Lay Out An Eight Spoke
When you lay out the
spokes of a spider-woven round basket base it is important to do it in a sequence that
will lock in each spoke as you do your first round of weaving. This example demonstrates
an eight spoke base that has each spoke split as the weaving progresses out from the
Begin by preparing all
eight spokes and numbering them from one to eight using a pencil. Starting with the spoke
labeled #1, lay the spoke down on the table surface in a vertical orientation.
Then lay out the spoke
marked #2 at right angles to spoke #1.
Next, layout spoke #3
with the top of the spoke dividing the space between the tops of spoke #1 and #2.
Add spoke #4 at right
angles to spoke #3. The top of this spoke will divide the space between #1 and #2 on the
left of the vertical.
Continue adding pairs of
spokes at right angles to one another. Spoke #5 bisects the space between spoke #1 and #3.
Spoke #6 subdivides the
space between spoke #2 and #4.
Spoke #7 subdivides the
space between spoke #3 and #2.
Spoke #8 subdivides the
space between #4 and #1.
You now have all eight
spokes laid out ready for weaving. To stabilize them temporarily, use a piece of light
weight waxed linen thread to weave the spokes together. Weave the thread tightly around
the spoke assembly and tie into a bow. Use the thread to adjust the spokes so that they
are equally distributed and well balanced. This thread is clipped out once your first
round of weaving is completed. As you begin weaving, the over one-under one stroke locks
in the spoke assembly. The first round of weaving will go over spokes #5, #7, #6 and #8
and under #1, # 3, #4 and #2.
This example has each spoke split beyond the center, but the same sequence of laying down
your spokes will work in instances where the spokes are not split. Use a chase weave
start, twined start, Indian weave or split one spoke to achieve an odd number of spokes if
you plan to do a continuous weave.
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