Basket Mark 2 Finished.

This week I finished the basket. All it really needed was to have the handle finished and that would have been fast and easy. But a white basket is not only boring it does not fit with me. I can’t keep anything white clean for long.

So faze to of the basket: dying.

I have a turkey fryer/corn cooker for dying outside. After clearing a spot on the porch for the dye pot and my son cleaning all the bugs and spiders and webs out of the hose and burner I got some water heating. Usually, when you are going to dye wool you wet it first. it gets you a more even take-up of the dye. I didn’t want that in particular so I popped it in dry.

you can see I only put it in partway. Ther is about half the bottom of the basket sticking out. This is limy green. after it had cooked for about 45 min just under a boil the water was clear and I removed it and added a dye from ProChem called Mallard. It’s a blue-green and put the basket into the pot the other way up. I forgot to take a picture of that, sorry.

Once the dye was exhausted I rinsed it and blew the beach ball up in it again, another alien.  I am really pleased with the way the colours came out.

Since I had the dye pot hot I dyed some wool too.

My original idea was to use a piece of a tree branch in the handle.

It was ok when I was holding it but as soon as I put it down this happened.

It dropped right to the bottom. So much for the cream buns you just bought. It is much too heavy. Looking back at the pictures I had seen with wood in the handles, they were all small and the wood was mostly driftwood, which is much lighter. Those baskets seemed to be more decorative than useful.  I went back to just rolling all the excess wool up into the handle. It makes a nice sized comfortable to hold handle.  You can see the colour mixing better now its dry.

when I let go of the handle It still falls to the side but not nearly as much, so the cream buns are safe.

You may have noticed that one side of the basket stretched out more than the other. I think it was from the ball being blown up in it. I should have rewet it and fulled it some more but I didn’t want to. I was thinking of how to fix it or make it a feature rather than a flaw.

I pinched it a couple of different ways and that would have worked but I didn’t really like it. the heck with it, it’s just for me.

The basket part feels a little light even though there is 200grams of fibre in it.  It was a bigger resist but I reasoned to myself that there is more wool in 200 grams of Corriedale then there is in the same weight of Fin. I didn’t put any yarn in it, mostly because I forgot. I wanted to prevent the basket lip form stretching out any more. I tend to overfill my baskets and bags. Off to search my handspun for some appropriate yarn. I found a yarn that is predominantly the same colour as the Mallard on the bottom of the pot and did some decorative and structurally helpful stitching. I am pleased with the results.  Sorry about the pictures. I was trying to keep my arm out of the way and get far enough back to get the whole basket.

I think there will be more baskets in my future.

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17 Responses to Basket Mark 2 Finished.

  1. Lindsay Wilkinson Artwork says:

    I love this basket: fabulous colours and a quirky design. I also love that it’s fully made, coloured and embellished by you for you. Great!

  2. Great colors on the basket. The stitching really sets it off! 🙂

  3. annielynrosie says:

    What a pretty basket! The handle is perfect without the wood and the stitching is a beautiful embellishment and supporter – good idea.

    It was interesting to follow your journey of basket experimentation and perhaps you’ll continue to make some for your stall (when we finally get back to normal).

  4. Bernadette says:

    I’m a basket junkie, so this has a real appeal for me. Looking forward to hands on workshop.

  5. Mary Stori says:

    WOW….what a winner, love the story behind it and the dye/yarn rescue.

  6. Karen Lane says:

    Great result and I love the fact that you made, dyed and hand stitched the basket Ann.

  7. Renee Owen says:

    Nice job! It looks great

  8. very pretty, and I love reading about your resoning for bits!

  9. ruthlane says:

    This turned out beautifully Ann. I think the stitching adds a perfect touch and it’s great that it helps the structure too. A big win win! I agree with Lyn that you should definitely sell these, I think that people would like to use them for the farmer’s market. The dye job turned out great too!

  10. Jan says:

    WOW i hope you have it at the farmers market! do you remember the fome nealing mats i have been useing for felting on? i needed to make one a bit smaller to fit in a project bag. so i cut off one row. its like a flattened small pool noodle. its vary light but tube structure is strong like an I beem or in this case an 0 beem. if your in a dollerama you may like to check one out for your next bassket.

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