Learn to harvest, process, and make with wild harvested fibers
Sunday December 2nd 2018
AN ANCIENT ART
The practice of using plant fibers as a material for creating bags, baskets, ropes, and more is truly an ancient art. Whether you are making strong cordage for nets or spinning flax for cloth, the plants are at the very root of this process. Cultures all over the world have extensively used processed plant fibers for creating not only utilitarian items but beautiful works of art.
HARVEST, PROCESS, MAKE
In this one day workshop participants will get an introduction to the world of using plant fibers for basketry. The day will start with a walk in the field to harvest wild dogbane and milkweed stalks. After processing them for their fiber participants will learn the technique of knotless netting (aka looping), as well as cordage making, and end the day with a small finished bag.
DOGBANE, MILKWEED, NETTLE AND MORE
One of our main focuses will be on harvesting and processing dogbane and milkweed for our project. Along with these materials there will also be the opportunity to experience and learn about other fibers such as nettle, basswood, and yucca. Each material has its own unique characteristics, harvesting time, and way of being processed and used, which will be discussed throughout the day.
Below is the nuts and bolts info about the workshop. The location is a private residence which will be shared upon registration. ** NOTE** Normally I use a form for signups, but it has been acting up so to register please email me at KatieGroveArt@gmail.com
If you have any questions feel free to email me anytime : )