In basketry, a “melon basket” is also known as an “egg basket”. Many beginners start learning basket-making by weaving one of these simple, yet beautiful baskets. These basketry hoops come in a range of sizes. You’ll need to buy two of the same size, to make one melon basket. One hoop forms the basket rim while the other forms the handle.
Making a melon basket involves the traditional basketry technique of ribbed construction. Start your basket by lashing two intersecting hoops together at right angles, to create the basic framework. Then insert the ribs are into the lashing to give strength and shape to the basket. Next, use the “randing” technique to create the woven surface. This involves moving a single weaver strand in and out of alternating ribs.
Most basket-weavers use willow or rattan to weave melon baskets. You can make them any size you like, and use them to carry eggs, fruit, flowers or any other small objects.
These hoops can also be used for macrame, to make dream-catchers, or for making flower wreaths of as decorative frames.
PACKAGE CONTENTS: 1 X basket-making hoop
Busy Beaver on YouTube demonstrates how to weave a melon basket. Part #1
Busy Beaver on YouTube demonstrates how to weave a melon basket. Part #2