Cathead Basket Tutorial
This self-paced basketry course will teach you the skills and techniques to complete a Catshead Basket. Using video, visual, and written instructions, Brittany will walk you through using rattan reed and basketry tools to make a handwoven basket. The name is inspired by how the corners of the basket bottom are formed into points. When the basket is turned upside down, it gives a cathead-like silhouette. This basket looks beautiful on a coffee table, shelf, or dining table centerpiece. It's the perfect shape to hold a potted plant.
This course is intended for beginners to intermediate basket weavers. Previous basket weaving experience is optional.
- Step-by-step video tutorial of the entire basket-weaving process
- Brittany will show and explain how to do each technique. The video presents multiple angles to give the best instructional experience
- Illustrated instruction manual
- Clear photo instructions
- Materials and tools list
- Cut list - lengths of stakes and spokes
- Suggested resources for materials and tools
- Additional basket weaving resources and inspiration
- Rattan Basket Weaving Guidebook by Brittany Stanton
- Explanation of different reed types
- Tools used in rattan basket weaving
Basketry skills and techniques learned in this course:
- Weaving an open base
- Square to round basket shape
- Catshead base set-up
- Continuous weave with stair-step pattern
- Plain weave
- Tension and ease
- Setting up a rim
- Basic lashing
This basket course covers rattan basket weaving techniques. The material we use is called rattan reed and is processed from a tropical vine. The vine is turned into different sizes and shapes and imported as a basket weaving material. Resources for this material are included in the instruction manual.
The approximate completed size of this basket:
Dimensions: 4-inch square base opens out to an eight-inch diameter round opening.
- Please note that every basket will turn out slightly different depending on the person weaving. No two baskets are identical, as this is a handcrafted piece, and each weaver will approach the process slightly differently. The dimensions included here are the intended outcome but may be altered or turn out marginally smaller or larger.
Included: pattern, videos for each step, instruction booklet, rattan weaving guidebook