Basswood Bark Coiled Basketry
Coiled basketry has existed throughout the world for centuries; some ancient pieces have been found dating back to 5,000 B.C. Traditionally natural materials grasses, stems, leaves, roots are used in this style, though in modern times industrial materials have been substituted, even while using the traditional stitches. Culturally, stitches have evolved in a variety of styles. In this workshop students will learn techniques and stitches from tropical regions using a uniquely northern material: the inner bark of the basswood tree, which has many of the same qualities as palm fibers and raffia, opening up a new range of possibilities to northern basket makers. Students will learn the mariposa, figure 8, long & short stitches for both structure and decoration. All materials will be provided and no experience is needed.