Monday, November 12, 2012

11/10/12--Egg Basket

Last Saturday's basket class at Morton Center produced this lovely Egg Basket.  Baskets of this type and style really were used in the "old days" to collect eggs on the farm.  You will see a few examples of this type of basket at just about any antique shop and/or mall you visit.

Once the God's Eyes were woven on each side (you have to concentrate on the first one and the second one is a breeze), the basket went together fairly smoothly.  A basket with a round shape like this one requires a lot of what is called backfilling; weaving short rows so that you finish weaving straight rows.  You start weaving this one at the sides under the God's Eyes and end it right straight down the middle.

It was very therapeutic to weave over and under the ribs.  And I think it turned out really well.  It was neat to see all the variations that occurred when others were weaving the same basket.

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