Beginners Basket Weaving Kits

Basket weaving can be a wonderful hobby as not only will you be creating beautiful works of art but it is also a great way to relieve stress.

You are so focused on the basket weaving itself that your problems disappear and your whole world becomes the basket you are working on.

This fact alone should be incentive enough to convince anyone to get some basket weaving kits and take up basket making as a hobby. Baskets are one of the oldest known tools in the world, with baskets believed to be 12,000 years old having been uncovered by scientists.

It used to be a highly valued craft because of how practical baskets were. However, over the centuries, basket weaving has evolved into an art form and today is practiced as a hobby or as a creative outlet rather than for practical purposes.

Of course, there are areas around the world where manual basket making is still in high demand as industrialization has not had an influence yet and people still rely on craftsmen.

If you are considering taking up basket weaving as a hobby, the first thing you will need is a complete basket weaving kit. At first you may feel a bit overwhelmed but you will gradually get used to all the tools and pretty soon you will be addicted to your tool kit.

Stocking Your Basket Weaving Kits

The first thing you will need is a tool bag, of course, or even better a basket. In fact, your first basket weaving project can be to make a basket to hold all of your tools.

You Will Need:

  • A pocket knife
  • A pair of scissors
  • A bucket
  • A towel
  • A spray bottle
  • A small sponge
  • Diagonal cutting pliers
  • A pair of shears
  • Needle nose pliers
  • A reed gauge
  • Rubber bands

Putting Your Basket Making Tools to Good Use

While the above list should give you a fair idea of the tools you may need for your basket weaving kits, they’re not all compulsory in order to begin weaving baskets.

Let’s look at some of the specific uses for the various tools lists so you can judge for yourself which tools will be needed sooner than others. You will need a pocket knife that has a blade with a straight edge.

You will also need a knife sharpener but it isn’t compulsory to have it in your tool kit unless you will be traveling a lot or you will be giving the tool kit away as a gift. If not, then you can just use the knife sharpener you have in the kitchen. You will also need a pair of strong scissors and a tape measure, which you will hopefully use and not try to eyeball the measurements you need.

When working with certain materials you will find that you need to wet them otherwise they are too rigid to work with. This means that you will need a bucket or a dishpan, a towel and a spray bottle. A small sponge may also come in handy. Other tools you will have to add to your basket weaving kits include diagonal cutting pliers to remove fibers and cut the ends off weavers, a small saw to cut rims and handles, a pair of shears to cut stronger materials and an awl to tighten weaving. You should also consider a pair of needle nose pliers to get into very small areas.

A caliper or reed gauge will also come in handy when you need to measure your materials. To round off the essentials you will need a pencil and notepad to make notes and mark materials while you are working.

Rubber bands and twist or plastic ties will come in handy when you need to clamp rims. Of course, these are the bare minimum a beginner’s basket weaving kit should contain. You will find that as your confidence grows and you begin to fall in love with your new hobby, your toolkit will expand at the same rate.

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