3 ways to Lash your Basket

 

 

 

The really GOOD thing about rib constructed baskets is there is only one painless lashing to begin the basket.  There are several ways to do the lashing but let's talk about the big three.  
God's Eye Lashing (or ojo de dios):
Supposedly a symbol of the power of seeing and understanding unseen things - maybe it can add some additional  mojo to your basketry - who knows?
At any rate this is how it's used to lash your two basket hoops together.
Mule's Ear Lashing (or 3 point): 
No idea why it's called a mule's ear lashing but here goes.
Bow tie Lashing (or TN bow tie):
Maybe this originated in Tennessee?  Once again, I'm clueless but it's a different take on a way to lash two hoops together.  
There you have it!  Three different ways to lash 2 hoops together for an Appalachian traditional basket. The Herb Drying Basket, Oval Melon Basket, Oval Melon with Twill Handle Basket all use one of these methods to start out weaving the basket.   SAVE 25% on all the APPALACHIAN COLLECTION this week.  Use code: BEFOREBLACKFRI

Jill Choate
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