In the world of willow basketry, there are an infinite number of techniques to learn and perfect. Rib-style techniques will be the focus for this class, following the designs of many century-old basket styles. Learn about willow as a basket material, using wild and cultured, harvesting, sorting, and preparing for weaving. We will discuss and practice a variety of common techniques such as making frames, lashings, handles, and rims. Students will construct three or four baskets and make a variety of samples for future reference. This workshop is suitable for all skill levels, but hand strength is a must – willow is a strong material. Materials fee $95 and up depending on baskets woven. This fee is payable directly to the instructor during class.
- Sharp hand pruner
- Bodkin or Large Awl
- Sharp fixed blade knife (box cutters work well, not the disposable ones)
- 1-foot square leather or denim scrap
- 1 old bed sheet or 2 old beach towels to wrap willow and materials in
- 2 bungee cords (12”-16”) or cord to tie willow bundles
- Pack of chenille sticks (craft pipe cleaners), 25 per pck or more available at most craft/hobby stores