How to Weave an Irish Creel Basket with Brendan from Big Green Weaving

In this video you will learn how to weave a Creel, a traditional Irish basket used for carrying heavy loads like seaweed and fuel. It’s design is of ancient origin, and is unique in that it is made upside-down. Willow rods were originally pushed into the ground to form the rectangular shape, then they were woven around with lighter willow rods to make the sides of the basket. Finally the uprights are turned down to make the base.

Irish Creel – Introduction video

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In this video I, Brendan Farren, will guide you step-by-step through the process of making this iconic basket. First thing we need to do is make a frame, with 40 holes drilled into which we insert our uprights.
The frame consists of a board which is elevated off the table by about 3″ (75mm). Mark a rectangle 16″ x 20″ (400 x 500mm), and drill 3 holes in each corner, and pairs of holes every 4″ (100mm) along the sides, between the corners. The holes should be 0.5″ (12mm), and there should be 40 holes all together.

What you’ll need to weave your own creel are:-
40 x 7′- 8′ (2.1-2.4m) willow rods, for the uprights
76 x 6′- 7′ (1.8-2.1m) willow rods for weaving the sides, 4 sets of 18 rods, and 4 for the topknot.

The first set of weaving rods are woven in a mouthwale, which is a twisted band of inter-connected rods which forms the band at (what will be) the top of the creel. We will also learn the weaving technique called randing.
The Creel is the first basket I ever made. I learnt it from an old man in west Donegal. It is suitable for beginners. After many years of basketmaking, I still love making a creel. I hope you do too!

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