Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Ribbed Hearth Basket
Anne Bowers is a skilled basketmaker from West Virginia. Ribbed basketry is her specialty and she shared her expertise at the Central PA Basket Weavers Guild Odyssey 2014 by teaching a Saturday class on a Ribbed Hearth Basket.
I began my hearth basket by weaving a decorative chevron cane pattern on the wooden hearth frame handle.
Then I wove a tear-dropped shaped God's eye on each side of the basket using 1/4 inch flat reed.
The primary ribs were whittled and inserted behind the God's eye. Weaving an over-under-over pattern with cane held the ribs in place as I spread them evenly between the rim and handle base..
The secondary ribs were then added to complete the rib frame. After about 9 rows of weaving with cane, I switched back to 1/4 inch flat reed to finish weaving the basket.