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Stowe Basketry Festival

Class Descriptions

The 2020 Stowe Basketry Festival has been postponed until May 9-15, 2022.

CLASS “1” – Patched Tray | CLASS FULL

Duration: 1 Day (Monday)

Instructor: Annetta Kraayeveld – Beloit, WI

Ability Level: Advanced

Materials Fee: $78.00

Dimensions: 12” x 12” x 2”

Class Description: A beautiful eye-catching basket to use or display. The colorful twill pattern in the base is continued as you weave up the side of the basket. Color choices available in class.

Tools needed: A spoke weight, small packer and a #20 tapestry needle along with your regular weaving tools.

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CLASS “2” – Tapas Pot

Duration: 1 Day (Monday)

Instructor: Anne Bowers – Kearneysville, WV

Ability Level: Intermediate

Materials Fee: $65.00

Dimensions: Base: 6” x 7”(not including handle)

Class Description: Any class with Anne will sooth your soul and this bean pot shaped basket is no exception. You will start with a wood base and dyed spokes. Typical techniques include twining, three rod wale and continuous weaving. The fun begins when you choose from a wide variety of chenille yarns, copper and various wires and waxed linen to create a unique landscape. The rim is double lashed with waxed linen and your pot is finished with a wire bale handle.

Tools needed: Small pan to soak materials, small awl, shears, packing tool, needlenose pliers.

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CLASS “3” – Cedar Fish Rattle | CLASS FULL

Duration: 1 Day (Monday

Instructor: Sheila Wray and Elaine Twogood – Tacoma, WA

Ability Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Materials Fee: $75.00

Dimensions: Approximately 5-7” L x 3” H x 2” W

Class Description: Two is better than one and with Sheila and Elaine you will see that is true! These two master teachers will lead you on this fishing adventure. Your project is woven with red cedar spokes and yellow cedar twiners beginning over a wooden mold. As you continue weaving choices may be made to use other materials and colors to provide your own original design. BB’s and beads are added to make a contemporary version of a traditional Northwest Native rattle.

Tools needed: Shears, spray bottle, small water container, small packing tool, apron, tapestry needle and a bent tip or curved needle.

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CLASS “4” – Sway

Duration: 1 Day (Monday)

Instructor: Debbie Hurd – Garfield, AR

Ability Level: Intermediate

Materials Fee: $70

Dimensions: 7”W x 16”L x 9 ½”H (not including handle)

Class Description: Woven on a long rectangle wood base and has two round top swing handles to make it a handy tote. Techniques include: triple twining, triple twine arrows, start/stop weaving, adding embellishments to finished basket, double lashing. Using the ends of the triple twining to create a “flair” is what sets this basket off. Half round wood feet are included to add to you basket if desired. Color choice at class time or contact teacher to preorder color choice.

Tools needed: Clothespins, cutters, water bucket, cable ties, pencil, tape measure, packing tool, needle nose or blunt nose pliers, sponge or spray bottle.

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CLASS “5” – Sabrina | CLASS FULL

Duration: 1 Day (Monday)

Instructor: Flo Hoppe – Rome, NY

Ability Level: Intermediate

Materials Fee: $65.00

Dimensions: 7”W x 10”L x8”H (including handle)

Class Description: Flo is back for the 29th year and still has brand new projects for you! Sabrina is a smaller version of one of Flo’s favorite baskets. It begins with a standard oval base with the sides being woven with 3 rod wale, 4 rod coils and a packing weave. No matter the shape, the outside handles make the basket into a graceful oval. Your project is finished with a 4-row rolled border and rope wrapped handles.

Tools needed: Diagonal cutting pliers or strong scissors, needlenose pliers, medium awl, knife, plastic dishpan, bandaids or finger tape, towel.

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CLASS “6” – Triangle Challenge

Duration: 1 Day (Monday)

Instructor: Cass Schorsch – Clarkdale, AZ

Ability Level: Intermediate-Advanced

Materials Fee: $85.00

Dimensions: 6” Base x 5-7” H

Class Description: You may ask “why does Cass call it a challenge?” They say that rewards come with challenges and shaping it the number one challenge in this class followed closely by the spacing of the spokes. Cass will let you decide if you would like two levels or three. This basket is woven on an equilateral triangle wooden base. In order to save time, Cass will have the spokes inserted and glued. Weaving is done with round reed, cane spokes and cedar weavers. As Cass wove this there were times that she was worried that she was stuck in the Bermuda Triangle and would never get out!!

