Paint, strip, and weave watercolor paper into amazing, colorful baskets. Working with wooden molds or by hand, students will create several baskets in a variety of sizes and shapes. Beginners will learn simple construction methods and weaving techniques; experienced basket weavers can benefit from exploring new approaches.
Get a literal taste of Folk School magic as you make four projects in four studios! In the cooking studio, bake and decorate (and eat!) elegant sugar cookies that double as delicious works of art. Turn a wooden rolling pin on the lathe and weave a European-style bakery basket perfect for displaying oven-fresh goods. Use the tools and methods of 19th-century tinsmiths to create functional items to continue your baking journey at home. Note: materials fee may exceed $100.
Learn to weave a basket from western red and Alaskan yellow cedar bark using traditional Haida techniques. Start by weaving a small basket with cedar bark that has been sustainably harvested and prepared by the instructor. Choose from various projects, including pouches, wrapped bottles, and more. Learn about the Haida, an Indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest, their culture, and weaving techniques from an instructor who has studied with Haida master basket weaver Delores Churchill. Note...
Create a stunning basket using various weaving techniques, including twining, three- and four-rod waling, over/under weaving, and more. Begin with a custom-made wooden base to set the shape of the inner basket, and add visual interest with the outer guard spokes. Weave and shape the basket and finish the graceful neck with a lashed rim that supports an oak swing handle. All levels welcome; moderate hand strength needed.
Students of any level can create the quintessential Shaker basket: the cathead. Start by weaving with prepared black ash splints over a wooden mold. With these basic techniques under your belt, continue to explore Shaker baskets and work on additional pieces of your choice. All levels welcome. Note: materials fee may exceed $100.
Learn to weave a swing-arm spoked basket patterned after the Taghkanic baskets of upstate New York. Start by preparing ash basket splints and hickory and ash rims and handles. Gain an understanding of the geometry of round-bottom baskets and learn how to incorporate their handles and rims. Practice off-the-form basket weaving and leave with a sturdy heirloom to be used and treasured. Intermediate students welcome.
Discover traditional willow rib basketry from the ground up by harvesting and weaving fresh willow from the garden. Learn all about growing willow while you harvest, sort, and size fresh material, and make cuttings to grow willow at home. Use fresh, frozen, and dried and reconstituted material to weave several artisan, rib-style baskets. Take home all the materials and skills you need to continue on your own. All levels welcome; some hand strength is required. Note: materials fee may exceed $100
What can you do with a piece of wheat? Wheat straw can be plaited, made into paper, dyed colors, and spun into threads. Learn these techniques and how to combine them to create traditional harvest tokens for your wall or window or create straw jewelry. Bring your imagination and you will never look at a wheat field the same way again! Note: materials fee may exceed $100.
Each year in the fall or winter, gardeners cut back the old year’s iris and daylily foliage to make way for spring growth. Learn how to turn this soft and abundant material into sweet, tiny baskets. Make several small baskets and develop confidence with material preparation, twining, and design. All levels welcome.
Winter is the perfect time to gather your own materials to make beautiful and functional baskets. Learn to work with abundant local vines like honeysuckle and grapevine. Then, weave traditional Appalachian ribbed baskets using ratan for structure. When spring comes around, use your basket to harvest vegetables from your garden. All levels welcome, but strong hands are necessary.
Experiment with color combinations of pre-dyed reed that match your decor, fit your personality, and best accentuate your basket style. Possibilities include a tote, a market or storage basket, and more. Expect to create two or more projects during the week, depending on size. All levels welcome; moderate hand strength is required. Note: materials fee may exceed $100.
Explore the design possibilities of chase weave using willow and cedar bark and an assortment of fibers. This versatile basketry technique is accessible for all levels and produces stylish results while integrating natural materials, color, texture, and originality. Learn about best practices for growing and harvesting barks for your future baskets. All levels welcome.
