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The process for making this triaxial weave basket can be broken into eleven steps. Enjoy watching each step super fast, fast, or in real time!
1. Weave the base.
Start with 36 ribbons and weave in three directions using a 2-1 Twill. Each ribbon weaves “over 2, under 1” with every other ribbon.
2. Weave the Corners
Add six corners at the points of the star by taking the outside six ribbons and changing their angle from 60 degrees to 120 degrees. This makes them parallel to other ribbons in the base. The remaining ribbons weave in vertically.
3. Connect the Corners
Weave the ribbons between the corners to create the side of the basket. All ribbons continue to follow the 2 – 1 Twill pattern.
4. Add to the sides
Weave up a row on the sides. This is the part of the basket that is the most fun to weave. Too bad most baskets are pretty short!
5. End the outside diagonal ribbons
The diagonal ribbons are bent to run horizontally around where the rim will be. The ends are hidden under the rim. The vertical ends are tucked in to get them out of the way temporarily.
6. Do the same with the inside diagonals
Repeat with the inside diagonals. These are harder because there isn’t as much room for your hands, and it is harder to see what you are doing.
7. Tuck the verticals to the outside and add the outside rim
The vertical ribbons from the inside are woven down the outside. A separate ribbon is woven around the top for a rim.
8. Tuck the inside verticals in
Each vertical goes over the top of the basket and then weaves in down the side. This holds the basket together and covers up the ends of the diagonals.
9. Add the inside rim
The inside rim provides a finished look. One small stitch is added to hold the ends of the outside rim and the inside rim together. This prevents the top of the basket from expanding with use.
10. Finish tucking the inside verticals
Tuck the inside verticals down into the base. This keeps them from loosening up, and provides more thickness and stability to the basket.
11. Tuck the outside verticals and trim the ends.
Add additional stability by tucking the outside verticals. Cut off all of the vertical ends. Pull them slightly before cutting so that when they relax back you hide the ends.