Tuesday May 1st
Woven Bark Baskets
In this workshop you will learn how to take prepared strips of flexible inner tree bark and make a woven basket. Starting with a grid base you will learn both twining with flexible basswood bark and a basic weaving pattern to complete the sides of your basket. It will be competed with attaching a bark rim. Besides leaving with a completed basket we will also cover information about harvesting and preparing bark.
Tuesday May 8th
Coiled Baskets and Pendants
In this workshop you will be introduced to the wonderful and incredibly versatile technique of coiling with the option of making a small basket or a series of pendants. Depending on which natural materials you choose your pieces will turn out completely unique. Grasses, cattails, pine needles and a variety of other plant materials will be provided. We will also discuss which plants species are good to harvest for this project and how to prepare and store them. Clasps, earring backs, and other jewelry making supplies will be included to make multiple types of pendant should you choose.
Tuesday May 15th
Folded Birch Bark Baskets
Making containers using different kinds of tree bark is an ancient practice. During this workshop we will created folded bark baskets using primarily birch bark. You will learn how to fold and sew the bark and attach a rim to make a beautiful container in a variety of shapes. We will discuss how to design a basket pattern and find and harvest different kinds of bark.
What does it look like to make a basket?
To see some examples of baskets and student experiences from single day workshops check out the blog posts below or visit my current/past workshops page. There is such an amazing array of students that take my classes and I’m always impressed with the creativity and individuality that comes out when a person sits down and allows themselves the time to make something beautiful with their hands.