
Take the left hand rod (weaver) to the right in front of three base sticks, over the right hand rod (weaver), behind the next three base sticks and out to the front again. Now turn the whole base through 90 degrees anticlockwise (to the left) and repeat the process taking the left hand weaver in front of three sticks, over the new right had weaver, behind the next three sticks and out to the front again. Again turn the whole base through 90 degrees anticlockwise and repeat the process. Continue doing this until you have been round the base two times. You have now tied in the slath.
You must now open out the base sticks like the spokes of a wheel. Turn the whole base through another 90 degrees Take the left hand stick of the next group of three and pull it to the left. Now take the left hand weaver in front of three. over the right hand weaver. behind the stick which you have just pulled to the left and back to the front again. The next stick of the group is left straight but the one on the right is pushed to the right. Once again take the left hand weaver in front of one stick this time, behind the centre stick (the one you left straight) and back to the front coming out in the gap between the centre stick and the right hand stick.. Repeat this process round the base so that all the sticks are now separated into the spokes of a wheel. Continue in this manner until you reach the end of the weavers. As you weave round the base you must try to bend and separate the stick as evenly as possible and try to introduce a "crown" on the base as you go. Bases are usually made to be convex like a saucer. This is known as the crown. The reason for the crown is to add strength to the basket and to give the basket an edge to sit on. You achieve this crown by pushing each stick away from you as you weave round it and by pulling down harder on the weaver at the back. You should now have something like the picture below.

