Words of Wisdom

Basketry tips and hints for creating beautiful, useful baskets.


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The more clothespins you use on the first rows of your basket, the better your basket will turn out. Just Patterns


If your dyed reed has bled onto natural reed, you can touch up your basket by carefully using some bleach on a cotton swab. Just Patterns


Caring for your baskets: Your baskets should have a shower once a year at least. The best time to do this is during the summer months. Hold the basket under the shower to rinse off the dust, dirt, etc. that has collected , then hang the basket outside to dry. Sandy Atkinson


After you have stained your basket, turn the spray can upside down and spray a couple of spurts to keep the nozzle from clogging. Tennessee Basketry Association


Always watch the spacing between your stakes. If they get too close, the basket will be small and tight. If they are too far apart, the basket will be big and loose. Tennessee Basketry Association

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