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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.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Product Review and an Offer for You

Are you ready to see how I created this?

I did it with this!
And with it, I made these!

Dear Friends,
Remember how I was featured over at FaveCrafts? (See post HERE if you forgot) Well for being part of the FaveCraft family, they sent me a product to test and review. It is the Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye kit.

Now, do you really think I could dye just fabric with it? I feel I would be quite amiss to dye anything other than reed. (If I were reading YOUR blogs, I'd want to know how it preformed on reed.)

So the experimentation on reed begins.
The kit comes with 12 delicious colors. That's great, because my box of mason jars comes 12 to a box as well. That means one color per jar and I won't have to wash out and re-use the jars for additional colors.

I mixed up the first color according to the directions, color plus 4 oz of water (1/2 cup). I dipped the end of some reed in it and it took the color instantly. The directions said that the color could be lightened by adding more water. I decided to go to one cup of water. The reed still took the color almost instantly and with the same intensity as the first dip test. I decided to stick with one cup of water for each package of color.
Into each jar I put the dye, 1 cup water and 1 1/2 oz to 2 oz of reed. (I weighed it just to be sure.) Then I shook up each jar and placed it on its side to help the reed get maximum coverage in the dye bath. I let the reed stay in the dye bath about 1 hour and would turn and shake the jars about every 10 minutes.

Just look how pretty the colors turned out!

Did I tell you I did all this outside on my back patio wearing old clothes? Nancy's Tip: Even under optimum conditions NEVER, I repeat NEVER dye read in the house, or while wearing nice clothing on. The kit comes with rubber gloves as well as a plastic tarp. I used those too while working outside. I do think dying fabric could be less messy because it wouldn't flip and fling little droplets of dye the way reed can.

When the kit came, the colors on the package just shouted, "It's party time!" to me. That said, I decided to design and weave little party baskets to hold candy or small favors.

How about a black and orange basket for Halloween!

One more thing...FaveCrafts has asked me to be a regular guest blogger and contributor on their site. I will be posting monthly as well as offering weaving patterns over there. The first pattern will be these sweet party favor baskets. I'll let you know when the pattern is available.

Oh and still one more thing...FaveCrafts is offering a free eBook from Tulip. You can download it HERE.

And because you are wonderful readers of mine, should you like to purchase the kit, you may go to and enter the code "fave1009" for free shipping at the checkout.  Please note that this offer expires 11/30/09.

For those of you who have been too timid to try dying your own reed, this is a good way to try dying just a small bit at a time. It really was just one-step.

Happy Weaving,



The Wicker Woman said...

Congratulations Nancy on becoming a blogger on another website, it's like you are writing a newspaper column, you know! Cool!

And aren't those dyes colorful and easy to use? How are they for fading, do you know?

Keep up the good work!

The Wicker Woman-Cathryn Peters

Juliana said...

Awesome! I love the colors, they are very vibrant! Do you know I cannot even find RIT dye around here? Good to know there is an alternative out there!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely LOVE your fresh take on tie-dye...I would have never considered it but the result is fabulous!!!

J.R. said...

My goodness! I just finished dying a small amount of reed for accent color on baskets my husband and I intend to weave this weekend. I really could have used this product. Is it on sale yet? Am I able to purchase it at FavCrafts?

Nancy Jacobs Basketmaster said...

Answers to your questions...

Cathryn, It says to keep out of direct sunlight. Even our clothing fades if in direct sunlight for extended periods of time so I'm guessing it will fade the same way.

Juliana, Look for Rit dye at any fabric store, Walmart, Target, K-mart, and the grocery store in the housewares department.

JR, go to
from there you can click on Tulip and then tie-dye to get a selection. Be sure to put in the free shipping code that I mention on my blog.

Have a wonderful evening everyone and thanks for reading my blog!!!

neolasdaughter said...

I love the colors on your tie-dye reed. Your baskets go very well with my socks.

Astrid said...

WOW! Those are darling baskets! Vibrant and brilliant colors!

Grab a cup of coffee and take time to enjoy some posts from the past