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Wild Crafted Basketry

Wild Crafted Basketry

Saturday, March 10 | 9am-3pm

Teacher: Rebecca May Verrill

In this hands-on workshop we will explore an introduction to traditional basket weaving techniques with round, wild harvested, flexible fibers. In the first hour or so of the workshop we will travel to local low-lying areas and cut our own materials for immediate wet-weave use upon returning to Fiber & Vine.

Instructor will provide some pre-harvested materials; however, the nature of this project is for the maker to establish a connection with their own materials. Wonderful organic variations in size, color, texture and form will occur!

Students will be guided through an introduction to one specific style of harvest basket with a built-in handle, ideal for carrying to a farmers market or out to the garden.  Depending on size and ease of use with the materials, each student should be able to complete the bulk of the basket (and the knowledge of how to complete it afterward if time doesn’t allow) within the workshop.

Examples and stages of development, as well as different styles of baskets will be shared, as will many different resources to encourage and inspire future weaving projects. It is highly likely that participants will leave this workshop with a new way of seeing the landscape around them and never leave home without a pair of snippers in their backpack or glovebox.

Small, hand-held pruners or garden shears, gloves and waterproof boots are recommended. Adequate hand strength, creative openness and a positive attitude are the only requirements.

There will be a short break for lunch. Feel free to pack a lunch or grab food nearby.

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Earlier Event: February 10
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Later Event: April 28
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