Circular Weaving on a Wood Basket Base

Have you ever worked with a basket base? They’re meant for baskets, but you can use them in other ways too! Learn how to use one as a loom to create your own circular weaving design. It’s a great way to use up scraps of pretty yarns, ribbons, and more. Keep reading for a coupon code you can use on the basket bases!

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Basket Bases

These basket bases come in a metal finish or a wood finish and both are paintable. The dark brown color of the wood one is pretty though, so I left it unpainted. Both base options are sturdy and a little bit heavy. They are 8 inches in diameter, with 48 holes punched around the edge. The holes on mine were very smooth and didn’t snag on the yarn at all.

hands holding a circular wood basket base above a lighter wood table.

I knew a few others who were reviewing it would be using it as intended – as the base of a basket. As much as I love baskets, I wanted to do something different. The area where I record video has a bare wall that’s desperately in need of decoration, so I decided to make a wall hanging instead.

Circular Weaving

I recently learned circular weaving on an embroidery hoop and really enjoyed it. It’s a great way to show off small amounts of special yarns that you just don’t want to throw away. This base was much easier to use than the embroidery hoop, because the pre-punched holes spaced the warp yarns evenly and held them firmly in place!

As I’m fairly new to weaving myself, I only used very basic weaving techniques for this tutorial. With the same basic concept, more advanced weavers can mix in other stitches and techniques as well.

Materials:

For this project you will need:

  • Circular basket base (wood or aluminum)
  • 12 yds of a strong thread or yarn for the warp
  • Scraps of yarn, fabric, or other soft material for the weft
  • Needle that your weft material will fit into (optional for larger materials)
  • Yarn for edging
  • Crochet hook in a size that is comfortable for you with your chosen edging yarn.
wood basket base, needle, and several scraps of yarn on a wood table.

Warping the Loom

The first step in any weaving is to warp the loom. The warp is the series of threads or yarns that you will weave into. Start by tying one end of the warp thread to any hole. Then, using a needle, bring the yarn over the opposite edge and up through the hole directly opposite where you started.

a round basket base being warped for use as a loom. Starting the warp.

Now, skip over one hole after the starting position, and bring the yarn over and up through the next one. Cross over to the opposite edge and bring the yarn up in the opposite hole. Continue in this manner, working back and forth across the middle, until you are at the last hole.

Warping a round basket base for use as a loom

You should now have an open, diamond like shape in the center. Insert your needle under all the threads to pull them all together, then bring it back up to the starting point. You can wrap the yarn around the center an additional time if you prefer.

a round basket base warped for use as a loom. Pulling final thread to tie center together.

Bring the needle down at the starting hole, tie the two ends together, and trim any excess.

Weaving the Weft

The weft is the threads you are weaving onto the warp. There are 2 warp threads coming out of each hole, and you can use them together, or separate them.

To start a new weft yarn, weave backwards under a few threads to lock them in place, then continue weaving as normal. For a simple weave, go over one thread, under the next, over the next, and so on.

starting to weave onto a basket base that has been warped like a loom

On the next round, alternate the placement of your weft thread. If you went under a warp before, go over it now. If you went over it before, go under it now. Because we have an even number of warp threads, you will need to make an adjustment at the beginning of each round to make this work. If you are using pairs of warp threads together, split one pair at the beginning. This will give you one extra thread to work with, so you will have an odd number.

If you are working the threads individually, you can go under or over 2 threads together instead, just at the start of each round. To finish a piece of yarn, weave backwards for a few stitches and/or weave it in through your work and trim it.

Lock Stitch

On the very last round, I used a decorative locking stitch. Make a loop with your working yarn, insert the needle under the next warp thread, then bring it back through the loop you made. This will create a small knot around that warp thread.

a locking stitch at the edge of a circular weaving

Edging

Finish the piece with a single crochet edging. Use whatever hook you are most comfortable with for the yarn you choose. With worsted weight yarn and starting in any empty hole, work 2 sc in each hole around. In the holes that have warp threads, work 1 sc on one side of the thread, and the other sc on the other side. If you want to use a chunkier or lighter yarn, you can work fewer or more stitches as needed.

crocheting an edging onto a circular weaving on a wooden basket base

Join with a slip stitch, fasten off, and tie the starting and ending tails together to make a hanging loop.

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