Candy Cane Basket Instruction Sheet
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by GH Productions Inc. Copyright 1998
|Imagine this easy-to-make basket sitting in your kitchen or hanging
near your phone. It's great for holding pencils, candy canes and all
sorts of things. You could even place a small jar with ivy or a potted
plant inside the basket, plus it makes a great gift.
Candy Cane Basket Size: 4" x 8.5"
|1. Cut 8 spokes 16" long from 3/8" Flat Reed.||Fig. 1A|
|2. Mark the center of each spoke on the rough side of the reed with a pencil. Soak 2 pieces of #1 Round Reed (each piece 3 ft. long) and the 8 spokes.||Fig. 1B|
|Criss-cross the spokes at their centers (rough side up), following the numbered sequence in Figs. 1A - 1D.||Fig. 1C|
|3. Begin the #1 Round weaver on top of the 8th spoke and weave around
one complete time. Do not force the weaver too closely toward the
centerallow it to weave and lay in a smooth circle.
|After completing one round of weaving, place the second #1 Round weaver
on top of the 1st spoke weave 1 row with the second weaver. See Fig. 2.
Alternate rows, weaving with the first weaver, then with the second weaver,
until you have completed 3 rows with each weaver.
Cut the weavers to lay on the inside of the basket (on the same spokes where you began). The base will measure about 3.5" to 4" in diameter.
|4. Soak the base. Upset your basket by creasing each spoke upward at
a right angle at the edge of the base. See Fig. 3.
|5. On the sides of your basket, each row is woven with a separate piece
of reed. Soak the reed before weaving. Begin each weaver (smooth
side out) on the outside of a spoke, weave around your basket and overlap
the end of that weaver on 4 spokes. See Fig. 4.
NOTE: Keep your spokes vertical or flaring out just slightly. Maintain an even space between spokes as you weave, and make sure that the edges of the weavers touch each other. Weave the rows as follows:
|6. Now, using a desktop stapler, staple the top row to every other spoke and cut the extending spokes flush with the top row. See Fig 5.||Fig. 5|
|7. Bend the horizontal part of your Star Wire Hanger to match the curve of your basket. Place your Star on top of your basket and tuck the ends behind some weavers on the outside of your basket. See Fig. 6.||Fig. 6|
|8. Cut your inside and outside rims from 3/8" Flat Oval Reed. The length
of your outside rim will be the distance around the top of your basket plus
about 2" for the overlap. The inside rim will be a bit shorter. Carve away
some of the thickness where the rims overlap to form a less bulky overlap.
Cut several pieces of #1 Round Reed for your rim filler. Soak your rims and rim filler; attach these with twist ties or clothespins around the top row of your basket . (Place the flat side of the each rim toward the basket.) Place the inside rim overlap at the front of the basket, and place the outside rim overlap at the back. Position the pieces of #1 Round Reed between the two rims, allowing the filler pieces to stop and start in several locations.
|Fig. 7 Cross Section|
|9. To begin your lashing, secure a wet piece of 1/4" Flat Reed between two spokes, under the inside rim, under the fillers and under the outside rim. Turn the lashing so that its smooth side will be out as you lash over the rims. See Fig. 7. Working left to right from the outside of your basket, lash over the rims and between each of the spokes. See Fig. 8. Pull the lashing tight with each stitch. Remove the pins or twist ties as you progress.||Fig.8 (Outside Basket)|
|To finish, tuck the end of your lashing behind one weaver on the inside
of your basket. Bend the end upward and tuck under one weaver. Trim the excess
lashing. See Fig. 9.
Gently shape the basket if needed.
Enjoy your Candy Cane Basket!
|Fig. 9 (Inside Basket)|
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This basket is the featured Holiday Basket for 1998.
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