They’re finally back in stock and now made in the USA! $14.99
Price includes shipping.
8″ masonite circle for use in crochet and knitting baskets. Smooth but unfinished Masonite, with 48 equidistant holes. These are commercially made (right here in North Carolina!), not homemade. This size/shape is also available in aluminum, and we have some other sizes and shapes in the works so stay tuned!
Video tutorials available on crocheting a basket (these show a different brand of base but I can no longer reliably get them, thus the new ones!) –
and detailing various possible finishes.
When selecting materials with the new manufacturer I was really worried that the Masonite wouldn’t take paint well, but I found two terrific solutions. One is Rustoluem 2X Spray Paint which I have seen in chain craft stores and general merchandise stores too – it was recommended to me by the helpful local hardware store guys. I used two coats just to be sure but it looked fine after one – that’s the beige circle in the far right of the photo below. It has a matte finish – if I wanted super shiny I might consider the aluminum bases instead.
Next I spoke to my friends at Plaid about how they would suggest I paint Masonite. (*Note: while I am a Plaid Ambassador and they often send me product, this is not a sponsored mention – I just like this finish because it worked!)
In the green circle below on the far left, I used one coat of Folk Art Chalk Paint, followed up with one coat of the Folk Art Wax Finish, then buffed by hand. This gave me a sort of satin finish. I think it would wear fine without the wax finish but it would look way more matte, and possibly show some unwanted brush strokes.
A lot of folks use these with t-shirt yarn but anything bulky would work – the possibilities are endless!