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Thursday, October 17
 

9:00am

Willow Sphere
Come and make a willow ball or sphere for the garden! They are very popular and they add great beauty and interest in the garden. The instructor will be providing a pre-woven willow base, into which participants will insert the upright stakes which will then be connected to make the overall framework of the ball. The rest of the ball is woven in random weave using prepared willow rods. The average size of the ball is 15 inches in diameter but can be made larger. There will be a discussion of making balls of various sizes. This is a fun class and allows for individual variations! The majority of the sphere will be made in class and extra willow will be given to finish at home.

Instructors
avatar for Bonnie Gale

Bonnie Gale

Bonnie Gale has been a professional traditional willow basketmaker and willow artist for the past 35 years. Her baskets are part of the collections at Plimoth Plantation and Mount Vernon Estate. In 1999, she was awarded an Artist's Fellowship from NYFA and in 2012, she was selected... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 12:00pm
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  • Workshop Duration 3 HR

9:00am

Folded Pine Bark Basketry
"In this workshop you will learn the ancient art of making folded baskets out of white pine bark. From actually peeling the bark from a log to sewing the container, this is a hands-on workshop where you will really get to know the material. Each participant will choose a piece of bark from those we have peeled and learn how to make a pattern to fold this flexible square piece of bark into a vessel. Different sewing materials, including twine, hemp, and basswood fiber, will be used to sew the vessel and attach a rim. Each person’s project will turn out to be completely unique. Everyone will leave with a completed basket, handouts on everything covered during the workshop and a new appreciation for the beautiful and abundant white pine tree.
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Instructors
avatar for Katie Grove

Katie Grove

Going out onto the land, harvesting materials from nature, and weaving a basket is Katie Grove’s idea of a perfect day. She is a professional artist and educator whose passion is to guide people in connecting to their creativity through the combination of art and nature. In her... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

9:00am

Ribbed and Ready to Go
Fill this basket with your latest knitting or spinning project and you are ready to go.  Students will learn the techniques for weaving a ribbed basket.  Begin your basket by creating a 4 point lashing or "Gods Eye" with 2-10" oak hoops and rattan. Ribs will then be cut and carved to create the basket's shape. The ribs will then be inserted and woven first with rattan and then with seagrass.  Packing and short rows will also be taught.

Instructors
avatar for Wendy Jensen

Wendy Jensen

Wendy G. Jensen Baskets
Wendy Jensen has been an award winning professional basketmaker living in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts for 25 years. She exhibits her work at juried craft shows and galleries nationally. She also teaches basketmaking at many craft schools, museums, and private facilities... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

1:00pm

Willow Wreath Making
"Most wreaths start with a provided core made of straw or other materials but not in this workshop where students will make their own woven willow core with large fresh willow rods.A started core will be provided to each student. Once this core is finished, then weaving will progress alternatively clockwise and anticlockwise, so creating natural pockets in the weaving for embellishments. No glue is therefore necessary for attaching embellishments. Hence, this is a fully recyclable wreath and can be used year round for any occasion. A variety of embellishments in the Fall flavor will be available for class participants.
This is a full size wreath and can be made in any shape: round, oval of square.
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Instructors
avatar for Bonnie Gale

Bonnie Gale

Bonnie Gale has been a professional traditional willow basketmaker and willow artist for the past 35 years. Her baskets are part of the collections at Plimoth Plantation and Mount Vernon Estate. In 1999, she was awarded an Artist's Fellowship from NYFA and in 2012, she was selected... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR
 
Friday, October 18
 

9:00am

Carry-All
This will be your go-to basket whether you're heading to spinning, knitting, weaving or the library! Students will lay up a "filled" base and then work "start and stop" weaving rows while working on shaping straight sides. Rim fitting, handles, scarfing and double lashing will be taught.  Basket dimensions: 13"L x 5" W x 10"H