Work with strips of cultivated willow bark in this introduction to natural basketry. This easily grown material is astonishingly versatile, strong, and beautiful—plus gentle on the hands and sustainable. We will learn about growing, harvesting, and preparing willow bark through classroom lectures and then apply it to a selection of basket forms and shapes, or even a stylish willow bark hat! All levels welcome. Note: materials fee may exceed $100.
Nature and artist collaborate, combining the beauty of naturally shed deer antlers with artisan, rib-style basket weaving. Create fanciful and functional Appalachian antler baskets and explore various drilling techniques and sculptural forms. Students will be encouraged to create their own woven antler pieces using a variety of organic colors and natural materials including vines, cordage, reeds, grasses, and fiber. All levels welcome. Note: materials fee may exceed $100.
Learn to weave the Folk School’s signature baskets, many designed by the instructor. Using basic basketry skills, you will recreate the dining hall bread basket; the flat, double-compartment evaluation basket; the handled, round Williamsburg-style name tag basket; and more! Discover how to weave using both a wooden base and a spoke base and depart with a wealth of knowledge to create baskets of your own. All levels welcome. Note: materials fee may exceed $100
Explore basic knots and patterns for basket weaving on palm-sized stones. Then, take it up a notch by weaving more intricate patterns, combining designs, and adding different materials into the mix. Cordage, wire, leather, copper, charms, and beads can all be used to enhance your treasures. Go Zen or go wild—your choice! All levels welcome.
Work with several basketry techniques and a variety of materials including bark, twine, and cordage, to create three or more wearable pouches. Each technique produces a different appearance for each unique pouch. Bring an assortment of personal keepsakes to incorporate in your one-of-a-kind creations.
Weave a traditional Irish coiled chair using a plentiful roadside resource—kudzu! Coiled chairs were once common in many Irish homes and woven with straw from the fields. They were considered the seat of honor and set by the hearth for the eldest family member. Learn to apply traditional coiling techniques to this local material to create beautiful, comfortable chairs that are unique works of art for the home. Time permitting, students may also go on to weave kudzu baskets.
Cannon County, Tennessee is the home of the split-oak egg basket with the bow tie start. Create a seven-inch version of this basket and learn everything from preparing the materials (scraping and cutting weavers and preparing ribs) to weaving and shaping. All levels welcome, though basket weaving experience is helpful. Good hand strength is necessary, and some evening work may be required.
Weave a tote from a kit developed by the instructor. Choose from an array of colored and natural reed for the basket’s sides and Shaker tape for your handles. Time permitting, students may make another tote using the reed, either natural, dyed, or both! All levels welcome.
Learn how to weave round stake and strand willow baskets. Gain an introduction to growing, harvesting, sorting, and soaking willow, in addition to traditional basket weaving techniques. Depending on skill level, students can expect to complete two or three baskets during the week. Note: materials fee may exceed $100.
Learn to weave rib baskets using materials from your own backyard. Basket making time will be intermixed with exploring our outdoor surroundings for suitable weaving materials including grapevine, bittersweet, red osier, and honeysuckle. Discover how to prepare these items for weaving and how to make a black walnut dye bath. Strong hands and the ability to walk uneven terrain is recommended. All levels welcome.
Learn methods for building unique, sculptural forms from reed, wire, and waxed linen. Experiment with techniques such as twining, starting various basket bottoms, and twining backward to create curves. Modify the surfaces of your sculptural baskets using thin-set mortar, powdered graphite, spray paints, and watered-down acrylic paints. Bring your curious and experimental self and leave with a foundation of sculptural basketry skills. All levels welcome.
Welcome to the creative world of sewing rope into baskets, bowls, coasters, and bags! Master the basic steps for stitching round rope projects, develop techniques for shaping and sizing, and practice adding color and embellishments based on individual style. Expect to complete up to four projects over the weekend.
Paint, strip, and weave watercolor paper into amazing, colorful baskets. Working with wooden molds or by hand, create several baskets in a variety of sizes and shapes. Perfect for beginners getting familiar with simple construction methods, as well as for experienced basket weavers seeking a new approach.
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