This plastic wire basket is made using plastic wire and plastic tubes (instead of beads). This basket took me less than 2 hours to make and those days it was usually used for carrying light weight things like a wallet or when one went to the flower market to buy jasmine flower strands. This basket is not suitable for heavy duty lifting unlike the other woven baskets.
I chose to add this basket tutorial so I can show how these tubes are used similar to how we used beads in this flower vase.
To weave this basket, you have to know how to weave the square knot / box knot. (Click link for tutorial)
Let us get started with this basket.
Cut wire into 1.5 meters long pieces. I cut 20 pieces for this basket.
Cut the plastic tubes with a pair of scissors.
These tubes come in a variety of colors and cost around Rs 10 for each bundle.
Make two square knots.
Join the two knots by adding one knot above and one below them.
Make another similar unit with 4 knots.
Now we will be joining these two units by weaving together the wires that intersect each other.
But before that, we will add the plastic tubes like shown below.
Continue joining more knots till the basket reaches the desired length.
One side is done.
Flip the triangle upside down and weave the other side of the base.
We will now have a diamond shape.
The very first row that we added will be the base of the basket. Fold the diamond.
Now we have to turn the corners of the base. Without this step, we will end up with a flat woven diamond instead of a basket with flat base and vertical sides.
Lace the wires through tubes as shown below.
Make knots using wires shown by the yellow arrows in the picture above. We will be forming 2 triangle shaped spaces as shown below.
As you can see, after this step, the basket is no longer a flat diamond. Instead, it has vertical sides.
Corners have to be turned at the other end of the basket too. So a total of 4 triangles will be formed in each basket. Keep weaving together wires that are intersecting each other.
Basket grows at super fast speed.
Once you reach the desired height, tuck in the excess wire.
Lacy plastic wire basket (flower basket / poo koodai) is done.