May Your Life Be Like A Basket...Useful...Bountiful...Beautiful...

Basketmaster's Weavings is about my passions, much of which revolves around basket weaving. I weave with reed and I love teaching others to weave. Many of the patterns and styles that I show in the blog are geared to the beginning weaver, or even the brand new weaver. If you have been thinking about wanting to learn to weave, then this blog is for you. Throughout the blog and videos I take you step by step through each and every process of weaving. I want you to be successful in weaving the very first time you try. For the intermediate and advanced weaver, my wish is that you take ideas that I show, mix them up a bit, and incorporate them into your own beautiful creations.

Happy Weaving and Baskets of Blessings to all my visitors,

Nancy

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tip Technique Tuesday--Making Your Own Space Dyed Reed

I tried hard to get a good photo above, but the reed is dyed in pink, red, and then has some natural in it.

In a previous post, I explained how to dye reed HERE. This is where you start to get color on your reed. Please read that post first.

To get the variegated color, cut open your coil of reed and loosen it a bit, but still keep it in its coiled state.

Once your dye bath is ready for the reed, take your coil of reed and bend it slightly to get just a portion of it into the pot. Do this to where you are just inserting about 1/4 of it in the dye. The dye will crawl up the reed to cover about 1/3 of the coil. When it is the desired color, remove the reed and repeat the procedure with your second and third colors. I've tried this several times and have never been able to dye with 4 colors, although you can purchase it with 4 colors, I've just not been able to achieve this myself because I find the color wants to soak up into the reed dying more of it than I originally would like it to. (make sense?) Probably I get to impatient and I'm putting more reed in the dye bath than I should.

Always start with your lightest color first moving to the darkest. It really is a fun way to experiment with dying reed even though it is more work.

Have you ever tried to create variegated space dyed reed?
Baskets of Blessings,
Nancy

3 comments:

Peggy said...

I don't think I will ever do basket weaving, but I just enjoy seeing and reading your directions. I have been an avid crocheter in the past and I love to read patterns. Weird I guess.
QMM

Barkley's Mommy said...

Cool technique! I'm excited about dying my own reed... Once I figure out how to dye outside in the back yard!

~~~Anne

Tea said...

Makes perfect sense! I'm going to have to try dying reed this way.
Can't wait to try it.
Thanks, Nancy!


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