Tools needed: Small towel, spray bottle, scissor and shear cutter, pocket knife.

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CLASS “7” – Sky Bridge

Duration: 2 Day (Monday/Tuesday)

Instructor: Bonnie Gale – Norwich, NY

Ability Level: Advanced

Materials Fee: $125.00

Dimensions: 6” x 10” x 18” (before handle)

Class Description: When Steen Madsen showed me a photograph of this basket, I was so taken with the shape and knew that I had to make it. The basket includes French willow work techniques. I named the basket “Sky Bridge” due to the handle shape and in honor of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The basket is made in small peeled willow. The prepared framework for the base is provided. A rectangular base is woven and stakes are scallomed and attached, developing soft shoulder corners. Bottom waling is followed by slewing weave, top shaping, waling and a rolled border. Some stakes are excluded and become the handle. A joy to make and behold!

Tools needed: Sharp shears; bodkin or awl; an old bath towel; rapping iron or spoke weight; two basket weights such as old flat irons (I will bring some); rigid ruler; a few rubber bands and basketry clamps.

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CLASS “8” – Plaid Button Up | CLASS FULL

Duration: 1 Day (Tuesday)

Instructor: Annetta Kraayeveld – Beloit, WI

Ability Level: Advanced

Materials Fee: $55.00

Dimensions: 6” x 3 ¼” x 8”H

Class Description: Working with hand painted, hand cut paper and diagonal twill weave students weave a beautiful paper basket with a striking plaid pattern and offset shoulders. The addition of buttons finishes the basket. The pattern has an easy to use graph for the base and multiple photographs to assist side weaving and the rim. Students must have diagonal twill experience.

Tools needed: Please bring a small packer, several toothless micro-clips, a pair of sharp side cutters and #22 tapestry needles.

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CLASS “9” – Appalachian Potato Basket | CLASS FULL

Duration: 1 Day (Tuesday)

Instructor: Anne Bowers – Kearneysville, WV

Ability Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Materials Fee: $82.00

Dimensions: 13” W x 15” L x 7” deep

Class Description: This Appalachian style ribbed basket is really fun to make. Using an oak oval hoop, students will learn how to notch initial ribs, weave a 5 point lashing; sight, whittle and insert primary and secondary ribs and weave to a successful conclusion. Ribs will be dyed to add a bit of color, as well as some dyed weavers and seagrass if you wish. Students should bring a sharpened knife to class for whittling. While some students may not complete their entire basket in the time allotted, they will have all of the knowledge necessary to finish at home.

This workshop may require extra class time.

Tools needed: Sharpened knife, bucket, awl, shears, side cutters

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CLASS “10” –Oval Star Quilt Bowl

Duration: 1 Day (Tuesday)

Instructors: Sheila Wray and Elaine Twogood – Tacoma, WA

Ability Level: Advanced

Materials Fee: $58.00

Dimensions: 13”l x 9”w x 2.4”d

Class Description: Students will start this basket with a rectangular, twill quilt star pattern base forming a shallow cat’s head. As you continue weaving up the sides, you will use a quadrafoil pattern to form the oval bowl. Careful attention to shaping will be a focus of this basket.

Tools needed: dish pan or small water bucket, hand towel, pencil, measuring tape, scissors for cutting reed, spring type clothespins or clamps, packing tool, spray bottle, knife or shaving tool. Zip ties are optional.

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CLASS “11” – Cane Your Day Away

Duration: 1 Day (Tuesday)

Instructor: Jean Reed– Hill, NH

Ability Level: All Levels

Materials Fee: $85.00

Dimensions: 13” x 14” x 8.5” high

Class Description: In no time at all you will learn the seven basic steps of caning on a finely crafted footstool of hardwood. These footstools are made with you in mind, as the legs can be removed for easy travel. You will be able to apply your new skills to all of those chairs you’re storing in the attic, or perhaps you will even start your own chair caning business!

This workshop may require extra class time.

Tools needed: Hand towel, water container, and spray bottle. If you have a caning awl, please bring it! If not, one will be provided for you to use.

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CLASS “12” – Alderson

Duration: 1 Day (Tuesday)

Instructor: Debbie Hurd– Garfield, AR

Ability Level: Intermediate

Materials Fee: $49.00

Dimensions: 7”H x 10”W

Class Description: Students will start this basket off with a round, hardwood base. Some of the techniques you will learn and perfect are 4-rode wale, continuous 2/2 twill with a step, and double-cross lashing. Space-dyed reed is used for twill and lashing. You will have a choice of colors at the start of class.

