Thursday, July 19, 2007

Rit Dye

If you have not tried Rit Dye on your reed for basket weaving, give it a try.

I have found that it works really well.

I use the liquid Rit Dye and put 2 cap fulls into about 2 gals of water, the colors come out extremely well. Add a cup of salt and water softener if you have hard water, bring it to a boil and then add your reed, let it simmer for 1/2 hour or til you reach the desired color. Rinse really well after you take it from the dye pot. Let it sit over night and then rinse it again really well before weaving with it, let it dry a second time and then weave.

You will have to be careful of bleeding. It seems that all the commercial dyes will produce bleeding, but with some care and use of limited wetting while weaving you can reduce this danger.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Weaving the Bottom Corners of the Double Weave

When weaving the outside bottom corners, the key is not to squish the corner, it should lay nice and even over the inside bottom corners.

If your corners on the inside are off, then the outside corners will be off as well.

Weave each piece of cane and straighten it as you go; this also means the weavers from each angle. The Straighter you keep the weavers as you go the better your bottom will turn out.