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Sherry Dorsett

Efland, NC

Tobacco Basket

Materials
10" x 10" Square Hoop
3/4" Flat Flat
11/64" Flat Flat Reed
Bucket of Water
Scissors
Pencil
Clothes Pins/Spring Clamps
Hot Glue Gun
Tape Measure
 

1. Cut 14 pieces of 3/4" flat reed 13" long and mark center with small pencil mark on  wrong side of reed.

2. Cut 4 pieces of 3/4" flat reed 9" long.

3. Cut 1 piece of 3/4" flat reed 40" long.

4. Soak all the above in water, along with 1 long piece (3 yards) of 11/64" flat reed.

5. Lay 7 pieces of the 13" long reed on a flat surface (See Figure 1).

TobaccoBasketFigure1.jpg

6. Weave other 7 pieces over and under to make base. Base should measure 8" in diameter, with extensions of 2 1/2".

7. The extension beyond the base should be equal on all four sides ( 2 1/2").

8. Fit base inside square hoop and clip each weaver to frame with clothes pins. The wrong side of the reed should be turned to the back. The tip of each piece of reed should NOT extend above the hoop.

9. Add inserts - four 9" pieces of reed; and cut to fit according to Figure 2.

TobaccoBasketFigure2.jpg

 

10. Hot glue each weaver to the hoop.

11. Glue a 40" piece of reed around the inside of the hoop, covering the glued weavers, and lash with 11/64" flat reed, if desired.

To make a larger tobacco basket, simply use larger square hoops, wider reed and longer lengths.

 

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