Open base baskets
What is an open base basket?
An open base in a basket is a woven series of stakes that have spaces between them.
How to weave an open base basket
For a full description on how to weave an open base basket see the post How to Weave an Open Base Basket, or follow the directions in Step-by-Step Guide to Weaving a Market Basket.
Closed based baskets
What is a closed based basket?
A closed base in a basket is created by having a tightly woven series of stakes in the base that close off any spaces. The ends of every other stake are trimmed and tucked into the base creating ‘crow’s feet’ in the base.
Filler stakes are the stakes that go between the structural stakes that will be building the walls.
Crows feet is the term used for the split and tucked ends of the filler stakes in the base of a closed base basket.
How to weave a closed base basket
For a full description on how to weave a closed base basket see the post How to Weave a Closed Base Basket.
Benefits of either type?
Each base type has its uses.
Baskets for larger items or baskets that will be used for organic products (like a fruit basket) work well with an open base because the added breathability works well.
If you want a basket that will carry small items you probably want to create a closed based basket so that your items won’t fall through the spaces in the bottom.