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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Midelino Harvest Moon Basket

This is a great flat and open basket to take outside when “harvesting” your fall leaves, pods and flowers. Who knows, you might even find a ghost pumpkin or three…

And that is, of course the nicest part of making your own baskets- you never have to “make do”. This basket perfectly matches the tiny white pumpkins but it would also look rather fun filled with mushrooms…

For the basket you will need five Midelino cane coils.

For the frame of the basket you will need five Midelino cane coils. Two of the sections will be bound to shape the handle and the left-over bits of the other three will be used to weave the bottom basket section.

Match the first two ends and secure with glue.

Match the ends of two coils and secure with glue.

Follow the natural curve of the coils to shape a half moon.

Follow the natural curve of the coils to shape a half moon. Cut the coils shorter so that they meet neatly and secure those ends with wood glue

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Match the next coil, cut it shorter and glue on both ends

Crescent shape of the basket.

This is the basic crescent or half moon shape of the basket. The next two pieces will now extend over this shape to create the handles

Fold a long coil in half to find the middle point.

Fold a long coil in half to find the middle point. Do not fold flat.

Match the middle of the coil to the middle of the basket.

Match this middle point of the coil to the middle of the basket pieces

Follow the shape of the basket and glue the coil.

Follow the shape of the basket so that the longer coil pieces extend over the basket and glue the coil to the previous three sections. Glue the other side in the same way

Measure the last cane coil in the same way.

Measure the last cane coil in the same way.

Glue the coil to the other side.

Glue the coil to the other side to cross the first long section.

Fold the long dangling coils in and over the basket.

Fold the long dangling coils in and over the basket.

Stack the coils and glue the middle point of the handle.

Stack the coils and glue the middle point of the handle. Cut any coils shorter to make it more manageable

Start to weave the bottom of the basket.

Start to weave the bottom of the basket.

Add another coil.

Add another coil, first on the one side of the first coil and then on the other side working your way out.

Weaving the cane coil basket.

Weaving the bottom of the cane coil basket.

Keep weaving in strips.

Keep weaving in strips.

Weaving the entire base of the basket

Cover the entire base of the basket

Adjust all the coils for a neat weaving pattern

Adjust all the coils for a neat weaving pattern

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Soak the shorter left over bits of Midelino Cane Coils in warm water to make it more pliable

Wrap the soaked coil around the glue connection point.

Wrap the soaked coil around the glue connection point where the handle and the basket meet.

Press the end into the wrap.

Press the end into the wrap.

Secure with glue

Pour a bit of glue into the wrapped section and secure it with a small butterfly hair clip to hold it in place while the glue dries. See Tutorial below on how I use hair clips in design work

Wrap another wet coil around the handle.

Wrap another wet coil around the handle on the glued spot and secure with a tiny hair clip

To make a bow on top of the handle:

Gently bend two of the handle coils over and tuck it into the handle.

Gently bend two of the handle coils over and tuck it back into the handle. Secure the loops in place with glue and cut the other two ends short as you would ribbon ends

Secure all the loose ends with glue

Secure all the loose ends with glue and clip it tightly to dry flat

Weave in three more coils at the side for a decorative pattern

Weave in three more coils at the side for a decorative pattern

Let the glue dry completely before removing the clips.

Let the glue dry completely before removing the clips.

Cut the side coils.

Cut the side coils.

And the bottom of the basket.

And the bottom of the basket.

Midelino cane coil flat harvest basket.

Midelino cane coil flat harvest basket ready to design with

Midelino cane coil harvest basket.

Midelino cane coil harvest basket.

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Tutorials

14 August 2012 Midelino cane coil basket

Weave a hand basket from Midelino cane coils

8 June 2011 Foliage Weaving

For this tutorial I focus on a simple weave pattern that does not require you to soften or prepare the leaves to be more durable or flexible. This is the starting point in...

18 January 2012 Butterfly hairclip claws to hold twigs in place while glue dries

Butterfly hair clips are the perfect little claws to help you hold tiny items in place while you wait for glue to dry

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