This basket used a start that i had never tried with willow. Four lots of six base sticks crossing over each other. They were actually full six foot rods. A lot of weights were used to hold everything in place.
The groups of base sticks were gradually subdivided into singles and bent up to form the side stakes. I replaced some of the butt ends before finishing the border but now wish I had replaced them all. It would have made the border more even. Instead it looks like a bit of a dogs breakfast!
A good experiment though. Which I hope to repeat.