This tutorial has step by step pictures showing how you can make the diagonally woven plastic wire shoulder sling bag.
Special features of this basket:
- No running wire
- No base
- Bits of wire that are leftover after weaving other bigger baskets can be used to make this sling bag.
This basket forms geometric patterns but unlike baskets that are woven with running wire, the pattern formed will have diamonds and triangles instead of squares and rectangles.
To make a bag with the same design, you will need, 8 black wires and 16 white wires.
Each wire is 2 meters long.
Method for making diagonally woven basket
(குறுக்காக நெய்த பிளாஸ்டிக் சரடு கூடை பின்னுவது எப்படி)
To make a knot, you will need 2 wires. To learn how to make the knot, check this tutorial.
With the 8 black wires, make 4 square knots. With the 16 white wires, make 8 knots.
When you place two knots near each other, you will see their wires intersecting at two points – above and below.
Make a square knot above and below.
Make another knot below. You have now attached the two knots (/4 wires) and it will look like this.
Continue adding knots and it will look like this.
This basket is simple. All we have to do is make a knot when two wires intersect each other. Simple isn’t it? We won’t be using any running wire.
In the above mentioned fashion, we will be adding more knots.
We have now joined 4 white knots.
Now we will join the 4 black knots. Followed by 4 white knots.
This basket will not have any base so we will turn our corner right away. Even though this basket does not have a base, it will still have 4 corners. The 2 yellow arrows in the following image point to the corners on the left side.
The yellow arrow is between two wires. Take the two wires and make a knot with them. Yes they are not intersecting with each other. But this is how we turn the corner. You will have a triangular hole and the corner will have 3 knots.
The corners on the left side will look like this. Now repeat the same for the two corners on the right side.
That is it. The difficult part is done. Now whenever you see two intersecting wires, catch hold of them and make a knot. The yellow and red arrows in the picture below show two intersecting wires.
Keep going, you are doing good.
Of course you will be tempted to grab one wire that is traveling from left to right and make a few knots with it. The basket will grow unevenly but this method is faster.
Can you see the beautiful diamond pattern emerging?
There you go. The sling bag / shoulder bag is all done.
You can see the base of the basket here.
Tuck in the excess wire on the inside and trim the excess. Each knot will have two wires and they will be tucked into the knots below them. Their direction is shown by red arrows.
And we are done. Took me just a few hours to weave this one.