While my husband went on a recent business trip, I pulled out my basket making supplies and got to work, it just took me a while to take pictures. Someday, I'd like to make an antler basket, and I've been told I need to make a melon basket to learn the basic techniques that will be needed, so I used some of the reed I dyed in Sisters, OR, and a purchased pattern, to make two little melon baskets. The small one was made with 6" hoops and the larger one with 8" hoops.
Once those were finished, I decided to begin work on a gathering basket pattern that was in my "to do" pile, along with the special base and handle. This is the most beautiful basket I've ever made! The only thing that bothers me is that it's too light and white looking, so I've ordered some Weaver's Stain and am thinking of staining it, after testing on scrap reed. Yes, it was time consuming, but I love it!!!