A friend of ours just moved into a new house, and we will be going to visit them the first weekend in August and I thought I should make them a nice housewarming present.
I didn't have colored reed that I wanted, so I dyed the reed (and a bunch of t-shirts). For the dyeing, I filled a stock pot about 2/3rds full or water, then added 1 cup of vinegar, 1 cup of salt, and 1 package of RIT navy dye. I brought it up to a simmer and started putting stuff in to dye. It only took about 5 minutes to get a nice rich color into the reed.
Then, I weaved this bread basket. I let it dry and then I stained it using Early American Minwax stain. I am so thrilled with how this turned out that I want to make another one to keep....perhaps another month! I cannot wait to give this to my friends!