Weave a Miniature Fruit Basket

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    Introduction to Basket Weaving In Miniature

    A finished woven fruit basket in dolls house scale made from wire and embroidery thread.
    The finished woven fruit basket in dolls house scale, made from wire and embroidery thread. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    With a few simple techniques a beginner can easily make a sturdy miniature basket useful for a dolls house scale miniature scene. This simple fruit basket design uses two strands of linen embroidery thread woven over fine wire to make a one inch basket. The same techniques would be used with wicker cane to make a full sized basket, although the edging technique would be different.

    To make a basket in 1:24 scale you can weave the basket over finer wire with a single strand of embroidery thread....MORE The techniques learned from this project will allow you to weave many other shapes of baskets.

    See the next step for a list of materials and how to start the project

    Make miniature peaches as shown in the basket from this tutorial for polymer clay

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    Assemble the Materials for a Miniature Dolls House Fruit Basket

    Scissors, embroidery thread, paper covered wire, beeswax, a fine crochet hook and a rule.
    Materials needed to make a miniature flower gathering basket. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    To Make this Miniature Dollhouse Fruit Basket You Will Need:]

    • Fine Paper Wrapped Wire I used four twelve inch lengths of #30 cake wire. I left mine in their original green color to make them easier to see in photos, but you could use acrylic paint to color these canes (they will only show in the central base of the basket)
    • Linen Embroidery Thread I used approximately two yards (meters) of DMC Linen Embroidery Floss color # L3790 (brown)
    • White (PVA) Craft Glue
    • Fine, Sharp Scissors
    • Fine Crochet Hook...MORE used to draw the threads through the previous weave to finish off ends and add in a new thread, you could use a needle instead.
    • to turn the wires up for the sides
    • Ruler
    • Beeswax This is optional but it makes the threads easier to weave.
    • Cyanoacrylate Glue (crazy glue) Use of this glue is optional but it helps to hold the base wires steady for the first few weaves.
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    Lay Out the Base Wires To Weave a Miniature Fruit Basket

    Embroidery floss wraps around both sides of fine wire to create a mini effect of wicker pairing.
    Wicker pairing encloses wires representing miniature canes, inside two sets of embroidery floss which represent woven wicker in miniature. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Traditional wicker basket bases are made by slitting a set of wicker canes in the center, then passing another set through these slits to start the basket base. For a miniature basket, fine paper covered wires are laid out in the traditional pattern and a drop of cyanoacrylate glue is used to hold the groups together instead of the slitting method.

    Cut Ten Three Inch Pieces of Wire. Divide these wires into two groups of five wires and lay them out with the centers crossing.

    Glue the Wires Together...MORE at the Center using cyanoacrylate (crazy) glue to hold them together at least temporarily.(see photo) The glue is not essential if you are able to keep the wires together until the first weaving round is complete.

    Cut a Three Foot (1 M) Length of Embroidery Floss. Divide the floss up into two strand sections and run it through the beeswax to stiffen it (optional).

    Start The Base Weave Fold a Length of waxed embroidery floss in half, and loop it around one section of the base wires (see photo on left).

    Begin to Weave with Pairing. Take the floss which passes behind the first set of wires and bring it to the front across the second set of wires on the right. The floss will form a figure eight around the front and back of the two sets of wires. This method of weaving in front and back of a support cane or stake (wire) is called pairing in wickerwork.

    Continue Pairing The Base until you have completed four rounds of the four sections of base wire.

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    Divide the Wire Sections for the Miniature Fruit Basket Base

    Separating the two main groups of basket wires into smaller groups to weave a miniature wicker base.
    After the base wires are secured, the wires are separated into smaller sections and the wicker pairing is continued over the smaller groups. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    With the base wires secured in a square, begin to separate the base canes (wires) to weave in the round.

    Divide one section of five wires into three sections of 2 wires, 1 wire and 2 wires (see photo on left). Continue to weave the embroidery thread in pairing around these smaller wire sections.

    Divide the remaining sections of base wires into the 2, 1, 2 sections taking care to have the wires evenly angled to form a circular base, and continue to work in pairing around these wires for four...MORE complete rounds.

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    Separate the Final Base Wires and Complete the Mini Fruit Basket Base

    Turning the wires up from the base to shape the dolls house miniature fruit basket.
    When the base is complete, begin to turn up the wires to shape the sides of the basket. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Separate all the base wires to leave them as single wires making sure they are spaced evenly apart. Continue to weave in pairing around these individual wires, until the miniature fruit basket base is approximately 3/4 inch (2 cm) in diameter (for a 1:12 scale basket).

