Easy Woven Dish: Kids Project
I brought my 7 year old son with me to my basketry class one day thinking he would read his books or draw in his sketchbook while I worked on my basket.
Instead, my teacher/mentor/friend put him right to work on his own basketry project. She had seen a woven soap dish in the Williams Sonoma catalog and decided to simplify and reproduce it.
Here’s how to do it. It’s very simple!
Soak your reed in water for at least 10 minutes. Use any size basketry reed–whatever you have. (we used 2.75 mm) First decide how big you want the circumference of your dish to be. Cut one reed to 10 times the length of the circumference you want. For example, if you want your circumference to be 4 inches (which is what my sons was) cut one reed to approximately 40 inches. Form a circle and continue to wind the reed around that circle in a spiral fashion.
Now cut smaller reeds that will be woven into the circle. Cut at least 20 reeds 2 times the length of your circumference–in our case 8″ and up to 30 for smaller sized reeds (e.g. 2.25 mm). Cut more reeds as necessary.
Getting the first reeds in place is the trickiest part requiring very “nimble” fingers. When doing this with kids (as my basketry teacher does) it’s a good idea to get the first 3 woven reeds done and then the kids can easily continue on from there.
A woven dish for soap–or whatever!