Want to try your hand at basketweaving? I’ve created the perfect beginner-friendly project for you! The Calliope Basket is made from lightweight raffia with no counting involved. That’s right! It’s the perfect introduction to coiled basketweaving, and I’ve put together a handy beginner basketweaving kit with everything you need to get started.
This kit comes with 3 oz of Black Raffia and 3 oz of Natural Raffia. That’s enough to make two baskets like the one pictured. Or, combine it all and make an even larger basket. The pattern is also adaptable, so you can get a flatter platelike look or go for a more curvy bowl shape. It’s up to you!
One thing I truly love about this basket project is how the colors shift. Replace strands of raffia as you go, and you’ll notice and gentle and organic shift from black to natural giving this basket a truly unique look! All it takes is some simple coiling and sewing with a needle.
The Calliope Basket Pattern & Video comes with two finishes, simple and braided, to add to your weaving toolbox.
Once you’ve learned this beginner basketweaving technique, you’ll want to make this project again and again! It’s so relaxing to just jump right in and start weaving without worrying about keeping count. If you are looking for a simple summertime project to take with you on the go or a creative rainy day adventure, give the Calliope Basket a try!
Looking for more in-depth approach to weaving? Check out my circular weaving video course.