Frequently Asked Questions
What are these baskets used for?
You can use these baskets for anything you'd use a normal basket for made out of any other material. Holding your keys and change in your entryway, lining with a towel and putting your bread in there at dinnertime, or my favorite using it to hold fruit are just some of the things you can do with them. Just don't use them for anything really heavy or for water....because those will not hold.
Can I wash my basket if it gets dirty?
That's the beauty of these baskets. They're cotton!! You can spot treat heavy stains and either hand wash it or machine wash your items on a cold gentle cycle with a mild detergent inside a garment bag or pillow case. Once the wash cycle is complete, reshape your item as necessary, and lie flat to dry (this may take 1 to 2 days because of the thickness of the rope).
For coasters if you wash them in the washer, you may need to press it flat with an iron or dry under a book/heavy object to ensure that they stay flat. The rope when sewn flat has a tendency to curl after it's been washed in the washer.
No matter how dirty it may get, do not bleach it! It will ruin all of my hard work and eat away at the cotton rope. I want you to have your product for a long time. So treat each piece gently!
You can protect your rope products by spraying it with a water proofing product like Scotchgard.
How long will my basket last?
Your basket will last as long as you want it to. As long as you don't rip out the stitches, your basket will look the same years from now as it does the day you brought it into your home. The only difference is that the rope will get a little softer, just like an old pair of jeans does with time. But the basket will still retain its shape.
Do you ever do custom work?
I love doing custom designed work for customers! If there is something you have in mind that you'd like for me to make for you, just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can discuss your project.
How long does it take to make a basket?
My process has become more streamlined through the years. For the standard baskets and products that are sold in my shop, they take anywhere from 10 - 90 minutes. The items in my portfolio are custom works and are a combination of hand and machine sewing and embellishments. Those take anywhere from 3 hours to the biggest basket I've made which took a week and a half to dye rope to hand sew all of the details.
How did you come up with the name Ten Dots?
I get asked this one a lot. It's actually just the first half of my first and last names. Ten(isha) Dots(try). It just happens to suit my brand perfectly!