Tools needed: Small alligator clips, clothespins, cutters, water bucket, cable ties, pencil, tape measure, packing tool, needle nose or blunt nose pliers, sponge or spray bottle.

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CLASS “13” – Butterflies are Free | CLASS FULL

Duration: 1 Day (Tuesday)

Instructor: Flo Hoppe– Rome, NY

Ability Level: Intermediate

Materials Fee: $85.00

Dimensions: 5”h x 11” square

Class Description: This basket starts with the unusual square butterfly base. The base is then bi-spoked and woven up the sides with 2-rod wale and 3-rod arrows. The central over one/under one design with flat oval reed is artfully enhanced with cane in a diamond weave pattern. The border is a 3-rod behind-one border with two follow-on tracs ending on the outside.

Tools needed: Diagonal cutting pliers or strong scissors, needlenose pliers, medium awl, knife, plastic dishpan, bandaids or finger tape, towel.

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CLASS “14” – Mystery Hanging Basket

Duration: 1 Day (Tuesday)

Instructor: Cass Schorch– Clarkdale, AZ

Ability Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Materials Fee: $85

Dimensions: 18” Diam. X 5” H

Class Description: You might recall “Stilted Totemic” which I taught years ago in birch bark. I call it the “Mystery Basket” because the first question I get is “how did you make that pointed bottom?” It is a fun basket and the finished product is always satisfying. “Mystery” is woven with Elm Bark and Cedar Bark. Weaving it with Elm Bark gives it the strength to actually hold a small plant. Come solve the “mysteries” in this basket.

Tools needed: Scissors, small towel, and some small clips.

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CLASS “15” – Tic Tac Toe

Duration: 1 Day (Wednesday)

Instructor: Annetta Kraayeveld – Beloit, WI

Ability Level: Advanced

Materials Fee: $70

Dimensions: 8 ½” x 8 ½” x 2” H or 10” x 10” x 2”H

Class Description: A lovely tray for display or serving. Twill base, stacked rim sides, woven with dyed and natural Hamburg Cane and Reed. Class pattern includes three graphs for different twill bases. Color choices available in class.

Tools needed: Bring a spoke weight, small packer and a #20 tapestry needle along with your regular weaving tools.

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CLASS “16” – Words and Designs for Twined Baskets | CLASS FULL

Duration: 1 Day (Wednesday)

Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger– Peru, IN

Ability Level: All Levels

Materials Fee: $70.00

Dimensions: Varies

Class Description: Students will learn to design and weave twined baskets. Using a grid and painting their own waxed linen, students will create their own original patterns for twining.

Tools needed: Scissors

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CLASS “17” – Fluted Constellation | CLASS FULL

Duration: 1 Day (Wednesday)

Instructor: Karen Tembreull– L’Anse, MI

Ability Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Materials Fee: $80.00

Dimensions: 6” x 6” x 2.5”

Class Description: Beginning with a unique threaded base of Willow and Cedar Barks, weave this sweet and functional basket with an interesting twist. The fluted sides and rim are a result of weave change on the basket. The braided cedar win enhances the overall flow. This workshop may require extra class time.

Tools needed: Basic weaving tools including a flat packer, clippers, scissors, spoke weights, and micro clips.

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CLASS “18” – Cedar-Covered Abalone Shell

Duration: 1 Day (Wednesday)

Instructor: Sheila Wray and Elaine Twogood – Tacoma, WA

Ability Level: Intermediate

Materials Fee: $85.00

Dimensions: Varies

Class Description: Students will begin with a beautiful abalone shell, at least six inches in length. You will then weave a twill base and fit it to the base of the shell. Design using color, open and undulating waves to enclose the base of the shell. Shell sizes will vary slightly. Students will have a variety of materials and colors to choose from to create a one of a kind design.

Tools needed: Dish pan or small water bucket, hand towel, pencil, measuring tape, scissors for cutting reed, small craft clips or copper clips, small packing tool, spray bottle, knife and a tapestry needle.

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CLASS “19” – Triple Play

Duration: 1 Day (Wednesday)

Instructor: Debbie Hurd – Garfield, AR

Ability Level: Intermediate

Materials Fee: $62.00

Dimensions: 7”W x 13”L x 11”H w/o handles

Class Description: Weave up a nice tall tote that will be both attractive and useful! It begins with an oval wood base and ends with 2 swing handles. Other techniques used are triple twining, 2-ply triple twining, color overlays, and French Randing. Rim is double lashed for a secure and attractive look. Color choices will be available at class time.

