This is a basket I didn’t finish a year and a half ago. It is a brown that’s not too bad. I have purchased my supplies from The Canning Shop. Originally it was a store in Berkeley, CA with mail order. They now have a great online store. I have never purchased dyes from them. I just used Rit dye which is available at many stores.
I was unhappy with my results so I just stuck it in the pantry and forgot about it until now. So I pulled that out and finished it. Notice how it is darker in the centers? That is due to soaking it in water to soften the canning so I could finish it. Then I scorched the frayed canning with a lighter.
When it is dry, oil it with mineral oil and a paint brush to keep it hydrated. It is still not my best work but not totally worthless.
I decided to make a small basket. I found two small hoops and arranged them to my desired shape. It is easier to start with a standard cross which makes a basket with a handle.
After soaking my dyed canning, I started the “God’s Eye”.
Anyone remember making God’s Eyes in school?
Continuing until I finished one side and then I made the other side.
Then I started to fit the spines into the God’s Eye.