This is my old kitchen utensil basket. Since this picture was taken I have since cut it off it's wooden base. It received so much use that it finally got holes poked in the reed from the utensil handles! The cross stitch design and the lashing on the rim are made from space dyed reed.
Remember, baskets can last many, many years with care, but when you use one as roughly as I used this, there are times to say good-bye to them. If you have a wooden base such as on this basket, or a wooden handle, cut the reed off the base or the handle and many times the wooden parts can be used again. It is those wooden parts that are expensive and they can be used on another basket.
Baskets of Blessings,