the dog daze of DYE-ing

Basketry | Jill Choate Basketry

It's been a SWELTERING couple of weeks of 100 degree weather in North Idaho. In this weather all we really want to do is head to Lake Pend O'Reille -  jump in and beat the heat.

It is however PERFECT dyeing weather and so we soldier on.  Those hot temps keep the dye pots at a fabulous low simmer all day making the dye permeate the reed even deeper than usual. The result is some fantastic, supple, colored reed when dyed in small batches.

Small batches of fabulous color is what we do - AND - we only do it in the summer.  Which means it won't be long before the dye shed is closed for the season (hint, hint, double-clue).

Our SANTA FE SUNRISE reed has been WILDLY popular!   Patti Shelly-Lohman has used it in a couple of her basket projects.  The results are simply stunning.

Basketry | Jill Choate Basketry


If you've been working up projects using our dyed reed we'd LOVE to see them and feature them on the blog.  Send us an email with the photo attached to

Like our friend the FRIS-REED pup (above) you'll want to CATCH some reed and stock up your stash of dyed reed before the seasons is gone.

We'll keep the dye pots going for as long as we can.  Keep an eye out for some new space dyed color combos - coming soon!




Jill Choate
Jill Choate


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