Cross-Stitch Napkin Basket: Basketry Tutorial

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Cross-Stitch Napkin Basket: Basketry Tutorial

Brittany Stanton
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This self-paced basketry course will teach you the skills and techniques to complete a Cross-Stitch Napkin Basket. Using video, visual, and written instructions, Brittany will walk you through using rattan reed and basketry tools to make a handwoven basket. This basket is designed to store napkins creatively. It can also be used as a bread basket, trinket catch-all, closet organizer, or gift basket. The napkin basket features a cross-stitch embellishment which adds a unique twist to a classic square basket. 

This course is intended for beginners to intermediate basket weavers. Previous basket weaving experience is optional.

What’s included:

  • 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
    • Glossary
    • Explanation of different reed types
    • Tools used in rattan basket weaving
    • Resources

Basketry skills and techniques learned in this course:

  • Weaving a square basket
  • Open base weaving
  • Twining
  • Plain weave
  • Cross-stitch embellishments
  • Setting up a rim
  • Basic lashing
  • Using multiple reed sizes and shapes

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: 9-inch x 9-inch base, 7 inches tall

  • 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 differently. The dimensions included here are the intended outcome but may turn out marginally smaller or larger.
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Included: pattern, videos for each step, instruction booklet, rattan weaving guidebook

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