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Here are some details about my project:
Category Sewing
Type Home Decor
Sizing Unisex
Style Funky, Hipster, Holiday, Casual
Shoestring on craftsy.com

What was your source for this sewing project? Improvisational

Shoestring on craftsy.com

What materials did you use? Blue and Red Batiks, Bubble Gum Beads, and Handmade Polymer Buttons make this 12" Diameter Fiesta Basket.

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What are you most proud of? I braided strands of hemp cord to lasso the circumference of the basket, stitching it in place with tan upholstery thread. The tight lasso firms the side walls (reduces floppy-flex in larger baskets). I decorated the basket with 4 strands of colorful bubble gums beads and handmade polymer clay buttons.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Check out my previous basket projects for instructions how to sew these wonderful baskets. It is a great scrap buster!!!! (Project #122)

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I love the colors of this basket. How do I go about getting some of your cool buttons? Have you tried washing these to see if they hold their shape? I am going to try and wash the ones that I've made and see what happens. It would a huge bonus if they hold up.

11/04/2013 Flag

Wow! I just love this. Such wonderful colors, fabrics, design, everything!!

11/04/2013 Flag

Hello Marie. How are you doing?

11/04/2013 Flag

Hi 4bird2. Yes--definitely you can machine wash and dry polymer clay beads and buttons. BUT NO DRY CLEANING!!!! Regarding high heat of a machine dryer--yes, some slight softening happens but quickly cools and becomes quite stable (hard) again. I say this because, there are some polymer clay techniques that require a re-softening in an oven. Let me tell you about it. A pasta sheet of conditioned polymer clay is wrapped around a metal knitting needle, and is baked in the usual manner, according to package directions--about 275 degrees for 30 minutes. After cooling, the polymer clay wrapped knitting needle is returned to a warm oven at 200 degrees or less for 10 minutes to slightly soften. Taking it out of the oven, I put it on the granite countertop, and slide the needle out of the polymer clay wrap with a bit of twisting and pulling slowly. Then I take a blade and cut 1/4" slices that make great uniform beads. I do the last step without pause--because as the polymer clay cools it becomes hard and more difficult to cut. Now then, regarding washing beads and buttons: washing actually buffs and smooths beads and buttons. Some polymer clay artists use a rock wash tumbler to polish their beads and buttons. I haven't invested in a rock wash tumbler yet. I use very very fine sandpaper to remove any burrs that I may have caused when boring holes with wood skewers (prior to baking). Sanding and tumbling brings smoothness and luster to polymer clay pieces. So--go for it gal--machine wash and dryer your polymer clay button!

11/04/2013 Flag

TIP: DO NOT MACHINE WASH FABRIC-ROPE WRAPPED BASKETS. If necessary, spot cleaning with a semi-damp cloth, even a little hand soap--but you'll have a disaster on your hands if you try to machine wash these baskets. Literally--they will come apart. Simple vacuuming now and then will work great. Treat it like any other grass or wood woven basket and lay down a towel liner, or paper liner if you are going to put buttery anything in it. I wouldn't recommend putting foot in it in the first place. I see these baskets as decorative storage containers or displaying collections of small items.

11/04/2013 Flag

Oh, these are so nice, Shoestring. I'm sure your customers simply can't get enough of them. Are you selling any of these online?

11/04/2013 Flag

Hi 2strings. I'm working projects for a show end of November. My last show was in September; it was wonderful. I'll be teaching baskets, and polymer clay techniques in 2014 at my studio. My new long arm quilting business is growing. All is well, but very busy.

11/05/2013 Flag