In this weaving tutorial, I am going to show how you can weave a basket handle using plastic wire. This handle is cylindrical/ tubular and made with 4 wires that are braided just like we braid hair.
I have shown the method twice so if the first part is not helpful, continue to read and it will get easier.
I am using 4 different colors so it will be easy to follow this tutorial.
The method has 2 steps that we will repeat till we reach the desired length.
4th wire goes behind 3rd and 2nd and comes around and above 2nd.
In this case, green is the 4th wire and it goes behind yellow and pink and comes over pink. Now the green wire becomes the 3rd wire.
At the end of step 1, the 4th wire becomes the 3rd wire.
In step 2, the 1st wire will go behind 2nd and 3rd and passes over the 3rd.
In this case, the 1st wire is white and it goes behind the 2nd wire (pink) and 3rd wire (green) and comes above green.
So at the end of step 2, the 1st wire will become the 2nd wire.
In the picture below, we will repeat step 1 again – 4th wire (yellow) will become 3rd.
In the next picture, we will repeat step 2. So the 1st wire (pink) will become the 2nd wire now.
Continue and your braid will look like this.
If this is your first attempt, don’t be discouraged if your braid is not perfect. After a few attempts, you will know the amount of tension that is required.
Like I promised above, I am going to show this one more time.
Step 1: 4th wire in picture above (green) will wrap behind 3rd and 2nd and come above the 2nd.
Note: If you stop the handle in the middle and forget which step comes next,
- look at the top most wire (green in this case).
- See the direction in which it travels (towards right bottom corner).
- In the next step, the topmost wire will intersect the green wire and travel towards left bottom corner.
- So the white wire has to go behind pink and green and travel over green towards the left bottom corner.
Lets proceed to next step which will be step 2.
Step 2: 1st wire will pass behind 2nd and 3rd wires and come over the 3rd.
Repeat step 1 again.
Repeat step 2 again.
4 strand circle braid is ready. Pretty isn’t it?
I started with 4 strands that measured 1 meters each. The woven cord was about 66cms long (not including 3 inches on both sides). Take about 40% longer wire than the length of the handle.
Variations of the handle
The same handle will have different appearance based on the color arrangement.
I am going to use 2 colors (pink and white) and show two different looks.
Variation 1 (left hand side): The colors alternate each other.
Variation 2 (right hand side): The first two wires are pink and next two wires are white.
Variation 1 will look like this.
Looks like diagonal stripes on candy cane doesn’t it?
Variation 2 will look have the harlequin pattern/ diamonds. You can see both the variations side by side in the picture below.
Variation 3: There is another variation where a single yellow color is used where all 4 wires will be yellow.
One method, many different looks. Post your comments and questions below.
There is another braided handle that uses 6 strands. Though the two handles are similar appearance wise, that handle’s diameter will be slightly more than this one and it will be sturdier. But the most important difference between the two is, the 6 stranded braid is easier than the 4 stranded braid.