2017 Workshop Calendar

Basketry, Plant Dyes, and Nature Inspired Arts

To schedule a private workshop or a workshop at your venue please visit this page to learn more and contact me.

Saturday June 17th 2017  – Coiling with Cattails, Grasses, and Iris  – The Bark Eater Inn, Keene Valley NY.

Saturday September 23rd 2017  – Weave a Basket with Fabric and Vines  – Hurleyville Makers Lab, Hurleyville, NY.

Sunday September 30th 2017  – Fiber Lover’s Basket: Weaving with Fabric and Vines  – Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival, Tunbridge VT.

Saturday October 14th – Coiled Pine Needles Baskets– Drop Forge and Tool, Hudson NY.

Thursday October 19th – Backyard Basketry: Coiling with Grasses, Cattails, and Iris – NYS Sheep and Wool Festival, Rhinebeck NY.

Friday October 20th – Wild Basketry: Twining and Twill with Bark, Vines, and Cattails – NYS Sheep and Wool Festival, Rhinebeck NY.

Saturday October 21st – Colors of Autumn: Local Plant Dyes on Silk and Wool – NYS Sheep and Wool Festival, Rhinebeck NY.

November 18th – Folded White Pine Bark Containers – White Barn Farm Sheep and Wool, New Paltz, NY.

May – December 2017 – Wild Basketry Mentorship Series – Various locations, Rosendale NY ( FULL )

Coiling with Cattails, Iris Leaves, and Leaves

Saturday June 17th 2017 / 11am – 5pm

The Bark Eater Inn – 124 Alstead Hill Lane, Keene, NY 12942

Have you ever looked outside and wondered what you could make with the abundance of natural materials growing in your own yard? In this workshop you will learn how to take grasses, cattails, daylily leaves, and many other natural materials and create coiled baskets. Coiling is an ancient and versatile basketry technique in which a wrapping strand is sewn around coils of material to build a form. It is 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 all while coiling baskets using a variety of stitches. 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 medium sized basket  (approx.  8”  x  8”  x  5”),  the  skills  to  create  more  pieces  in  the  future,  and  inspiration  to   explore your local natural landscape.

$70.00 (Cost includes all materials. Cash or check only.)
Please reserve a space by contacting Meghan at 845-233-8538 or barkeaterinn@gmail.com

Popcorn and Herbal Iced Tea will be provided but feel free to bring other snacks.

 

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Weave a Basket with Fabric, Wool, and Vines

Saturday September 24th, 2017

Hurleyville Makers Lab, Hurleyville NY.

11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Please visit the Hurleyville Makers Lab website for more details and to register.

This basket is a fiber lover’s dream! You will make a traditional Appalachian style egg basket with a twist– fabric and yarn will be incorporated amongst natural vines to create a fun and colorful look.

We will start with a grapevine frame with 3-point lashing and then use random weave techniques to give the basket a soft but sturdy construction. I will share techniques for creating well-woven random weave while also maintaining a balanced look. There is a lot of room for your individuality to shine in this basket and I encourage you to bring fabrics and yarn that you love to incorporate into the basket.

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Fiber Lover's Basket: Weaving with Fabric and Vines

Saturday September 30th, 2017

Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival, Tunbridge VT.

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Please visit the Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival website for more details and to register.

This basket is a fiber lover’s dream! You will make a traditional Appalachian style egg basket with a twist– fabric and yarn will be incorporated amongst natural vines to create a fun and colorful look.

We will start with a grapevine frame with 3-point lashing and then use random weave techniques to give the basket a soft but sturdy construction. I will share techniques for creating well-woven random weave while also maintaining a balanced look. There is a lot of room for your individuality to shine in this basket and I encourage you to bring fabrics and yarn that you love to incorporate into the basket.

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Coiled Pine Needle Basketry

Saturday October 14th, 2017

Drop Forge and Tool, Hudson, NY.

Check back for registration information or email the folks at Drop Forge and Tool to reserve a spot.

In this workshop participants will work with longleaf pine needles to coil a beautiful and refined basket. Coiling is an ancient technique in which bundles of material are sewn together in a spiral pattern using a wrapping strand to build the basket. In this basket, using a wooden round as the basket center you will begin with a line stitch and soon progress to learn a variety of other stitches, including V stick, wheat stitch, and core wrapping. Depending on the colors of embroidery floss you choose the overall pattern and look of your basket will be totally unique. This workshop is great for either beginners or those who have coiled with other materials and want to learn stitch patterns and advance their skills.

 

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Backyard Basketry: Coiling with Cattails, Iris Leaves, and Daylilies

Thursday October 19th 2017

NYS Sheep and Wool Festival, Rhinebeck, NY.

Please visit the NYS Sheep and Wool website for more details and to register.

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. If you are excited about using found natural materials to create art and learning a fun and unique new skill, then join us!

