Pattern Compliments Of:
Suzanne Moore's NC Basket Works
130 Main St. • Post Office Box 744
Vass, NC 28394-0744
910-245-3049 • 800-338-4972
Basket Size: 12 1/2"L x 5"D x 6"T
Basket Designed and Pattern Written by Suzanne Moore
While touring the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC, a wine carrier in the kitchen caught my eye. That one was made of metal, but I knew I could convert it into a basket. This basket with dividers will hold 3 bottles of wine or 1 bottle of wine and 2 wine glasses.
A complete Kit is also available Kit
|SW BASE WITH WOOD DIVIDERS MUST BE ASSEMBLED AND DRY BEFORE WEAVING THE BASKET.
If desired, paint the handle. I painted mine black to compliment my choice of ebony weavers. Sand the handle well before painting. Two coats of paint were required with sanding between coats.
Cut 10 spokes each 9" long from 5/8" FF. Also, cut 22 spokes each 9" long from 1/2" FF. Mark the center of your base (6"). Because you will be upsetting the spokes immediately, plus the weight of a wine bottle(s), you must glue in all your spokes. Dry fit each spoke then remove spoke and glue it in. Insert (1) 5/8" FF spoke at the center mark, (1) on each side of the center spoke, a 1 at each wood divider - a total of (5) 5/8" spokes. Repeat on opposite side.
Mark the center of the rounded end of the base and insert (1) 1/2" FF spoke. Do the same on the opposite end. These are the handle spokes. Insert (5) 1/2" FF spokes evenly spaced on each side of this spoke. Repeat on opposite end. You now have a total of (10) 5/8" FF spokes and (22) 1/2" FF spokes. Lightly dampen and upset the spokes. Weave the following rows start and stop, keeping the spokes up straight so the handle will fit:
4 rows 7mm FF, 1 row 1/4" FF dyed Ebony, 1 row 11/64' FO, 1 row 1/4" Cherry basket strip, 1 row 11/64" FO, 1 row 1/4" FF dyed Ebony. Weave 5 rows 7mm FF. Repeat pattern with dyed reed, 11/64" FO and basket strips and end with 2 rows of 7mm FF.
Pack well. Cut and tuck spokes. Rim with 1/2" FO, seagrass between rims, and lash with 11/64" FO. While the basket is still damp, tack 1 escutcheon pin through a 5/8" FF spoke and into each of the wooden dividers near the top of the divider. Repeat on opposite side.
Attaching the handle: The handle will be attached on the rounded end of the basket. Locate the spoke that is in the center. Dampen the rim area before drilling the holes through the 1/2" FO. If the lasher is in the way, just move it slightly to one side. Attach the handles with #6 screws, bead, washer & nut. Profile of the handle attachment (from outside to inside of basket) - screw, bead, handle, washer, rim & nut. Cut off the screw if it is too long, and file the end if needed.
All materials to make this basket are available at NC Basket Works.