Red-Osier Dogwood Frame Basket
An abundance of easily accessed and harvested native materials very suitable for basketry grow in our northern region. In this class we will make a frame with striking red osier dogwood and then weave a basket with a handle using a mixture of cattail and iris leaves, basswood fiber, willow bark and sweet grass. Students will learn a variety of techniques that enhance the fabric texture of your basket beyond the basic over/under pattern that is traditionally used when weaving a basket. How to make cordage and twining and wrapping techniques will be taught. Feel free to bring other flexible materials such as fabric, leather, ribbon, and the like to incorporate them into your basket. Beginners are welcome, as with a little enthusiasm and no previous basket-making experience participants leave the workshop with a fine looking basket.
Includes materials fee of $40.00
You will need the following tools for this class:
flat needle-nose pliers (or craft pliers)
plastic garbage bag (1)
small plastic baggies
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.