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Wild Woven Ribbed Basket Weekend Workshop

October 2020 in the Hudson Valley, New York State

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A weekend of wild basketry using all locally harvested plant materials

Saturday and Sunday October 3rd and 4th

CLASS IS FULL – you can fill out the registration to get on the waitlist or just email me. 

Enjoy the bounty of nature by using a bounty of wild harvested plants create a ribbed basket. Each participant will choose the depth of their basket and pattern of materials to make a unique piece of functional art. You can make a tray basket to use as a table centerpiece or add a handle and god’s eye lashing to to use it for gathering vegetables– the design is up to you! The basics of ribbed basket construction will be covered as well as processing and preparing materials. The plants used depend on what is available for me to harvest for the workshop, but include grapevines, red osier dogwood, bittersweet, willow, prepared elm inner bark, cattail, and more! We will also discuss identification and how to harvest the different plant materials used in class, and weather depending we will include some harvesting in the class. You will leave with a basket, handouts on everything covered during the workshop, and a new appreciation for the beautiful and abundant plants in our landscape. Come join us for a lovely weekend of weaving, learning, and laughter this autumn!

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.

Due to Covid 19 several adjustments have been made in how I hold workshops including reduced workshop size. Below you can see my precautionary measures and participant requirements. Also please note that this workshop is subject to change or be cancelled given major developments in the Covid 19 situation.



Old Kings Highway, Stone Ridge NY 12484 


Saturday October 3rd, 10:00 – 5:00

Sunday October 4th, 10:00 – 5:00


$300 for the weekend


  • All locally harvested and hand prepared plant materials to make your ribbed baskets
  • 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

Covid 19 Precautionary Measures

**Please note that while these measures create an environment that reduces possible exposure to Covid 19 there are no guarantees. If you or a loved one is immunocompromised please opt not to take a workshop at this time.**

In order to take pre-cautions against exposure to Covid 19 these are the measures I will be taking at my workshops this year. There are also several requirements you’ll need to agree to to attend.

  • Workshop sizes will be limited.
  • Hand washing throughout the day will be encouraged
  • There will be at least two hand washing and hand sanitizer stations
  • We will maintain 6 feet distance as much as possible.
  • Doorknobs, shared tools, etc. will be sanitized throughout the day.
  • Class will be held primarily outdoors. Typically we move between indoors/outdoors, but in this case I want to try to stay out as much as possible. This means we will be dealing more with weather- please come prepared with layers. We will work in the shade and I’ll have tarps up in case of light rain. In case of emergencies I can physically distance about 7 people comfortably in my studio.

Participant Requirements

  • If you are sick or have possibly been exposed to Covid 19 please do not attend a workshop. If you have already paid for the workshop you will have the option of either a full refund (even last minute) or donating your payment to support the continuation of my teaching.
  • Participants will be required to bring and wear a mask
  • Participants will be asked to bring their own food, snacks, water, tea, coffee, water bottle, cups, etc. I will of course have drinking water, but have your own vessel to drink from.
  • Participants will be asked to bring a container of hand sanitizer for them to use. I will have some on hand, but it would be best if everyone had their own.

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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