Monday, April 25, 2011
Baskets and suppliers
Cindie asked if most of the baskets I've been making are from kits, and the answer is no. I have made some from kits, and have a few more kits to make when I'm ready, but most of the time I make baskets from patterns that I buy individually, or from books. Some basket designs use reed or other parts that are more difficult to find, or that I might not want to order separately, so those I tend to buy kits for, if they are available. Kits are also nice to take along when planning to work somewhere other than home, because I can just pack the package and go, instead of needing to sort through my supplies and try to bring only what I really need, and also because I won't forget something important because I didn't see it on the list.
I try to link the name of the pattern, supply, or books I have used to a place that carries it online, so that you would be able to find it, and Blogger changes the color of the words to blue, so that you can tell that it's a link (I know that I could just change the color of my words, but I don't usually do that, so that you would be able to see linked words from my writing).
The Williamsburg Onion Basket pattern in my last post was purchased at SandyAtkinson.com, but I have also found patterns, supplies, and kits from BasketWeavingSupplies.com, BasketPatterns.com, Royalwood, The Country Seat and Noresta, as well as a few other places, including Weaving Works, which is close enough that I can drive over and shop, although they don't have as many supplies as the online basket supply stores. Noresta has the most colors of reed that I have seen!