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Here's a handy tip for getting small baskets
started with delicate weavers!
These photos show our Christmas Ornament Basket set up on a
styrofoam cup so that even a child can weave it. Use an awl to poke holes
for the groups of spokes. Run the spokes through the holes and now you
have an easy to hold "basket starter." Once the basket is finished,
just tear the styrofoam cup out of the basket. Easy! Click on the photos
to see a good close-up.
This is not recommended for a group project with very
young children, but is suited to a one-on-one situation (adult+child),
when you want to introduce "what basket weaving is". After seeing
how they do while working with you on this, you can determine if they're
ready for a Kids Kit.
The Kids Kit is definitely suitable for 99% of children ages 9
through 14 weaving in a group setting or alone. it's available in
discount packs for group settings: the Camp Kit and the