Tools needed: Clothespins, cutters, water bucket, cable ties, pencil, tape measure, packing tool, needle nose or blunt nose pliers, sponge or spray bottle.

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CLASS “20” – Shawl Pin / Necklace

Duration: 1 Day (Wednesday)

Instructor: Cass Schorsch – Clarkdale, AZ

Ability Level: All Levels

Materials Fee: $60

Dimensions: Varies depending on project

Class Description: Living in Arizona, you quickly learn evenings get quite cool. Before you know it, you are the owner of some beautiful shawls. We like to toss one side over the opposite shoulder, BUT it is always falling off. The Shawl Pin is the answer. With a sliding knot necklace, you can use it as a necklace when not using it as a Shawl Pin. The cabochon will be mounted on leather with beading around the edge. Using silk, embroidery thread, yarn or waxed linen, you will learn coiled wrapping. The pins will be made in advance of class, but demonstrated. The double sliding knot necklace will also be made in advance of class, and demonstrated. Definitely a Festival Treasure.

Tools needed: Task light, magnification and #20 tapestry needle. A few will be available if students can’t find one.

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CLASS “21” – Willow Creel

Duration: 2 Days (Wednesday – Thursday)

Instructor: Jesica Clark – Stanfordville, NY

Ability Level: Advanced

Materials Fee: $115

Dimensions: 15”L x 7”W x 9”H

Class Description: Learn to make a functional and sturdy creel ready for action on the trail or in the stream. Students will learn to weave and shape this creel without a former. We will build a D-shape base with scalloming and a regular over-under weave, add stakes, prick up and three rod wale for the upsett, French or English rand to raise the sides, add packing, then wale again before turning down a 3 behind 1 woven border. We will weave lids to match, with or without a cutout, and attach with willow hinges before adding the strap and closure. This class is perfect for experienced willow weavers who want to work on controlling basket shape as well those wanting to weave baskets with corners and/or lids. High quality leather straps and finishing hardware included, but students are welcome to bring their own.

Tools needed: Pair of high quality, clean and sharp bypass pruners, bodkin or large awl, small fixed-blade knife, weights, rapping iron, measuring tape or ruler. Leather, hardware, and leather tools will be provided, but students may bring their own. Bring a pencil, paper and camera as no written instructions will be provided.

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CLASS “22” – Square Ribbed Baskets | CLASS FULL

Duration: 2 Days (Wednesday – Thursday)

Instructor: Anne Bowers – Kearneysville, WV

Ability Level: Intermediate

Materials Fee: $40, $45, $55, $75

Dimensions: 4”x4”, 6”x6”, 8”x8”, 10”x10”

Class Description: These square ribbed baskets are fun to make and help students who struggle with certain aspects of ribbed basketry to better understand and experience their construction. All begin with a different type of handle embellishment woven in cane. Then students will learn Anne’s patented way of making a god’s eye. Next, preformed ribs are inserted in the basket, and weaving beings with cane (the 10” basket also has a set of secondary ribs). The rest of the weaving is completed with dyed reed. Emphasis on weaving so that the basket will sit well. If students are relatively new to ribbed construction, Anne would recommend the 6” or 8” style.

This workshop may require extra class time.

Please let Merry know which sizes you would like to make. You can expect to complete two or three baskets during class.

Tools needed: Sharpened knife, pan to soak materials, shears, awl, side cutters.

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CLASS “23” – Nantucket Guardian Angel

Duration: 1 Day (Thursday)

Instructor: Jan Beyma– Wilmington, NC

Ability Level: Intermediate

Materials Fee: $85.00

Dimensions: 13” x 5” Diameter

Class Description: Students will learn to taper and set up a Nantucket basket. Basket is woven over a plastic mold. The mold is for class use only. Students will insert the cane staves into the base and begin weaving a twill with cane weavers. The base and slip on rim will be pre-finished maple. Students will add the head and embellish the angel with wings and a halo.

This workshop may require extra class time.

Tools needed: Tools provided for class use.

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CLASS “24” – Elm Bark and Braided Sweetgrass | CLASS FULL

Duration: 1 Day (Thursday)

Instructor: Dianne Stanton – Pembroke, MA

Ability Level: All levels

Materials Fee: $56.00

Dimensions: 6” Diameter x 3.5” Deep

Class Description: Last spring, I helped to help clean out closets and drawers after a dear friend’s passing. I was pleasantly surprised when I found an old Native American ash basket, hidden away in a drawer. It was gifted to me and became the inspiration for this creative basket.

