own base, cut it to the desired size and shape.
    • Use an awl or drill to make evenly spaced holes around the perimeter of the base, about 1 inch apart.
  3. Begin Weaving:
    • Start by laying out a few reeds side by side on the base, slightly overlapping each other.
    • Secure the ends of the reeds to the base with binder clips or clothespins.
  4. Start the Weaving Pattern:
    • Once the base is covered, begin weaving the sides of the basket by bending the reeds upwards.
    • Weave the reeds over and under each other in a simple over-under pattern.
    • Keep the tension tight as you weave to ensure a sturdy basket.
  5. Continue Weaving:
    • As you reach the desired height for your basket, continue weaving in a spiral pattern, building up the sides.
    • You can add additional reeds as needed to maintain the desired thickness.
  6. Finish the Rim:
    • Once you've reached the desired height, finish off the rim of the basket by folding the ends of the reeds over and securing them to the last row of weaving.
    • Trim any excess reed and tuck the ends under to create a clean finish.
  7. Optional Handle:
    • If you want to add a handle to your pack basket, you can weave one using additional reeds.
    • Attach the handle to the sides of the basket securely to ensure it can support weight.
  8. Let it Dry:
    • Allow your basket to dry completely before using it, as the reeds will shrink slightly as they dry, which will help to tighten the weave.
  9. Decorate (optional):
    • If desired, you can stain or paint your basket to add some personal flair.

Remember, weaving a pack basket can take some practice to get the hang of it, so don't get discouraged if it's not perfect on your first try! Enjoy the process and have fun creating your own unique basket.
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