Cordage making and weaving looped bags with wild harvested fibers
Saturday and Sunday November 12th and 13th
In this weekend workshop participants will get an introduction to the world of using plant fibers for basketry. On the first day we will begin by processing dogbane, milkweed, and other wild plants. Next, participants will learn how to make cordage with these fibers and we will spend the rest of the day experimenting with different materials. On the second day we will make knotless netted bags (aka looping or nalbinding) using both our cordage and plain fibers.
DOGBANE, MILKWEED, NETTLE AND MORE
During this class my goal is to give you experience with a wide breadth of wild fibers and to discuss the harvesting, processing, and nuances of each one. Along with dogbane and milkweed you will get practice working with nettle, basswood, yucca, and more. At the end of the weekend you will leave with a knotless netted bag, knowledge to continue foraging and making on your own, and the inspiration to explore your own natural landscape!
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.
If you have any questions feel free to email me anytime : )