Basketry Basics: Harvest & Weaving with Cattails Online Course
In this online course, you’ll be guided through the process of acquiring your own material to create a few small projects using common weaving techniques. Using cattail leaves, participants will create a small mat and basket. Cattails are one of the easiest and most widely available materials out there for harvesting yourself! You’ll learn the steps of acquiring material and preparing it for use by doing it on your own with guidance and instruction. We’ll practice “plaiting” and “twining” - two methods of weaving that are used in many kinds of basketry.
Before class starts, you will receive a short video instructing you in the simple task of collecting your materials. Cattails can be found in a wide range of places including neighborhoods, parks, lakes and roadsides.
In the first short class, we’ll discuss material preparation more in depth, and learn how to prepare our leaves for weaving. You’ll gather your own materials and learn how to dry them out and re-hydrate for weaving. In Class session #2 we’ll weave a small mat while learning a few basic weaves, and in session 3 we’ll use those same weaving techniques to create a small basket.
This class meets the following dates:
Tuesday September 15, 6:00-7:00 pm CT
Tuesday September 22, 6:00-8:30 pm CT
Thursday September 24, 6:00-8:30 pm CT
You will need the following tools for this class:
- A laptop or tablet with reliable internet connection (a phone can work in a pinch, but a larger screen is better)
- Tarp, towel or sheet to wrap cattails in when soaking
- Bring your own weaving materials! (You’ll get instructions on how to do this before class)
Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.