I think this is going to be one of the last non-Christmas crafts I do for a while! I’ve just completed the November Craft Box Club (https://craftboxclub.co.uk/), a rope and wool basket. I’ve done quite a bit of basket weaving now, but the thing I like about it is that it is very rewarding and each of the kits or classes has something a little different to the others in terms of materials and techniques.
Included in this kit was:
- Cotton rope
- Coloured thread x2
- Needles x2
- Needle threader
- Lolly stick
- Teabags x2
As usual the link for the online video tutorial was also provided. The video this month was only about ten minutes long. I tried to craft along with it as the beginning of the basket is quite fiddly and I did have to pause and rewind a few times, just to make sure I’d got it right, but once I’d got into the swing of wrapping the rope I found that I could do it without watching until finishing off at the end.
As I mentioned above, the start was a little fiddly, but I liked the use of the two needles to hold the first coil in place as you began to create the stitches that form the base of the basket. Previously I have only done basket weaving with raffia, so I really enjoyed having a go with rope and wool instead. I also liked the technique of wrapping the wool around the rope in between the stabilising stitches. It gives the basket a really nice texture and allows you to play with colours. I think my joins where I finished one piece of yarn and started another could use some work as they are a bit scruffy, but I wanted to make sure my work didn’t come completely unravelled so I was double knotting the ends!
The other part I liked was finishing off with the decorative coil that was held in place the same way as the very first coil. It gives the basket a really neat finish, rather than just cutting the rope off. I was very impressed with how little wastage there was and how good the instructions were, as I had the exact amount of rope to complete the basket and very little wool or thread leftover. There was the second skein of coloured thread which I didn’t use at all, but it was nice to have the colour choice and I will definitely be able to use up the spare thread in another project!
I’m not sure yet what I will do with my new basket, but I think it would look quite good on my dressing table so I’m sure I’ll find something to store in it. On the instruction page on the website it said that this project would take about two to three hours. I think it might have taken me a little longer than that, although I wasn’t timing myself, but I did do it over two sessions. It’s always good to be able to put a craft project down and come back to it again later!
I’ve got some lovely Christmassy projects waiting for me and I can’t wait to get started on them. I’m especially excited as last week two crafty advent calendars arrived in the post! Roll on December so I can start opening them!