SCRAPPY SCARF BASKET
Finished basket is 13" x 8" at base, 12" to top of rim,
about 15" x 13" at the top.
Maurine Joy designed the prototype for this
basket and we fell in love with it right away! Store your
spare mittens, hats or gloves in this spacious storage basket. You provide the
scarf, tie, or scrap material, and weave it into this fun basket. Big enough to
hold magazines and more. Kit is now available.
½" flat reed for weavers
7/8" flat reed for stakes & accent weaving
#2 round reed for twining base
5/8" flat oval reed for inner rim
seagrass for rim bead
lasher (1/4 or smaller)
¼" dyed reed for accent weaver
bushel handle & 4 wooden "feet"
scarf, tie, or long piece of scrap material
You will need:
Clothespins or clips
Ruler or straightedge (we recommend a bone awl)
Small tub (for soaking reed)
Read all instructions carefully before you begin to weave your basket. Remember, if you come to a place where you need additional help with weaving your basket, you can call us. Our experienced staff will be happy to assist you in any way we can; handles, stain and reed, as well as Kits, are all available from Baskets Of Joy. We hope you will enjoy weaving this basket!
From the 7/8" flat
- Cut 5 stakes 43" long & 9 stakes at 38" long.
- Mark the centers of all stakes on the rough side
of the reed.
- Soak the stakes briefly in lukewarm water to
make them pliable. Also soak a long piece of round reed. All reed is soaked
prior to weaving, so you may want to put in a piece or two of weaver to soak,
- Lay the long stakes horizontally on the table in
front of you, rough sides up and centers even, about ½? or so apart.
- Weave your first vertical stake in the
over-under manner at the center of the horizontal stakes. This stake should go
OVER the center stake.
- Use one of the shorter stakes to weave in at the
center marks in the over-under manner on each side of the center stake.
- Weave in remaining stakes. Adjust base to
measure 13" x 8".
- Fold a long piece of round reed in half and loop
around one stake, snug against the horizontal stake. Begin twining, going
around the base one time. End the twining to the inside of the basket.
- Gently upsett all stakes. You will use a lot of
clothespins while you weave the first few rows. Use as many as you want,
removing and replacing when needed.
- All weaving is in the over-under / start-stop
manner, and should be packed as you go. First weaver will go UNDER the center
vertical stake. Weave in the following manner:
- Weave 5 rows with the ½" reed.
- 3 rows dyed reed
- 3 rows ½" reed.
- 3 rows dyed reed.
- 1 row 7/8? reed.
- Weave in the scarf, skipping some stakes here
and there to show the material. See photo for example. Tie in a knot at the
- 1 row 7/8 reed. Pack tightly to the scarf.
- 2 rows ½ reed
- 3 rows ¼ dyed reed.
- 1 row ½ reed. This final row is your rim row.
Finishing the Basket:
- Cut all stakes that are inside the last row of
weaving even with the top of the last row.
- Insert bushel handle centered on the back of the
basket. Insert "feet along stakes on the short sides of the basket.
- Apply the inner & outer rims using the ½" flat oval reed. Bead the rim with the seagrass.
- Lash rim in place with a long, well-soaked
lasher. You can X lash at the handle if desired.
This kit and more are available on our website at www.basketsofjoy.com. Happy Weaving!!