    If you run out of thread turn the short end of the weaving threads into the center of the basket after they have passed around the back of a wire. Insert a new double strand of embroidery thread through from the back of the wires...MORE to the center in the same spot and continue to weave using the new thread. Try to offset the replacement of the two main weaving strands, don't try to end and begin both strands in the same part of the basket. Continue to weave over the ends of the old and new strands. You can use a fine crochet hook to draw the ends down into the weaving, following one of the wires, then cut off the excess thread.

    When you have finished weaving the base, begin to shape the wires up away from the base to form the sides of the basket.

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    Bend the Stakes to Form the Sides of a Miniature Fruit Basket

    Wire side stakes turned at right angles to the base in preparation for weaving a mini basket's side.
    The side stakes are turned up evenly from the base in preparation for weaving the sides of a dolls house scale fruit basket. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Use bent nose tweezers to bend the wires to form the sides of the miniature fruit basket. Bend the wires at right angles close to the base, keeping these wire stakes evenly separated.

    Weave three rows of three rod waling to set the side stakes in place. is a main type of wicker weave used to add strength to baskets. It is a very simple technique that becomes automatic very quickly. If you need clearer instructions, see step six of the miniature flower basket instructions. In the photos in those...MORE instructions, the three rod waling has been done with green embroidery thread to differentiate it from the pairing weave done in brown.

     

    Prepare to Begin the Waling Weave Lay three, two foot lengths, of two strands of embroidery floss (waxed as before if possible)setting each length between a set of wires (stakes or rods) with about one inch (2.5 cm) of the thread behind the flower basket base.

    Hold the Ends Behind the Base with one finger and use your free hand to take the farthest left section across two wires (rods or stakes) and around the back of the third wire from your start, leaving the thread laying across the front of the basket base.

    Work Each Left Hand Strand across in front of two wires, then around in back of a wire, then pick up the farthest left hand strand and repeat the pattern, across the front of two wires, then around in back of a wire and back to the front of the flower basket base.

    This pattern of taking the left hand weaver (in our case a set of two strands of embroidery thread) across the fronts of two wires (and over the other threads) to the right, then around in back of a wire before leaving it to take up the weaver (threads) on the left again is called three rod waling when done with wicker. It creates a sturdy braid of weaving which is used for many wicker projects.

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    Weave the Sides of the Miniature Fruit Basket

    Lines of weaving on the sides of a dolls house scale fruit basket made from wire and thread.
    With the wires facing upward, weave the sides of the miniature dolls house fruit basket. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Weave the remainder of the sides of the miniature fruit basket in pairing, just as you did the base. As you weave the sides, weave from the outside of the basket, and keep the stakes, or wires, evenly spaced and gently curved to form the correct shape for a fruit basket. As you weave the base of the basket may become bowed, but you can adjust this later.

    Make sure you keep the pairing threads tightly woven as they have a tendency to loosen when you are weaving the sides.

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    Make Three Rows of Three Rod Waling to Finish the Miniature Basket's Sides

    A three wale edge being made on the top of a miniature fruit basket in dolls house scale.
    Weave the three wale edging to set the top of the miniature fruit basket in dolls house scale. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Change over to three rod waling and make three rows of waling to finish the top of the miniature fruit basket.

    For three rod waling you start with three sets of threads, one in between each of three successive wire stakes, and cross in front of two stakes, then behind the third stake to the right and out to the outside of the basket, repeating this with each of the three sets of threads.

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    Trim the Top Stakes on the Miniature Fruit Basket

    Finished woven miniature basket in dolls house scale with stakes trimmed to the top.
    Trim the wire stakes close to the top of the finished miniature fruit basket. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    When you are finished weaving three rounds of three rod wale weaving at the top of the miniature basket sides, trim off the wire stakes just slightly above the last line of weaving.

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    Finish the Miniature Fruit Basket With a Braided Edge

    Glue a braided edge to the top edge of the miniature woven fruit basket.
    Glue a braid to the upper edge of the miniature fruit basket to finish it. Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

    Cut two 9 inch (45 cm) lengths of linen embroidery floss and separate them into three groups of four threads per group.

    Wax these sections and braid the three groups of floss to form the edge for your miniature fruit basket.

    Place tiny dabs of glue on the end of each wire stake, close to the basket's top edge. Run a fine bead of glue along the top edge of the basket.

    Lay the braided edging along the top of the basket, with most of it on the outer edge. Use the tweezers to press it in place. Cut the...MORE braid slightly longer than the circumference of the basket edge, and glue the braid so that the top edge crosses over the start of the braided edging and is glued slightly inside the basket.

    Set aside to dry, and fill your basket