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dying basketry materials

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joym (joym)
Sat, 5 Jun 1999 17:43:47 -0400

Hi everyone. I've been skimming the recent issues & noticed this thread.
Thought I'd add a note or two. I know of many basketmakers who use Rite to
dye their reed however, for a long lasting color I never recommend it. It
does & will fade within a year or two, until the true color is only
noticable on the inside of the basket. Dyes formulated for fabric are not
the same as dyes formulated for plant fibers (all reed, grasses & wood
used in making baskets). There is a brand known as Basket Tree put out by
Crooked River Crafts, Inc. in LaFarge, WI that is excellent. There is also
the Cushing Co. in Portland, Maine who will send you dye charts for
basketry dye &/or one for their fabric dye lines. Processing time is quick:
I generally only leave the reed in simmering water for 5 minutes, then
rinse in cold water. I've never had any dye run, but take the extra step of
wiping the strands with a paper towel after the cold water rinse. All reed
should be dried thoroughly, & never stored in plastic, to avoid mildew.
Slight mildew problems can be eliminated by a quick wipe with bleech. Then
rinse & dry. I missed what age group you're using this with, but would be
happy to answer any questions. Just the dying process can be a fun
adventure into color!

Joy Moody, Art Therapist/Basketmaker
Handwoven baskets for the discriminating buyer.