Students will learn a new round base with 14 spokes and weave with both blades of sweetgrass and black ash. You will create and weave your own design for the side of this basket using your own braided sweetgrass, black ash, elm bark and cedar bark.

The top of your basket is completed with an elm bark and sweetgrass border lashed with black ash.

The sources of and preparation of these natural materials will be discussed.

Tools needed: Regular basketry tools.

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CLASS “25” – Woven Jewelry | CLASS FULL

Duration: 1 Day (Thursday)

Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger– Peru, IN

Ability Level: All Levels

Materials Fee: $75.00

Dimensions: Varies

Class Description: Using low-tech metal applications, students will make several pendants, broaches and earrings. Students will learn to create a woven center using copper foil, natural materials, and paper. Making the copper frame, students will learn many patinas, cold connections and alternative ways to easily make creative woven jewelry.

Tools needed: No tools required.

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CLASS “26” – Off The Grid

Duration: 1 Day (Thursday)

Instructor: Karen Tembreull– L’Anse, MI

Ability Level: Intermediate – Bias weave knowledge is helpful

Materials Fee: $80.00 for two baskets

Dimensions: 3” x 3” x 7”

Class description: The base of this bias weave consists of wider birch strips and narrower willow strips. The top edge is saw tooth and tucked securely. Students will have the choice of: a spruce root rim which doubles as a rim/wall hanger handle, a buttonhole stitch hanger, or a steel wire rim handle, or any combination of the three. Material will be provided for a 2nd basket will wider willow and narrower birch. We will have many options for creativity with the steel wire which can manipulate the basket’s shape.

Tools Needed: Flat packer, needle nose pliers or hemostats, scissors and micro clips.

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CLASS “27” – Zeus

Duration: 1 Day (Thursday)

Instructor: Debbie Hurd – Garfield, AR

Ability Level: Advanced

Materials Fee: $70.00

Dimensions: 14” L x 11” W x 8.5” H

Class Description: Many techniques make this an outstanding basket. Twill weaving with space dyed reed, 4-rod wale and forming handles from the rim gives the students a challenge. A slightly different lashing idea makes finishing a little easier. Color choices available at class time. Students will need to have some hand strength.

This workshop may require extra class time.

Tools needed: Small alligator clips, clothespins, cutters, water bucket, cable ties, pencil, tape measure, packing tool, needle nose or blunt nose pliers, sponge or spray bottle.

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CLASS “28” – Surf’s Up – A Wave Weave Sampler

Duration: 1 Day (Thursday)

Instructor: Flo Hoppe– Rome, NY

Ability Level: Intermediate

Materials Fee: $52.00

Dimensions: 6.5” H x 6” Diameter

Class Description: Surf’s Up incorporates 4 different versions of wave weave. The first one is Gentle Waves, a simple up and down version. The second is Cross Current which uses two weavers in an X pattern. The third one is Low Tide, a version that skips 3 spokes inside to make a diagonal pattern. The 4th one is Man the Lifeboats, a complicated version of Gentle Waves because two different colors are used weaving behind 3 spokes with each color, one going up and the other coming down. You may want to jump in the hot tub at the Round Hearth after this adventure with Flo!!

Tools needed: Diagonal cutting pliers or strong scissors, needlenose pliers, medium awl, knife, plastic dishpan, bandaids or finger tape, towel.

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CLASS “29” – Large Nantucket Fruit Bowl

Duration: 1 Day (Friday)

Instructor: Jan Beyma– Wilmington, NC

Ability Level: Intermediate

Materials Fee: $85.00

Dimensions: 6” x 9” Diameter

Class Description: Students will learn to taper staves and set up a Nantucket. They will also learn to incorporate a twill pattern in the basket with cane weavers. Basket is woven over a large acrylic bowl mold. Mold is for class use only. Cherry base and cheater rim will be pre-finished.

This workshop may require extra class time.

Tools needed: Tools will be provided.

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CLASS “30” – Sweetgrass Memory Basket

Duration: 1 Day (Friday)

Instructor: Dianne Stanton – Pembroke, MA

Ability Level: All levels

Materials Fee: $48.00

Dimensions: 5.5” Long x 2” High

Class Description: A new and interesting way to start a coiled basket: a multi-directional base. Using waxed linen, you will create a base with fragrant sweetgrass as the foundation. Students will learn how to add foundation and stitching materials, as well as, shaping and adjusting stitches for the size of your basket. The finished basket can be decorated with a row of beads (optional) or a special bead from a piece of jewelry.

