Do you have some old t-shirts you no longer wear because they have a few holes or stains? Don’t throw them away! Turn them into yarn to make a funky yet sturdy, functional basket.
You will make yarn with your own old t-shirts and a basket base with clothesline. Then you will learn different patterns possible with the twining technique and how to make a rim to finish the basket. Students are encouraged to share their yarn to have a variety of colors. Finished dimensions will vary.
Learn some basket-making basics and create a lovely Japanese-style basket with a bud vase that is a perfect gift for any occasion. Choose from a range of hand-dyed rattan weavers in vibrant colors. You will weave a square base that is secured with twined reed, turn up your weavers in a sweeping curve and finish with waxed linen knots to fasten the groups of weavers around a small vase. The materials kit includes hand-dyed rattan spokes in vibrant colors, a twining weaver, waxed linen, glass vase, and a weaving template. Finished size: 5” wide by 4” tall.
Basketry with Recycled Materials: Coiling & Random Weave
4 Fridays, 1:45-3:45 pm
April 9-May 7, 2021, no class Apr. 23
If you are looking for creative ways to make your practice more sustainable, look no further! For thousands of years, people have been making baskets with materials they found in the world around them. Now you can turn stuff you would normally recycle or trash into whimsical and useful home décor. Your imagination is the only limit – there is so much potential in things often thought of as useless. Students will be introduced to two basic basket weaving techniques - plaiting and twining. You will learn to make a base, weave the sides, and finish a basket with a rim.
Weave an elegant, simple tray to decorate your festive spreads! In this workshop students will weave a small reed basket in a traditional Polish tatza basket pattern. Usually made from willow, we will be using hand-dyed round reed in a small diameter for a lovely basket suitable for display and use with fruit, rolls, cookies and the like. Students will have a choice of colored reeds. Finished dimensions: 8.75” diameter, 2” high. These pieces make lovely gifts or additions to your home. Whether you are Polish, know someone who is, or are simply ready to dive into beautiful, functional design, come join us!