Braiding a basket with Betty

Ready to do some braiding with wool and make a basket?  My sister Betty was here for three busy days of rug hooking, braiding, and creating fiber fun.  Betty knew the basics of braiding.  She wanted to continue her education and learn how to butt the ends of a braid rather than tapering a braid to weave in the ends.

This is the bottom of the basket.  Four rounds on the bottom, one layer starting to go up the side.  Five perfectly butted braids!  Only a couple more to go then she can be done.

The braid is started in the first picture.  Nice tall secure stand to hold the braid for even consistent tension.  Next photo is an example of the braid ready to butt.  The ends are pinned together in the correct sequence.  Kind of messy looking and might discourage first timers, however, Betty hung in there and made it work perfectly.  It was either finish the join or go clean the kitchen!

Two more rows.  The top row is extra long to include two little handles on each side. I do believe Betty got the hang of butting during our short time together.  

Braiding a basket row by  row is a great way to get a lot of practice.

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Comments: 3
  • #1

    Betty (Monday, 13 July 2015 20:07)

    Thank you Karen! Lessons learned, patience praticed, imagination illuminated, project perfected.

  • #2

    Melody (Tuesday, 14 July 2015 23:26)

    Guess I didn't realize you knew rug braiding too ! I'll have to keep that in mind in case I ever want to learn. I think it is beautiful around a hooked rug. Hope your summer is going well and you are staying as cool as possible. Mel

  • #3

    Betty (Tuesday, 25 August 2015 17:16)

    For an encouraging word to can do it. The look you get with butted edges is much cleaner and precise. You will be happy much more satisfied with just a the small bit of extra effort it takes to do the butted ends. "We are not doing this for second place". Is Aunt Theo says.