Tools needed: Regular Basketry tools.

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CLASS “31” – Ribbed Wall Basket

Duration: 1 Day (Friday)

Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger– Peru, IN

Ability Level: All Levels

Materials Fee: $85.00

Dimensions: 12 inch-ish

Class Description: Using rib construction as the technique, and materials of cane, reed and a stick students will create a wall basket that is designed to lay flat on a wall with the stick as the focal point.

Tools Needed: Regular basketry tools as well as a drill with a 1/8” bit and a hot glue gun.

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CLASS “32” – Berkshire Pack Basket | CLASS FULL

Duration: 1 Day (Friday)

Instructor: JoAnn Kelly Catsos – Ashley Fall, MA

Ability Level: Intermediate

Materials Fee: $65.00

Dimensions: 4” h x 2”w x 2.75” l

Class Description: This little pack basket is named after the Berkshire Mountains near JoAnn’s home in Massachusetts, but it is inspired by the packs used by trappers in the Adirondacks. It is chase woven of precisely prepared black ash splint over a puzzle mold that must be taken apart to be removed. Although small in size (a business card will fit) it has all of the features of the full sized pack – lashed rims, ash handle, leather harness and buckle as well ash skeds on the base. The ash rims are single lashed.

Tools needed: A tool box will be provided.

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CLASS “33” – By the Sea

Duration: 1 Day (Friday)

Instructor: Debbie Hurd – Garfield, AR

Ability Level: All levels

Materials Fee: $72.00

Dimensions: 14” l x 8” w x 13” h

Class Description: Weave this nice large tote to use next summer! Leather handles, space dyed reed and a complimentary small towel makes it an outstanding project! Techniques include a woven base with fillers, paired weavers, overlays, double lashing and adding base supports. Wooden feet are provided to add after the basket is dry.

This workshop may require extra class time.

Tools needed: A small bent tip packer, spoke weight, clothespins, cutters, water bucket, cable ties, pencil, tape measure, packing tool, needle nose or blunt nose pliers, sponge or spray bottle.

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CLASS “34” – Topsy Turvy

Duration: 1 Day (Friday)

Instructor: Flo Hoppe – Rome, NY

Ability Level: Intermediate

Materials Fee: $48.00

Dimensions: 4.5” h x 6.5” diameter

Class Description: This class is aptly named!! Topsy Turvy is a double walled basket which begins with a double cross base. The inside basket is woven with 3 rod wale, then a behind-two-and-out border puts side spokes on the outside where another complete basket is woven. The central design in the outer wall is herringbone weave which is French randing in two directions. The uneven rows are woven to the right and the even rows to the left. Three rod wale shapes the basket inward and a simple trac border finishes it off at the bottom.

Tools needed: Diagonal cutting pliers or strong scissors, needlenose pliers, medium awl, knife, plastic dishpan, bandaids or finger tape, towel.

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CLASS “35” – Scalloped Collar White Pine Mokok

Duration: 1 Day (Friday)

Instructor: Jennifer Lee – Plainfield, MA

Ability Level: All Levels

Materials Fee: $110.00

Dimensions: 11” L x 7” W x 8” H

Class Description: This large Mokok is a Northeast woodland Native American style container of stitched bark, round top and square bottom originally used to store food and accoutrements. Sew white pine bark with spruce roots that you will peel and prepare and make an inner/outer rim from red willow that you will bend and split. White pine bark feels like leather when wet, dries like wood and smells wonderful! You may try different stitching petterns and the collar is bark turned inside out. Each piece will be unique. All materials are wild harvested in the Northern Berkshire mountains of Massachusetts by Jennifer and her family.

Tools needed: Scissors, knife, apron and needlenose pliers.

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CLASS “36” – Berry Basket

Duration: 1 Day (Friday)

Instructor: Jesica Clark – Stanfordville, NY

Ability Level: All levels

Materials Fee: $65.00

Dimensions: 9”D x 10”H

Class Description: Beginning and experienced willow weavers alike will enjoy making this cute and functional basket. Students in this class will learn the ins and outs of making a round basket from the base up: a round base in reverse pairing, eastern European style stake-up, chased three rod wale, your choice of side weaves, three or four rod top wale and trac border. A simple stick handle is then pegged to the basket to finish. Advanced weavers may be able to finish two baskets with some extra class time.

Tools needed: Pair of high quality, clean and sharp bypass pruners, bodkin or large awl, small weights, rapping iron, measuring tape or ruler. Bring a pencil, paper and camera as no written instructions will be provided.

