Miniature Basket Weaving

Have you always dreamed of someday learning miniature basket weaving? Do you often think (and sometimes mention out loud),
“I hope to be just like all the other miniature basket weavers I know, for they are strong of heart, and sound of mind”.  Have you had sleepless nights because you don’t know the basics of how to make a basket for a doll?  Well, it’s time to end all this needless envy and worry right now and learn this important life skill.

I laughed at that thought the other day as my fingers whirled around 2 inch cake paste wire with looping hemp cord (don’t ask me how cake paste wire is actually suppose to be used) and my mind was entirely engrossed in my strange miniature obsession.  We mini makers are quite the unique bunch, aren’t we? 🙂

Miniature Basket Weaving Supplies

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20 gauge Gum Paste Wire. I used a 20 gauge, which is pretty heavy handed. You may want to try a 22 gauge, or better yet, try both and see which one you prefer.

I had to look in the cake decorating section of my hobby store for these wires.  You can try the floral section but I found the wires there were too flimsy for mini basket weaving. It was somewhat intimidating, venturing through an aisle I have hardly ever been in, but I did it, and you can too. I have no idea how these wires are used in decorating cakes, but I think you make flowers out of them. Just don’t eat the wires, they probably tell people. You can eat the petals, but please refrain from eating the wires.

71dRa8hIYDL._SL1500_Acrylic Paint, “Sand”.

If you buy this on Amazon you’ll be spending at least double what it’s worth. If you want to save a few dollars, go to your local hobby shop.

This is the color that worked really, really well for the color of cord I used. You’ll want a color that somewhat matches the cord color you choose.

 

Hemp Twine, natural color, 0.5 mm thick

The thickness is important when you want to make a 1:12 scale miniature that looks convincing. I really like using the 0.5 mm thick cord.  The 1 mm cord is just a little too thick, though still doable in a pinch.

I used the natural color for a natural look to start things off, but you’ll quickly want to expand into whites, and pinks, or how about white and pink. Is there anything cuter than a miniature white and pink hand woven basket?

 

Tacky Glue

You will only need a drop or two, so any household glue will likely work just as well. Chances are good you’ll use tacky glue again if you’re getting into crafting or miniatures, so if you don’t have tacky glue yet, it’s worth buying for all sorts of purposes.

 

 

1/8″ Ribbon

A completely optional supply.  Thin ribbon is nice to have around even if you decide not to weave it into your basket design. I enjoy making a mini bow and securing it to my basket as a final touch. I really enjoy it, actually. The bow is like the cherry on top. Would you ever go to an icecream shop, buy a sundae, and not get a cherry on top? If you did, you’d probably question the legitimacy of said icecream shop. So, scratch the optional supply comment, it was bad advice. A cute little satin bow as a final touch is a necessity.

 

26 guage Gum Paste Wire (for the handles)

This is also pretty optional. You could always use the other wire you have on hand for the basket “skeleton”. This wire is just a little more flexible.

 

 

 

And for tools you may want a few things on hand like…

  • Scissors
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Toothpicks

That’s about it. Miniature basket weaving is an easy project to take with you when you’re on the go because the supplies pack nicely into a little bag. So now you won’t ever have to be bored waiting in line at the pharmacy. Just get out your little basket weaving project and loop away. You’ll be the talk of the pharmacy waiting room. 🙂

with love, Caroline