Instructors
avatar for Wendy Jensen

Wendy Jensen

Wendy G. Jensen Baskets
Wendy Jensen has been an award winning professional basketmaker living in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts for 25 years. She exhibits her work at juried craft shows and galleries nationally. She also teaches basketmaking at many craft schools, museums, and private facilities... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

9:00am

Random Weave Vine Basket
In this workshop participants will make a wild and fun market basket using locally harvested grapevine, bittersweet and more. You will learn a hoop frame construction and the technique of random weave to create a basket that reflects a love and appreciation of nature and handmade objects. The basic form of this project is for a carrying basket, perfect for use at the farmer's market or at home, but it can be adapted to make a decorative orb if you prefer. All the secrets of harvesting, preparation, and storage of vines will be covered and participants will go home with a basket they made with their own hands as well as instructions and inspiration to create many more.

Instructors
avatar for Katie Grove

Katie Grove

Going out onto the land, harvesting materials from nature, and weaving a basket is Katie Grove’s idea of a perfect day. She is a professional artist and educator whose passion is to guide people in connecting to their creativity through the combination of art and nature. In her... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR
 
Saturday, October 19
 

10:00am

A Tisket, A Tasket, What A Perfect Fiber Basket!
Love going to sheep and wool festivals or to farmers' markets? This is just the basket you need to carry all your purchases.  Afterwards, measuring approximately 17” L x 10” W x 12” H (including the handle), it will be a great place to store or tote your yarn or your current fiber project.  Participants will be taught how to lay out the base, to weave up the sides incorporating a variety of sizes and types of reed and to rim/lash their baskets.

Instructors
avatar for MaryAnn Williams

MaryAnn Williams

I made my first basket late one afternoon in 1988 after a very challenging day as an elementary teacher…it was a disaster! However I found this craft engaging and my over thirty year relationship with basket making began. I have increased my skills and my love for baskets by consistently... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 10:00am - 5:00pm
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR

10:00am

Backyard Basketry: Coiling with Grasses, Cattails, and More
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Have you ever looked around outside and wondered what you could make with the abundance of natural materials growing in your yard? In this workshop you will learn how to take grasses, cattails, daylily leaves, and so many other natural materials and create coiled baskets. Coiling is an ancient and versatile basketry technique used all over the world to create beautiful vessels that can be either decorative or functional. During the workshop we will discuss how to identify, harvest, and prepare a variety of local materials and then use them to create a unique basket. Cattails, grasses, ornamental foliage, daylily leaves and several other locally harvested plants will be provided for students to make their basket. Everyone’s basket will turn out to be a unique work of art. If you are excited about using found natural materials to create art and learning a fun and unique new skill, then join us! Everyone will leave with a basket, the skills to create more pieces in the future, and inspiration to explore your local landscape.
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Instructors
avatar for Katie Grove

Katie Grove

Going out onto the land, harvesting materials from nature, and weaving a basket is Katie Grove’s idea of a perfect day. She is a professional artist and educator whose passion is to guide people in connecting to their creativity through the combination of art and nature. In her... Read More →


Saturday October 19, 2019 10:00am - 5:00pm
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  • Workshop Duration 6 HR
 
Sunday, October 20
 

10:00am

Workshop Wall Basket - 4 hr
This multipurpose basket is a great introductory basketmaking project!  Whatever your workshop or work area looks like, this basket that can be hung on a wall or can sit on a table is sure to be a welcome addition.   Measuring 6.5”l x 2.75”w x 4.5”h, it is just what you need to hold your tools or contain some of that paper clutter so much a part of being creative.  Participants will have an opportunity to complete a basket with a filled base, one woven with a continuous weave, and finished off with a flexible leather handle.    

Instructors
avatar for MaryAnn Williams

MaryAnn Williams

I made my first basket late one afternoon in 1988 after a very challenging day as an elementary teacher…it was a disaster! However I found this craft engaging and my over thirty year relationship with basket making began. I have increased my skills and my love for baskets by consistently... Read More →


Sunday October 20, 2019 10:00am - 2:00pm
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  • Workshop Duration 4 HR