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CLASS “37” – Ripple Effect

Duration: 2 Days (Friday – Saturday)

Instructor: Karen Tembreull – L’Anse, MI

Ability Level: Advanced

Materials Fee: $125.00

Dimensions:  4” w x 4” l x 7” h

Class Description:  This unique piece is a combination of between weave twining, with a knotted element added to create the beautiful spiral effect.  A mold is used to control the shape.  Finely split Elm bark spokes will be twined with cedar bark, and waxed cotton or linen.  Birch bark weavers are used with the cord in the between weave/knotted twining section.  A wider outside split of Elm bark is added as an accent, finishing off with a wonderful braided border.  If you enjoy a challenge with mixed media barks pallet, this class is for you! 

This workshop may require extra class time.

Tools needed:  Flat packer, scissors, spray bottle, pocket knife and micro clips.

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CLASS “38” – Balance

Duration: 1 Day (Saturday)

Instructor: Annetta Kraayeveld– Beloit, MI

Ability Level: Intermediate / Advanced

Materials Fee: $52.00

Dimensions:  10” x 4” x 5” high

Class Description:  Elegant and useful! The focus of this class is controlling shape while working with fine material. Techniques include chase weaving, four-rod wale and decrease rows. The final emphasis of the class will be the Gretchen or rolled border; students will concentrate on understanding the technique while creating a smooth and seamless rim.

Tools needed:  Small packer, spray bottle, & towel, along with regular basketry tools.

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CLASS “39” – Cape Fear Ice Bucket

Duration: 1 Day (Saturday)

Instructor: Jan Beyma – Wilmington, NC

Ability Level: Intermediate

Materials Fee: $90

Dimensions: 9.5” H x 8” Diameter

Class Description: Students will learn to taper staves and set up a Nantucket. They will also learn how to weave a twill as well as the techniques of weaving a finishing a Nantucket Basket. The Basket will be woven over a galvanized tin container which will stay in the basket. The pre-finished base and rim are cherry. The lid is a non-traditional galvanized lid. Plastic liner and ice scoop are included.

This workshop may require extra class time.

Tools needed: Toolbox will be provided.

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CLASS “40” – Weaving a Rainstick with Barks

Duration: 1 Day (Saturday)

Instructor: Dianne Stanton – Pembroke, MA

Ability Level: All levels

Materials Fee: $55

Dimensions: 2.25” Diameter x 26” Long

Class Description: Our rainstick will be pre-made from modern materials and will be woven using many types of gathered barks, vines and splints on rattan spokes. Each student is encouraged to design their own. Students are welcome to bring small beads, shells, rocks or ribbons for decorating your completed rainstick. Gathering of natural materials and their preparation will be discussed. A class musical performance would be appreciated.

Tools needed: Regular basketry tools.

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CLASS “41” – Ribbed Sculptural Intersections

Duration: 1 Day (Saturday)

Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger – West Peru, IN

Ability Level: All levels

Materials Fee: $85.00

Dimensions: 14 inch-ish

Class Description: Using rib construction as the technique, and materials of cane, reed and a stick, students will create a sculptural basket with intersections and interesting twists and turns! Take advantage of this class to explore Mary’s creativity!

Tools needed: Regular basketry tools as well as a drill with a 1/8” bit and a hot glue gun.

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CLASS “42” – Wide Trinket with Lid

Duration: 1 Day (Saturday)

Instructor: Jennifer Lee – Plainfield, MA

Ability Level: Beginner

Materials Fee: $65.00

Dimensions: 6” L x 4” W x 3” H

Class Description: This trinket Mokok is a container that is indigenous to the Northeast Woodlands. It has a rectangular bottom and an oval top. Students will sew white pine bark with spruce roots that you will peel and prepare. Your inner and outer rims will be made from red willow that you will bend and split. You will construct a lid from bark, roots and a branch. Different stitching patterns are possible on the pine bark.

Tools needed: Awl, scissors, apron, knife and needle nose pliers.

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CLASS “43” – Asymmetrical Basket | CLASS FULL

Duration: 2 Days (Saturday – Sunday)

Instructor: Jesica Clark – Stanfordville, NY

Ability Level: All Levels

Materials Fee: $95.00

Dimensions: 13”-16”D x 12”H

Class Description: Learn to make this special design by Danish weaver Ane Lyngsgaard! To build this basket in willow, we will start with a round base in a reverse pair weave, create a rounded upsett using chased three rod waling, raise the sides with your choice of weaves, create sloped sides, then add a modified waling and border weave before attaching wooden handles. Natural branch handles are included in the materials fee, but students are welcome to bring their own handles, including driftwood, as long as the pieces are at least 15 inches long.

