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 can be adapted to use with many different long flexible materials. In this class we will use locally harvested cattails, akebia and honeysuckle vine, 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 discuss 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.
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.