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Make A Basketweave Snowflake Ornament
Use Black Ash Woodsplint And Sweetgrass In This Free Project

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Make a tree full of black ash woodsplint and sweetgrass snowflake ornaments for your holiday celebrations. 


  • 8 pieces black ash double satin woodsplint  3/8" x 5"
  • sweetgrass for twining
  • cord for hanging finished ornament


  • scissors
  • ruler
  • awl or WeaveRite™ tool


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  • Dampen woodsplint before cutting
  • Cut eight lengths of double satin (smooth both sides) woodsplint 5" long and 3/8" wide for spokes
  • Narrow the centers of each spoke to 1/8" for about 1", then taper each end

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  • Soak a small bundle of sweetgrass in water for a short time, wrap in a moist towel and allow to mellow before weaving

Copyright  Susi Nuss, All rights reserved - holly.gif (944 bytes)Spoke Layout

  • Layout the spokes in the sequence diagrammed below

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  • Fold a blade of sweetgrass near its center point and begin twining around the spokes
  • Add new blades of sweetgrass when necessary
  • Twine until the center measures 1" across
  • End twining by inserting the sweetgrass under previous weave to secure
  • Trim any ends

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  • Moisten the spoke ends
  • Turn back points of alternate spokes
  • Use an awl or WeaveRite™ tool to open up the weave
  • Carefully insert ends into the weaving on the back side

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  • Trim any stray ends
  • String your ornament

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  • This ornament can be varied by cutting the spokes into different shapes giving you a variety of star and snowflake shapes
  • Dyed or natural raffia that has been split to a narrow width can be substituted for the sweetgrass
  • Dyed spokes and natural weavers are another option


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