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Our Colorful Market Basket
Colorful Market Basket

copyright 2008 by Baskets Of Joy

Use gem-like dyed reed to vary stakes & weavers creating a beautiful pattern. Our oak D-handle really stands out, especially when stained. Easy & strong, makes a great beginner basket.

8x8 at base, 6" tall plus handle, 8x11at top.



5/8" flat reed for stakes
" flat dyed reed and natural for stakes & weavers
#2 round reed to twine base
1/2" flat oval reed for rim
1/4" reed for lasher
seagrass for rim bead
D-handle 8x10 or 8x12

You will need:

Basketry shears
Measuring tape
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!



  • Cut 8 stakes each 26" long from the dyed 1/2" flat reed
  • Cut 7 stakes each 26" long from the 5/8 flat reed
  • Mark the centers of all stakes on the rough side of the reed.
  • Soak all stakes and weavers until pliable.




  • Place the handle vertically on the worksurface.
  • A 5/8 natural stake will be under the handle; a dyed 1/2 stake will be over the handle to the left and to the right.
  • Now weave one 5/8 natural, one 1/2 dyed, and one more 5/8 natural on each side of the stakes. You now have a total of 5 natural 5/8 stakes and 4 dyed 1/2 stakes woven on the handle in the over-under manner. Make sure the colors alternate, with 5/8 natural stakes closest to the handle.
  • Next weave one 1/2 dyed stake in the over-under manner to the left of the handle (parallel to it, about 1/2" to 3/4" away from the handle).
  • Weave another dyed stake on the opposite side of the handle in the same manner. Use a spoke weight if needed.
  • Continue with the remaining stakes, alternating color and ending with a dyed stake on each end.
  • Adjust base to measure 8" x 8".
  • Twine once around the base to lock the stakes in place.
  • Gently upsett stakes all around.
  • Using clothespins to hold in place, weave in the first row with a piece of ?? natural reed in the over-under, start-stop manner. Keep the stakes upright, clipping the weaver to the stakes. Overlap and end inside the basket. You will need to use clothespins for the first three rows.
  • Weave two more rows with natural 1/2" reed.
  • Weave two rows with dyed 1/2" reed.
  • Weave one row with natural 1/2" reed.
  • Weave two rows with dyed 1/2" reed.
  • Weave two rows with natural 1/2" reed.
  • Weave a rim row with 3/8 or 1/4 reed. This row will be covered by the rim.



Finishing the Basket:
  • Cut and tuck stakes all around.
  • Apply the outer rim over the rim row and hold in place with clothespins.
  • Apply the inner rim to the inside of the basket, removing and replacing the clothespins as needed.
  • Lash rim in place with a long, well-soaked piece of lasher. You can X lash at the handle if desired.
  • We like to use natural stain made with our ground Walnut Hulls.

This kit and more are available on our website at Weaving!!

Baskets Of Joy
42 Alexander Rd, Brunswick Maine 04011


Baskets of Joy
81 Old Bath Road Brunswick, Maine 04011
Phone: (207) 725-5899 | Toll Free: (800)377-6097

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