- Long strips of 1/2-inch-wide,
bright solid color and calico cotton material (torn across the grain)
- Blunt, wide-eye plastic tapestry needle
- 3 yards of 1/4-inch cotton piping cord or
Thread a strip of material
through the tapestry needle, pulling through approximately 2 inches of the
cloth. Do not tie a knot in its end.
Starting with the end of the cloth strip farthest from the needle and the
very end of the cord, wrap the cloth around the cord tightly and evenly,
with each wrap slightly overlapping the previous one. Wrap 2 inches of
cord, then curl the wrapped portion of the cord into a tight spiral. Bind
the outer and the inner coils together by inserting the needle through the
center of the spiral and pulling the cloth taut.
Putting down the needle, continue wrapping the outer coil by holding the
unwrapped portion of the cord in your left hand and wrapping the cord with
your right hand. Every inch or so, bind that portion of the wrapped coil
to its inner neighbor (again using the needle to feed the cloth between
the appropriate coils and then pulling the cloth taut).
Continue wrapping and coiling the cord. To add a new color strip, just
overlap the previous strip by approximately 3/4 inch.
When you have completed a flat circle that measures about 2 1/2 inches in
diameter, create the sides of the basket by securing new coils in vertical
fashion. Continue in this manner until the basket is the desired size.
Cut the cord and wrap the very end, sewing it securely to the coil beneath
it. Snip the material strip and tuck in any frays between coils.