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Introduction to Basket Weaving In Miniature
With a few simple techniques, a beginner can easily make a sturdy miniature basket useful for a dolls house scale miniature scene. This simple fruit basket design uses two strands of linen embroidery thread woven over fine wire to make a one-inch basket. The same techniques would be used with wicker cane to make a full-sized basket, although the edging technique would be different.
To make a basket in 1:24 scale you can weave the basket over finer wire with a single strand of embroidery thread. The techniques learned from this project will allow you to weave many other shapes of baskets.
See the next step for a list of materials and how to start the project
Make miniature peaches as shown in the basket from this tutorial for polymer clayContinue to 2 of 10 below.
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Assemble the Materials for a Miniature Dolls House Fruit Basket
To Make this Miniature Dollhouse Fruit Basket You Will Need:]
Continue to 3 of 10 below.
- Fine Paper Wrapped Wire I used four twelve inch lengths of #30 cake wire. I left mine in their original green color to make them easier to see in photos, but you could use acrylic paint to color these canes (they will only show in the central base of the basket)
- Linen Embroidery Thread I used approximately two yards (meters) of DMC Linen Embroidery Floss color # L3790 (brown)
- White (PVA) Craft Glue
- Fine, Sharp Scissors
- Fine Crochet Hook used to draw the threads through the previous weave to finish off ends and add in a new thread, you could use a needle instead.
- to turn the wires up for the sides
- Beeswax This is optional but it makes the threads easier to weave.
- Cyanoacrylate Glue (crazy glue) Use of this glue is optional but it helps to hold the base wires steady for the first few weaves.
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Lay Out the Base Wires To Weave a Miniature Fruit Basket
Traditional wicker basket bases are made by slitting a set of wicker canes in the center, then passing another set through these slits to start the basket base. For a miniature basket, fine paper covered wires are laid out in the traditional pattern and a drop of cyanoacrylate glue is used to hold the groups together instead of the slitting method.
Cut Ten Three Inch Pieces of Wire. Divide these wires into two groups of five wires and lay them out with the centers crossing.
Glue the Wires Together at the Center using cyanoacrylate (crazy) glue to hold them together at least temporarily.(see photo) The glue is not essential if you are able to keep the wires together until the first weaving round is complete.
Cut a Three Foot (1 M) Length of Embroidery Floss. Divide the floss up into two strand sections and run it through the beeswax to stiffen it (optional).
Start The Base Weave Fold a Length of waxed embroidery floss in half, and loop it around one section of the base wires (see photo on left).
Begin to Weave with Pairing. Take the floss which passes behind the first set of wires and bring it to the front across the second set of wires on the right. The floss will form a figure eight around the front and back of the two sets of wires. This method of weaving in front and back of a support cane or stake (wire) is called pairing in wickerwork.
Continue Pairing The Base until you have completed four rounds of the four sections of base wire.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Divide the Wire Sections for the Miniature Fruit Basket Base
With the base wires secured in a square, begin to separate the base canes (wires) to weave in the round.
Divide one section of five wires into three sections of 2 wires, 1 wire and 2 wires (see photo on left). Continue to weave the embroidery thread in pairing around these smaller wire sections.
Divide the remaining sections of base wires into the 2, 1, 2 sections taking care to have the wires evenly angled to form a circular base, and continue to work in pairing around these wires for four complete rounds.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Separate the Final Base Wires and Complete the Mini Fruit Basket Base
Separate all the base wires to leave them as single wires making sure they are spaced evenly apart. Continue to weave in pairing around these individual wires, until the miniature fruit basket base is approximately 3/4 inch (2 cm) in diameter (for a 1:12 scale basket).
If you run out of thread turn the short end of the weaving threads into the center of the basket after they have passed around the back of a wire. Insert a new double strand of embroidery thread through from the back of the wires to the center in the same spot and continue to weave using the new thread. Try to offset the replacement of the two main weaving strands, don't try to end and begin both strands in the same part of the basket. Continue to weave over the ends of the old and new strands. You can use a fine crochet hook to draw the ends down into the weaving, following one of the wires, then cut off the excess thread.
When you have finished weaving the base, begin to shape the wires up away from the base to form the sides of the basket.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Bend the Stakes to Form the Sides of a Miniature Fruit Basket
Use bent nose tweezers to bend the wires to form the sides of the miniature fruit basket. Bend the wires at right angles close to the base, keeping these wire stakes evenly separated.
Weave three rows of three rods waling to set the side stakes in place. is the main type of wicker weave used to add strength to baskets. It is a very simple technique that becomes automatic very quickly. If you need clearer instructions, see step six of the miniature flower basket instructions. In the photos in those instructions, the three rod waling has been done with green embroidery thread to differentiate it from the pairing weave done in brown.
Prepare to Begin the Waling Weave Lay three, two-foot lengths, of two strands of embroidery floss (waxed as before if possible)setting each length between a set of wires (stakes or rods) with about one inch (2.5 cm) of the thread behind the flower basket base.
Hold the Ends Behind the Base with one finger and use your free hand to take the farthest left section across two wires (rods or stakes) and around the back of the third wire from your start, leaving the thread laying across the front of the basket base.
Work Each Left Hand Strand across in front of two wires, then around in back of a wire, then pick up the farthest left-hand strand and repeat the pattern, across the front of two wires, then around in back of a wire and back to the front of the flower basket base.
This pattern of taking the left hand weaver (in our case a set of two strands of embroidery thread) across the fronts of two wires (and over the other threads) to the right, then around in back of a wire before leaving it to take up the weaver (threads) on the left again is called three rod waling when done with wicker. It creates a sturdy braid of weaving which is used for many wicker projects.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Weave the Sides of the Miniature Fruit Basket
Weave the remainder of the sides of the miniature fruit basket in pairing, just as you did the base. As you weave the sides, weave from the outside of the basket, and keep the stakes, or wires, evenly spaced and gently curved to form the correct shape for a fruit basket. As you weave the base of the basket may become bowed, but you can adjust this later.
Make sure you keep the pairing threads tightly woven as they have a tendency to loosen when you are weaving the sides.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Make Three Rows of Three Rod Waling to Finish the Miniature Basket's Sides
Change over to three rod waling and make three rows of waling to finish the top of the miniature fruit basket.
For three rod waling you start with three sets of threads, one in between each of three successive wire stakes, and cross in front of two stakes, then behind the third stake to the right and out to the outside of the basket, repeating this with each of the three sets of threads.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Trim the Top Stakes on the Miniature Fruit Basket
When you are finished weaving three rounds of three-rod wale weaving at the top of the miniature basket sides, trim off the wire stakes just slightly above the last line of weaving.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Finish the Miniature Fruit Basket With a Braided Edge
Cut two 9-inch (45 cm) lengths of linen embroidery floss and separate them into three groups of four threads per group.
Wax these sections and braid the three groups of floss to form the edge for your miniature fruit basket.
Place tiny dabs of glue on the end of each wire stake, close to the basket's top edge. Run a fine bead of glue along the top edge of the basket.
Lay the braided edging along the top of the basket, with most of it on the outer edge. Use the tweezers to press it in place. Cut the braid slightly longer than the circumference of the basket edge, and glue the braid so that the top edge crosses over the start of the braided edging and is glued slightly inside the basket.
Set aside to dry, and fill your basket