The best way to understand the concept of the joined hearts is to look at the small hearts included on each pattern. Print two sets using two different colours. To make a joined heart you need two of the small heart pieces, one with a slid in the upper half and one with a slid in the lower. Make a “double” heart by joining the two pieces using the slid. Now the right part of the heart has one colour, the left another. Having learned this, proceed to the post “Joined Hearts” from November 13. 2010. Print e.g. the two pieces of “Joined Heart with Flower”. Crease and join first one side and then the other. When this is learned you may proceed to the more complex baskets. Like the heart with the flower these baskets are made from two pieces. But in this case each piece is made from two or three layers in different colours. First fold and then insert one into the other. Join as you learned previously. Joining the more complicated baskets is however not quite easy. A point tends to become entangled with a hole in the base and the tops have a will of their own. Do not panic or get frustrated. Everything will come in place eventually. Just join using the slids little by little. It helps to do a little on one side and then on the other and then back etc. An option is to keep one side together using a couple of paper clips. Seen from the side the joined baskets are more or less flat.
In general I use 80 g/m2. This paper comes in many, many colours – if you are prepared to buy 500 sheets of the same. Sometimes you may find a package with 12 different colours. But particularly the darker colours are difficult to locate. Now and then I am lucky to find 90 g/m2 or 100 g/m2 (a great deal more expensive) writing paper in the colours I lack. This paper is much better quality and also survives the cutting machine better.
Links to Joined Baskets
This is a list of joined baskets from the blog. You may go to the post to get hints and directions on how to cut and join. Click the link above the picture.