Basket weaving is one of the widest-spread crafts in the history of any human civilization, although it is hard to say just how old the craft is, because natural materials like wood and grass decay naturally and constantly. Much of the history of basket making has been lost and is simply speculated upon. The oldest known baskets have been carbon-dated to between 10,000 and 12,000 years old, earlier than any archaeological finds of pottery, and were discovered in Faiyum, in upper Egypt.
Instructor Kirsten Skoglund, a basket maker for many years, will share her basket weaving passion with you!
In this class, you will create a Market Basket, 8″x 11″ with 6″ high sides and a hardwood handle. Great to take anywhere as you carry all your important items.
You will learn basic basket-making techniques using reed. This includes how to lay out the base of the basket, shape the sides and create a very sturdy rim. Kirsten is a long-time instructor, she’ll help you ease into basket weaving with no stress, and you’ll be amazed at how fun the class is and how quickly it proceeds.
Kirsten will discuss how to finish your basket, either leaving it natural or staining painting it. There is truly something magical about taking basic supplies from nature and making a functional work of art. You will love this class!
The instructor will provide the weaving supplies for each student to make their basket (included in class fee).
She will also have actual basket weaving clippers and basket weaving tools available to buy at the class if desired (please bring your checkbook).
Materials to bring along with you to class:
- Bucket (ice cream bucket size)
- Wooden clothespins (at least 15)
- Strong scissors
- Measuring tape
- Small flat head screwdriver
- Spray bottle
- Pencil for marking
Lunch will be on your own. Please bring water/snacks and lunch as this class is scheduled through the lunch hour.
Be aware we may cancel class if a minimum number of registrations is not reached. We work to balance teachers’ need to plan for materials with students’ busy schedules. Please register as early as possible!
General Age Policy:
All classes are for adults (18+) unless otherwise noted.
Be aware we may cancel 5 days before class date if a minimum number of registrations not reached. We work to balance teachers' need to plan for a class with students' busy schedules -- not an easy task. Please register as early as possible!