The Dutchess County Fairgrounds
6550 Spring Brook Ave.
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

NYS Sheep & Wool Festival - Workshop Registration

Backyard Basketry: Coiling with Grasses, Cattails, and Iris - SOLD OUT

Thursday, October 19, 2017

9:00 - 4:00

Instructor: Katie Grove

Class Fee: $140.00

Material Fee: $0.00

Maximum Class Size: 13

0 Seats Available

About Seat Availability: The availability shown above does NOT A GUARANTEE that an actual seat is available to be purchased. Each registration will be verified after your purchase and if an over sale of seats occurs you will be notified and the price of the over sold seat will be refunded in it's entirety.

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Have you ever looked outside and wondered what you could make with the abundant plant materials growing in your own yard?

In this workshop you will learn how to use grasses, cattails, iris, daylily leaves, and many other common northeastern plants to create coiled baskets. Coiling is an ancient and versatile basketry technique in which a wrapping strand of yarn or fiber is sewn around coils of plant material to build a form. It is used all over the world to create beautiful vessels that can be either decorative or functional. Once you learn the technique there is a lot of room for creativity; your preferences, as well as which materials and type of wrapping strands you choose, will determine the overall look, size, and shape of your basket. What you make can vary anywhere from two small baskets to one larger basket up to 10” in diameter.

During the workshop we will discuss how to identify, harvest, and prepare local plant materials, all while practicing a variety of coiling stitches and embellishments. If you are excited about learning to make baskets with locally wild harvested natural materials, then this is the class for you!

Everyone will leave with a completed basket, handouts with information covered during the workshop, and inspiration to explore your local landscape.

You will be sitting and standing during class and basket weaving means your hands will be in and out of water all day.

Experience Level:  This class is open to all levels, even those who have taken it before and want to take their skills to a new level. 

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Materials Information

There is a $25 materials fee which is included in your registration fee.

Materials Provided by Instructor: All locally harvested natural materials, a variety of yarns and wrapping materials, needles, handouts.

Materials Provided by Student:  Scissors. Optional:   bring yarn for the wrapping material.

Homework: None

Workshop Instructor

Going out onto the land, harvesting materials from nature, and weaving a basket is Katie Grove’s idea of a perfect day. She is a more