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Wild Basketry: Twining and Twill with Bark, Vines, and Cattails

Friday October 20th 2017

NYS Sheep and Wool Festival, Rhinebeck, NY.

Please visit the NYS Sheep and Wool website for more details and to register.

In this extended weekend workshop participants will learn the ins and outs of working with wild harvested bark splints, vines, and other natural materials to make a sampler basket using a variety of techniques. Starting with a grid base we will cover basic bark weaves for the main structure of the basket. Twining, decorative wrapping techniques, and cordage will also be introduced, giving students an opportunity to add unique embellishments to their baskets. In addition to learning the various weaves, students will get hands on experience splitting and prepping some bark. During the workshop we will discuss how to identify, harvest, and prepare a variety of local natural materials, including tree for bark. If you are excited to use locally harvested materials for basketry while creating a beautiful and useful basket then join us! You will go home with a completed basket, information on the topics covered, and inspiration to keep weaving

 

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Colors of Autumn: Local Plant Dyes on Wool and Silk

Saturday October 21st 2017

NYS Sheep and Wool Festival, Rhinebeck, NY.

Please visit the NYS Sheep and Wool website for more details and to register.

We are surrounded with countless plants and materials that are ready to provide a rainbow of color if you know where to look… in this workshop we will explore several local seasonally abundant plant dyes, including mugwort, nettle, sumac, and some other surprises! A pre-made indigo dye bath will also be available to experiement with. You will learn all the basics of natural dyes, including creating the dye bath, mordanting, fiber preparation, recipes, and color modifiers.

Each person will receive two silk scarves to dye during the workshop and will receive samples of all the dye colors on silk and wool. (Additional scarves and wool to dye will be available for purchase) You’ll also leave with a packet detailing the process and the inspiration to explore your local landscape and create beautiful, rich, and abundant dyes!

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Wild Basketry 2017 Mentorship - An 8-Month Natural Basketry Series

12 Sundays, May – December 2017

Various Locations, Rosendale NY

Please visit this page for more details and to register.

Are you inspired to develop a deep connection to the art of basketry and the abundant plant materials in our natural landscape? Do you want to learn how to go out into the forests and fields, identify and gather materials, and weave baskets? In 2017 I will be launching a yearly Wild Basketry mentorship program and am looking for inspired individuals to participate and help shape the course for years to come.

Community of Baskets

A Selection of Past Workshops

Introduction to Willow Basketry

Saturday October 15th, 2016

NYS Sheep and Wool Festival, Rhinebeck, NY

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Please visit the Sheep and Wool Festival website for more details and to register. (registration will be opening soon)

In this workshop you will learn how to use willow to weave strong and beautiful baskets.

Using the techniques of two-strand twining and basic randing each participant will create a unique basic shaped basket that can be used for a multitude of purposes. Throughout the day we will cover how to identify, sustainably harvest, and prepare willow for weaving as well as how to propagate patches for continual use. Willow is a versatile and easy to use material that has been used by many cultures to create vessels for centuries. Join us for a day of laugher, community, and learning as we integrate this ancient knowledge into our lives.

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Wild Basketry: Twining with Cattails and Daylilies at White Barn Farm

Sunday June 5th 2016

White Barn Farm Sheep and Wool Shop, New Paltz NY

10:00 am – 4:30 pm

$75 + $15 materials fee

Please visit the White Barn Farm Website for more details and to register.

Have you ever looked 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 natural materials, and a variety of fun fiber embellishments to create beautiful treasure baskets. We will be using locally harvested cattails and iris leaves over a base of tulip tree bark to create the basket using regular and triple twining. You will also have the opportunity to incorporate roving and yarn to add unique color and design to your piece. During the workshop we will discuss how to identify, harvest, and prepare a variety of local natural materials. 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 natural landscape.

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Coiling with Cattails, Iris, and Daylily Leaves at The Millworks

Sunday May 15th

The Millworks, Harrisburg PA

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

$85 + $15 materials fee

Please visit the Millworks website for more details and to register.

Have you ever looked 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 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. 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 natural landscape.

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Mothers Day Primitive Basketry - Twining with Cattails at Two Coyotes Wilderness School

Saturday May 7th 2016

Two Coyotes Wilderness School, 201 Huntingtown Road, Newtown, CT

11:00 am – 5:00 pm

$90 including all materials

Please visit Two Coyotes Wilderness School website for more details and to register.

Bring your Mom for a special Mother’s Day memory!  We will join as a village to learn and create a beautiful primitive vessel from natural materials, in a gorgeous setting. We will be using the ancient technique of twining with cattails and day lilies over a tulip tree bark base. We will also make delicious wild tea and enjoy it along with delicious, homemade baked goods over a campfire. Talented artist and educator, Katie Grove, will be teaching the workshop.

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