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Sculptural Twining Weekend Basketry Workshop

Fall 2018 in the Hudson Valley, New York State

These Are Baskets By A Couple Who Were Taking The Workshop Together!
These Are Baskets By A Couple Who Were Taking The Workshop Together!
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Photo Jun 11, 1 45 09 PM
Twining With Alternative Materials
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Close Up Of Twined Basket With Natural Accent
Harvesting A Tulip Poplar
An Open Tray With A Braided Rim
This One Was Made As An Easter Basket For The Student's Daughter
A Beautifully Creative Piece With A Found Object Base And Black Walnut Bark
Making Miniature Baskets
Wild And Fun!
Kudzu, Honeysuckle, And Cattail With Basswood Cordage Lashing
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Tiny Basket In The Grass
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These Are Baskets By A Couple Who Were Taking The Workshop Together!Photo Jun 11, 1 46 00 PMPhoto Jun 11, 1 45 09 PMSculptural Twining DSC0047 MinTwined Basket 8Harvesting A Tulip PoplarAn Open Tray With A Braided RimThis One Was Made As An Easter Basket For The Student's DaughterA Beautifully Creative Piece With A Found Object Base And Black Walnut BarkMini Twined BasketsWild And Fun!Kudzu, Honeysuckle, And Cattail With Basswood Cordage LashingIMG 7724Tiny BasketIMG 0801

A weekend of wild basketry using all locally harvested plant materials

Saturday and Sunday November 17th and 18th 2018


In this workshop participants will use twining, one of the most classic and versatile basketry techniques, to create unique sculptural vessels. Multiple styles of twining will be covered as well as basic weaving techniques of regular weave and twill. While the focus of the workshop will be on how to use local plant materials, participants are encouraged to bring their own materials to experiment with and incorporate into their baskets. Wire, fabric, wool, yarn, plastics; anything long and flexible is fair game! Students will have the opportunity to either work on one larger basket or several small ones. 

Great for both beginners and experienced basket makers alike as well as artists and creative individuals who love using natural materials and want to expand their skill set.

This weekend intensive is perfect for those who are traveling further to attend and want to get a great taste of the world of basketry in a weekend.

Details, dates, info about the weekend are below. If you want to sign up for the waiting list either email me or you can click the green button below. It’s still early so is entirely likely a space will open up.

Thanks and I can’t wait to make baskets together!



Old Kings Highway, Stone Ridge NY 12484 


Saturday November 17th, 10:00 – 5:00

Sunday November 18th, 10:00 – 5:00

With an hour break for lunch, which will be provided.


$365 for the weekend


  • All locally harvested and hand prepared plant materials to make either one large basket or several smaller ones.
  • A delicious lunch on Saturday and Sunday
  • Handouts on all the techniques covered


If you are traveling to the workshop there are many lovely places to spend the night locally. Here are a few links to the ones I am somewhat familiar with and a google search will find you more. Nearby Kingston and New Paltz also have motels and hotels.


Here is a link to air bnbs in the area 

Bed and Breakfasts:

The 1850s House

The Arbor BNB


Creekview Campsites

Weaving the Basket

Twining, Twill and More

Twining is technique in which two weavers are twined around splints to create a tightly woven and solid basket. Used by people all over the world, twining is a technique that can be adapted to use with many different long flexible materials. In this class we will use locally harvested cattails, basswood fiber, dogbane, and other materials for weavers and inner tree bark from a variety of tree species for the stakes. Throughout the weekend we will cover how to find, harvest, and process the multitude of natural materials that we utilize in the baskets for those who are excited to get out in the field and collect materials for your own baskets at home. You will also go home with handouts on the techniques covered.

While this class is called ‘sculptural twining’ it is also great for those who want to make a more traditional basket right alongside those who want to explore, experiment, and make more sculptural vessels. No matter what each person’s basket will turn out unique, natural, and beautiful.

Sample Lunch Menu

Lunch will be provided on both days. I strive to make delicious, healthy meals that will be accommodating to a variety of dietary needs. Upon sign up you can share any dietary needs and allergies. The menus varies, but a sample from one day of a summer workshop is listed below.

Summer Corn Soup with Cashew Cream

Quinoa Tabouleh Salad with Feta on the side

Coconut Mango Rice with Cilantro

Chicken Salad 

Farm Greens  Salad with Fennel and Apple

Assorted Cheese, olives and pickles with Crackers

Gooseberry Seltzer Aqua Fresca

Cookies, chips and snacks

What does a day of basketry look like?

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. 

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