Starting a rib basket for Mungo

So to answer Mungo’s question in my previous post…..

Take the basket rim

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and the central rib (if you wish to make a basket with a handle this would be another Willow hoop) and using a cross lashing secure the two together

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Now take another wand and weave in a figure of eight over the rim from front to back

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across the front of the rib

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and then behind the rim

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and over the top and this time go behind the rib

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and over the rim from the front

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and then across the front of the rib

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After you have done this a few times two holes (top and bottom of the figure of eight)  will have been created looking like this from the side view

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and into each of these you push the end of another rib

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At this stage you should then have five ribs.  Now continue weaving between them all a few times and with the resulting holes created between each rib you push in another six ribs, giving you eleven in total and this is what you will have

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Hope that answers your question :>)

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6 thoughts on “Starting a rib basket for Mungo

  1. It certainly does answer my question! :>)

    Wow! I have read probably over 30 articles on basket making, and never yet seen a tutorial or set of pictures that adequately describes what you have shown! Thanks a lot for this, brilliant. I will make a basket this summer and let you know the results.

    Cheers,

    Mungo!

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