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10" tall, base dia. 9"

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Sewing
Type Home Decor
Sizing Unisex
Style Hipster, Mod, Classic, Preppy, Casual, Traditional
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What was your source for this sewing project? Improvisational

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What materials did you use? 3 cotton print fabrics, dark teal/black, medium teal/red orange, and wheat. I like to keep darker colors at the top, and finish at the top with a band of all 3 prints combined. I made some millefiori canes in polymer clay to make buttons for this tall teal basket.

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What are you most proud of? In two previous posts Fun Fabric Basket, and Acorn Squash Basket, I mentioned basic instructions for constructing these fabric wrapped cotton clothesline rope baskets, sewn with a zig zag stitches. Today I made my 3rd basket I call Tall Teal Basket. I wanted to expand on the technique for tapering a basket (wide base, narrow top). TIP: as you build the side wall, the base of the basket is tilted as high as it will go. I got maximum taper by adding one more book to the table extension, lifting the basket up higher yet and the basket automatically started to narrow successfully each row. I added some of my handmade polymer clay buttons to each of the 3 baskets I made this week. This button style is called millefiori (million flowers). To see how these are made, check out a great book, The Art of Polymer Clay, Millefiori Techniques, about $15. The book starts with basics and ends with some eye popping illustrations and instructions. It's dah bom.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Hey, did ya get your cotton clothesline rope yet? I'm waiting to see your basket projects. Best wishes.

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Beautiful Baskets!! You always choose the best color combinations too! They are really fun to make, I've even dyed some clothesline with IDye with great results. Always love your projects!

10/25/2013 Flag

Hi Charlotte. That is an incredible idea (to dye clothesline rope) You are a clever, clever gal. Thanks for the thumbs up.

10/25/2013 Flag

Oh my! These are simply wonderful! Super storage containers and so decorative, too. Love these autumn colors! Is that a fabric adhesive in the orange can?

10/31/2013 Flag

Thanks for your lovely words Miss K. Fabric adhesive: I use a scant dab of stick glue on last 1 inch of fabric strip, then place next strip on top (joining strips) and continue to sew. I'm making a bunch of these baskets for an upcoming fall event. I think they'll sell as well as my handbags and polymer clay beaded zipper pulls and buttons.

10/31/2013 Flag

You've done it again. This is blended so nicely with autumn colors. I have had a hard time finding more than 50 feet of clothesline rope. The supermarkets tend to have those as well as Wall-Mart. The basket can only get so big with 50 feet. Any supply suggestions? (Found 200 feet on Amazon. )

11/04/2013 Flag

Hi again 4bird2. I purchase packages of 100 ft. cotton clothesline rope at Farm supply store. I'll check out brand name and get back with you. Price per package is $6.

11/04/2013 Flag

Beautiful basket(s)! I am new to craftsy, but with a baby on the way I wanted some ideas for the nursery. I wanted to reach out to see if you would be interested in making a few custom baskets for me (to go inside a hutch)? We wanted to keep it simple but unique. I wanted to send you a private message, but I am not sure how I can send you a email through craftsy??

11/14/2013 Flag

Hi essler1. Yes, you can send me an email. I have a gmail account. I'm mrs.durrant1 By the way, check out my awesome website to see pics of my sewing studio and restoration of our old Victorian house. www.1893victorianfarmhouse.blogspot.com. I hope to hear from you. Yes, I'd like to make baskets for your nursery. Sounds like you've found another way to use these great baskets for storing baby things. I like the way you think.

11/15/2013 Flag