BrightExpectations

Hand Woven Traditional Reed Baskets, Patterns, and Kits

631 Sales

BrightExpectations

Hand Woven Traditional Reed Baskets, Patterns, and Kits

631 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(140)

Announcement   Bright Expectations Baskets specializes in handmade baskets woven with traditional reed. Table baskets, storage baskets, of baskets, laundry baskets, wall baskets, serving baskets, pie baskets... baskets of every type, color, and size. Baskets have a never ending list of possibilities for their design and their purpose. Enjoy browsing the "Ready-to-Ship" shop section for quick delivery options or the "Custom Basket" sections for ideas and additional choices. I love custom designing baskets for your particular needs. Contact me with your requirements - size, use, and/or color. I'll be happy to work with you.

Basket weaving patterns and kits have recently been added to my shop in their own section. Patterns and kits are based on my own original designs and concepts. More patterns are in the works, so please check back often.

Announcement
Last updated on Apr 3, 2016

Bright Expectations Baskets specializes in handmade baskets woven with traditional reed. Table baskets, storage baskets, of baskets, laundry baskets, wall baskets, serving baskets, pie baskets... baskets of every type, color, and size. Baskets have a never ending list of possibilities for their design and their purpose. Enjoy browsing the "Ready-to-Ship" shop section for quick delivery options or the "Custom Basket" sections for ideas and additional choices. I love custom designing baskets for your particular needs. Contact me with your requirements - size, use, and/or color. I'll be happy to work with you.

Basket weaving patterns and kits have recently been added to my shop in their own section. Patterns and kits are based on my own original designs and concepts. More patterns are in the works, so please check back often.

Becky Bechtel

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Becky Bechtel

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(140)
thresholds

thresholds on Aug 24, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I wish I had more than 5 stars. This basket is absolutely beautiful! Such amazing quality. Even better than I expected. I cannot wait to give it to my friend as a present.

Jeannemarie Munoz

Jeannemarie Munoz on Aug 24, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

The perfect basket for dog toys! We recently remodeled our home, so I'm trying to keep my rooms looking fresh and organized. This beautiful basket woven by Becky is just the ticket! It hides the dog toys yet looks beautiful in our beach house. I was really happy our puppy is past the chewing stage, as I would have been devastated to see him destroy this gorgeous basket. As a bonus, Becky refunded part of my shipping cost as my home is not too far from her shop. Thank you, Becky, for a gorgeous piece of craftsmanship!

cynthiawyoung

cynthiawyoung on Aug 7, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This basket is exquisitely crafted. It's a lovely piece and is the perfect way to make extra towels easily accessible in our guest room's bath.

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About

For the love of baskets...

I love to create baskets. I love the challenge of figuring out a new basket design or pattern. I love working with a buyer on a custom order. I love weaving with some awesome friends. I love looking at baskets. I love using baskets. Well, I guess I just love baskets, lol!

Some great friends (my fellow "BasketCases") and I took a class at a local museum and we were hooked from that day forward. We call weaving our "therapy" and use that time to catch up with each other's lives and families. It's always nice to have someone to help you work through a difficult design (and keep you from making it fire kindling) and another weaver's perspective gives you inspiration.

I have always loved learning a new craft or hobby - and just ask my husband, I have a LOT of them. But weaving baskets is by far my favorite. There is something about looking at a roll of reed and having a vision of the end product that is exciting.

I am always looking for new ideas and don't often follow an exact pattern. Some days I just grab some reed and free form the design as each row progresses.

My friends and I sell our baskets at arts and craft fairs. For me to decide to sell my baskets on Etsy has been a challenge and I have a lot to learn about the whole process. When you pick up a basket, you can feel the quality and see the detail and work that goes into each completely handmade piece. It is difficult to convey that in a picture and words but I am giving it my best shot.

I wish that each one of you could drop by the weaving studio, have a cup of coffee, browse through the inventory of baskets, and just chat with me and the girls. If that's not possible, then please enjoy looking at my listings and always feel free to send me a message.

May you have a blessed day filled with "Bright Expectations!

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  • Becky Bechtel

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    Designing and creating baskets is a passion for me. I love weaving a basket to either serve a purpose or a specific function, to fit a designated space, or as an artistic piece of decor. There is beauty in the most simple or complex basket.

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Find BrightExpectations at the following upcoming market!

  • 17th Annual Illinois Wine & Art Festival

    Southern Illinois Art And Artisans Center, 14967 Gun Creek Trl

    Whittington, IL

    Sep 24–25

    The Illinois Wine & Art Festival has been a favorite weekend for wine, art, and music enthusiasts for 16 years. Held near beautiful Rend Lake located in southern Illinois near the town of Whittington. The area is rich in talented artisans and home to many wonderful wineries. The Illinois Wine & Art Festival is a showcase weekend for thousands of people to sample wines from each vineyard and to shop the many vendors displaying their various arts. Many artisans will be demonstrating their talents. There will be many, many wonderful wineries providing tasting samples, as many as 100 artisan vendors with a wide variety of fine crafts, several local eateries offering delicious food, and live music performed on stage for your listening and dancing pleasure.

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Last updated on Mar 28, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Do you accept custom order requests?

I welcome custom basket requests! Just message me your specifics and I'll be happy to work with you to weave just the basket you are looking for. I'll need dimensions, color, and pattern/design changes if they differ from one of my listings. Or just send me a photo of one you have found and I'll try to duplicate it.

Digital Downloads of Basket Weaving Patterns Terms of Use:

By purchasing or downloading a pattern from Bright Expectations, you are purchasing a license to use the pattern for PERSONAL use and agree to the following terms: All digital images and/or sample images contained within are Copyright © Becky Bechtel / Bright Expectations LLC, and all rights reserved. Each pattern is for your personal use only and is not to be redistributed in any way, used for commercial purposes, or claimed as your own.

For what you can and cannot do with a purchased pattern from Bright Expectations, please reference additional pertinent information contained in the listing.

How will my basket be shipped?

Shipping is normally provided by USPS Parcel Select. Depending on your location and/or the size of the basket, Priority Mail may be available at no extra cost and I will compare on each shipment. Priority or Express Mail are always available at an additional fee, if you choose. Each buyer will be provided a delivery tracking number once the item ships. If you would like "signature required", please let me know and I will add. Larger items may be shipped by UPS or FedEx. For shipment outside the continental U.S., please contact me for estimated pricing.