This basket weaver was more than a trifle unhappy with the previously posted flat-bottom basket.
There were many mistakes in it that I simply could not stand.
Therefore, last night, I took the scissors to the basket and whacked out all the reeds – leaving nothing but the two hoops. Boy did that ever feel good! :-)
I started again and made every attempt to follow the directions to the letter. In spite of that, I still could not get all ten ribs (per side) worked into the basket. I had four..FOUR sets left over. Never-the-less, I’m much happier with this effort than the first.
At least now, I can concentrate on a new one. I won’t be whacking this one apart….It can stay. ;-)
I stained it with a mixture of instant coffee & tea. Marcia Balleweg, owner of Oklahoma Basket Supply, shared her recipe for this stain:
- 3/4c. Hot Water
- 4 tbs. Instant coffee
- 3 tbs. Instant tea
According to her directions: “Mix together and heat until all coffee and tea granules are dissolved. Put mixture into a spray bottle and spray your dried basket. Add water to spray bottle if you like a lighter color. I usually lightly spray the first coat and let it dry. It will dry lighter in color. You can spray again and let dry if you want your basket to be darker.”
I followed her directions for mixing. I took the basket outside to the patio and sat it in a large box & sprayed. I left it out in the breeze & sun to dry. I’m very happy with the color now, but we’ll see how it looks tomorrow when it’s completely dry. I really like the thought of using a natural, non-toxic stain. Wait, are coffee and tea “natural?” Yeah, I think they are.
Now, I need more reeds! I want some big ones this time. :-)
Again, I must add that the above photo was shot with my beloved Nikkor 85mm 1.4D. The bokeh it delivers is beyond delicious. :-)