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Traditional Craft Kits

Sifter Style Plaited Basket DIY Craft Kit

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Basketry weaving is a fun and relaxing activity that people of many cultures have enjoyed for many thousands of years.

This kit teaches you how to make a shallow sifter basket with a twill plaited design. It is made from split reed. Once you learn this technique you can make all kinds of shapes and sizes with a variety of flat materials.

Plaiting is a basketry method that weaves flat materials over and under each other in a pattern. Vertical lengths are called warps and horizontal lengths are called weft. Generally the materials used in plaiting are flat and rigid. Traditionally plant materials such as leaves, split canes and wood splints were used. Plaited basketry is found worldwide.

Basketry requires patience and perseverance. Keep at it and you will be proud of your new skills and finished basket. This basket will take approximately 6 to 8 hours to complete and it is recommended to stitch in several sessions, taking frequent breaks.

Product Details:

  • Kit contains the materials you'll need: Rattan reed, twine, tapestry needle and color photo instructions
  • You will also need: scissors, ruler, water
  • This kit also includes a free design sheet should you wish to purchase materials to make a basket of your own design
  • Kit makes one petite 6” weaving
  • Ages 12 and up, adult participation necessary for younger ages
  • Made in the USA

Artisan Spotlight

At Traditional Craft Kits we believe that people have enormous creative potential. With our kits we challenge people to expand their comfort zone and turn raw, natural materials into pieces of art. Our mission is to keep traditional crafting relevant in our modern world. We offer products that teach hands on skills, spark creativity and inspire appreciation for handmade arts. Learning these traditional skills opens up a whole new and fulfilling world of creativity.  Our projects vary from simple to complex. Our beginner basket kits take as little as an hour to complete, whereas our more advanced coiled designs take as much as 20 hours or more. This provides a lasting memorable experience and the satisfaction of accomplishment.

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