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3 in 1 Weekend Basketry Intensive

Summer 2019 in the Hudson Valley, New York State

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Making Miniature Baskets
A Beautiful Tiny Coiled Basket With Plant Dye Yarn
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Basketry Weekend Intensive Class Portrait Standing In Front Of The Basket Tree
The Cattail Marsh
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Harvesting Grasses For Coiling
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An Introduction to Three Basketry Techniques in a Weekend

Saturday and Sunday August 3rd and 4th 2019

What is better than leaving a basketry workshop with a finished basket? Going home with a whole collection of baskets! In this multi-day workshop you will get an introduction to three classic basketry techniques while making miniature or small baskets. Coiling, twining, and folded bark techniques will all be covered in detail and by making multiple small baskets you have a chance to really get to know each technique. 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. To register click the button below.

-Katie

katiegroveart@gmail.com.

LOCATION

Stone Ridge, NY 12484.

This is my home and studio- address will be shared upon registration. Please note that I have two cats who occasionally visit the studio area- if you are allergic let me know and we can discuss. 

DATES 

Saturday August 3rd, 10:00 – 5:00

Sunday August 4th, 10:00 – 5:00

With an hour break for lunch

COST 

$285 for the weekend

INCLUDES 

  • All locally harvested and hand prepared plant materials to make 3-6 small baskets
  • Handouts on all the techniques covered

WHERE TO STAY

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.

AIR BNB:

Here is a link to air bnbs in the area for the weekend of the 21st. 

Bed and Breakfasts:

The 1850s House

The Arbor BNB

Camping:

Creekview Campsites

Making the Baskets: Coiling, Twining, and Folded Bark

Over the course of the weekend you will…

Gain a well rounded understanding of three basic basketry techniques as well as making cordage and several variations within each technique.

Work with a variety of materials, including  cattails, grasses, iris leaves, basswood fiber, white pine bark, red osier dogwood, inner bark of a variety of trees, including ash, tulip poplar, hickory, and more.

Go on at least one land walk to harvest some materials for our baskets that are in season while discussing harvest times and techniques for others. 

Leave with several finished baskets as well as the knowledge and inspiration to continue to create baskets with wild harvested plants

COILING

In our first basket you will be introduced to the wonderful and incredibly versatile technique of coiling. Coiling is an ancient technique in which rows of material are layered and sewn together one row at a time in a spiral to create a basket. In this class we will use split cattails, grasses, iris leaves, and a variety of other seasonally available materials as the core of our baskets. Several open work stitching techniques will be covered, including line stitch, v stitch, and core wrapping to create a variety of patterns over the corse materials. We will also discuss how to harvest and prepare cattails and grasses for coiling.

coiled baskets at mohonk mountain house

TWINING

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 . Both two and three strand twining will be used. This is a great technique for either creating a small sized or several miniature baskets.

making miniature baskets

FOLDED BARK

Making containers using different kinds of tree bark is an ancient practice. During this workshop we will created folded bark baskets using primarily white pine 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 cover how to design a basket pattern and find and harvest different kinds of bark.

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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. 

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