Tools needed: Pair of high quality, clean and sharp bypass pruners, willow conditioning tool (a hard cylinder appx. 3″ in diameter, such as a metal water bottle) bodkin or large awl, weights, rapping iron, measuring tape or ruler. Branch handles will be provided, but students may bring their own. Bring a pencil, paper and camera as no written instructions will be provided.

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CLASS “44” – Shaker Kittenhead Trio | CLASS FULL

Duration: 2 Days (Saturday and Sunday)

Instructor: JoAnn Kelly Catsos – Ashley Falls, MA

Ability Level: Advanced

Materials Fee: $160.00

Dimensions: 1 1/8” Diameter, 2.75” Diameter, 4.5” Diameter

Class Description: Shaped like the larger Shaker cathead baskets, these smaller versions woven of
finely prepared black ash splint, are called kittenheads and feature the same pointed feet or cat ears. The three baskets in this set graduate in size from approximately one inch to four inches in diameter and nest inside each another. Featuring high arched maple handles, when tied together they make the perfect display. Due to the small size, prior black ash experience is suggested.

This workshop may require extra class time.

Tools needed: A tool box will be provided.

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CLASS “45” – Swirls of Fun

Duration: 1 Day (Sunday)

Instructor: Jan Beyma – Wilmington, NC

Ability Level: Intermediate

Materials Fee: $80.00

Dimensions: 5” H x 6.5” Diameter

Class Description: Students will learn to taper and set up a Nantucket. Students will learn to weave a twill into their basket. Basket will be woven with cane staves and weaver. A slip on rim will finish off the baskets. The base, rim and lid will be Cherry and pre-finished. Basket will be woven over a class plastic mold.

Tools needed: Tools will be provided.

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CLASS “46” – Choctaw Heart Basket

Duration: 1 Day (Sunday)

Instructor: Dianne Stanton – Pembroke, MA

Ability Level: Intermediate

Materials Fee: $48.00

Dimensions: 8” x 8” x 2” Deep

Class Description: This “Heart” basket was inspired by a rivercane basket made by the Choctaw Indians. Our version is woven from dyed Hamburg cane in the traditional colors, red, black and natural. Students will set up their spokes using a “loom”, weave a twill mat and learn to turn the corners to produce this unique shape. The top of your heart is woven in plain weave and finished with a traditional rim and small handle for hanging on the wall.

Tools needed: Regular basketry tools.

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CLASS “47” – Creative Paper Baskets

Duration: 1 Day (Sunday)

Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger – Peru, IN

Ability Level: All levels

Materials Fee: $85.00

Dimensions: Varies

Class Description: Using a variety of techniques, students will create several paper bases to use for twined tops or individual baskets. Structural techniques, collage, alternative surfaces will be covered for the paper base and paper baskets. Painting waxed linen, sculptural and alternative twining will be covered for the twined top.

Tools needed: Scissors

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CLASS “48” – Moose Ornament

Duration: 1 Day (Sunday)

Instructor: Karen Tembreull – L’Anse, MI

Ability Level: Intermediate

Materials Fee: $40.00 for two ornaments

Dimensions: 5” x 5”

Class Description: Weave my unique adaption of a classic ornament in the form of a Moose. Finely split and cut birch bark along with waxed linen, and red osier dogwood antlers are your materials. The legs are reinforced and wrapped in perfectly animated shape. Fine tip markers will aid in adding the perfect eye detail. My instruction include an illustrated image for each step.

Tools needed: Flat packer, clippers, scissors and micro clips.

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CLASS “49” – Cordella

Duration: 1 Day (Sunday)

Instructor: Annetta Kraayeveld – Beloit, MI

Ability Level: Intermediate

Materials Fee: $48

Dimensions: 4 ½” D x 6” H

Class Description: This adorable vase shaped basket features colorful cording and a well-placed button to accent multicolored spokes. Techniques include 2/2 and 3/3 twill and twining. The challenge is controlling the shape while working with very fine material.

Tools needed: Small packer & #26 tapestry needle, along with regular basketry tools.

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A Note About Tools!

Tools needed for each class are noted at the end of each class description. Please make your best effort to make sure that you have what is needed. Tools are available for sharing but it can often slow down class progress.

For those flying to Vermont, Stowe Basketry Festival water buckets will be available

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