3 ways to Lash your Basket

Jill Choate Basketry


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 rib constructed 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.   

Take it up a notch:  HOW TO weave a BRAIDED God's Eye LASHING CLICK HERE.

Jill Choate
Jill Choate


1 Response

Lisa Whittington
Lisa Whittington

February 26, 2020

I love your “how to” videos, just not enough of them!

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