I was asked why I paint the crochet thread first. This is why:
First of all it makes the thread stiffer and easier to work with. The thread stays where you put it, it won't loosen after you have pulled it tight.
Second, if you paint the basket after you have woven you will lose all of the wonderful definition of the weaving you have just worked so hard at.
We want to thank Teresa for the inspiration for this tutorial!
Information: the cloth coated wire I spoke about is from wwwcreateforless.com
Fibre-Craft Stem Wire, 26 gauge, white 18" long, 24 pieces in a package, (you will have to buy 6 packages, they have a "multiples" thing) Item number for this is" #49034723
I buy my waxed linen from www.royalwoodltd.com They have a color card and you get a wholesale price if you purchase $50.00 or more, that's about 5 or 6 spools of linen.
I am working on the fly swatter today and hope to have it up by tonight. Got to go brush the donkeys!