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Making baskets in fourth grade is a lot of preparation, but its worth
the enjoyable one months time for them to create and to take home as final
project that is memorable. I ordered 11 small wicker bundles from Saxs for a
total fourth grade class of 100, for them to weave. Last year I cold dyed the
wicker into various colors. The colors faded because they had to soak them in
water before using them to weave into their large wicker spokes. This year I
used Ritz fabric dye with 1/2 cup of salt to each hot water dye on the small
wicker. The results were spectacular, the colors held to the wicker without
fading. Southerners like myself, have to let the wicker dry out in a
ventilated area after dying, because of mold. I let mine dry out in the sun.
The cold dye wicker last year didn't have this problem with mold, because of
the chemicals in the dye.