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Tutorial - Basic Handle Wrap

Posted by Becky Bechtel on

Tutorial - Basic Handle Wrap

There are about as many different handle wrap ideas as there were flowers in my grandma's garden. But before you can fly with the most elaborate designs you have to learn how to do a basic handle wrap. How do you begin a handle wrap? What happens if my wrapping reed isn't long enough? What is the secret to an inconspicuous splice?  These are all good questions that are addressed in this simple tutorial for wrapping a very basic handle design. Download it, save it, print it, and use it as an easy reference at your work space. Share it with...

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Tutorial - French Randing with Arrows

Posted by Becky Bechtel on

Tutorial - French Randing with Arrows

When I was starting out as a basket weaver I spent a lot of time looking at YouTube and instructional videos learning techniques. What I discovered was that, duh ... you don't weave baskets at your computer. And yes, most of us have tablets (I almost sleep with my iPad I love it so much :o). But it's not the handiest thing to watch and follow instruction with. (Which is what I've been trying to do and learn acrylic painting. I'm about to deem myself without any painting ability.)I always wished that I had clear tutorials WITH PICTURES that would...

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Tutorial - French Randing Technique

Posted by Becky Bechtel on

Tutorial - French Randing Technique

I tried french randing very early in my weaving adventures. In my tally of successes and failures, the initial attempt definitely ended up on the failure side. I was discouraged and decided it just wasn't something that I would accomplish. Well, a couple of years later and a lot of weaving under my belt, I gave it the old college try again. And it clicked. I hope that this tutorial will make it click for you too. Experiment using all of one color, alternating colors of reed, or space dyed reed as shown in the tutorial. Download and print this...

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Tutorial - Triple Twining Arrow Technique

Posted by Becky Bechtel on

Tutorial - Triple Twining Arrow Technique

You know how to triple twine or three rod wale now by the previous tutorial. Learn a variation of triple twining that will create an arrow effect. This technique can be used for a single row to emphasize the weaving above or below it or use it in multiple rows. A block of multiple rows of this technique can add strength and structure to the middle of your basket.  Experiment using all of one color, one piece of reed using one of three different colors, or space dyed reed as shown in the tutorial. Download and print this handy PDF...

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Tutorial - Triple Twining or Three Rod Wale

Posted by Becky Bechtel on

Tutorial - Triple Twining or Three Rod Wale

Triple twining, sometimes called three rod wale, is probably the most common weaving technique for using round reed. It's also the basis for other techniques - such as arrow triple twining. It can be done continuously around the basket or with a "step up" which will make your twining look seamless with no obvious beginning or ending point. The "step up" can be very confusing to learn. Download and print this handy PDF tutorial for easy reference when you are weaving.  Triple Twining or Three Rod Wale

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