Thanks to a very enthusiastic response from prospective weavers, we are excited to announce that Karen’s new 7-month Basketry Intensive program begins November 4, 2016!
Earlier this summer master weaver Karen Sherwood floated the idea of a new Basketry Intensive program where students would learn not only how to weave with different natural plant materials, but also how to identify, harvest, and prepare their own materials for basketry use. She has since crafted an in-depth program that familiarizes students with the plants they use, in addition to teaching a variety of weaving, stitching, and dying techniques.
This class gives students the unique opportunity to learn basketry “from the ground up.” Classroom instruction is supplemented by field trips (including one overnight) to gather plant materials. Except for the overnight field trip, classes are held at the Earthwalk Northwest classroom in Bellevue, WA. More information about the program can be found here, and the schedule and curriculum overview are listed below.
Applications are already rolling in and class size is limited to 10 students. If you are interested in committing to this new seven-month program, please call or email us soon!
Schedule and Curriculum Overview
Regular classes are held from 9 am – 5 pm. Follow-up classes are held from 6 am – 9 pm.
Cedar Plaited Tool Pouch (follow up)
November 17 (Thu); 6 pm – 9 pm
Flat Twined Bag
December 9 – 11 (Fri – Sun)
Flat Twined Bag (follow up)
January 5 (Thu); 6 pm – 9 pm
Techniques of Birch Bark
January 27 – 29 (Fri – Sun)
February 17 – 19 (Fri – Sun)
Willow Basketry (follow up)
February 23 (Thu); 6 pm – 9 pm
Pine Needle Coiling & Natural Plant Dyes
March 3 – 5 (Fri – Sun)
Pine Needle Coiling & Natural Plant Dyes (follow up)
March 23 (Thu); 6 pm – 9 pm
Cedar Bark and Root Harvesting
March 31 – April 2 (Fri-Sun)
**Overnight field trip
May 5 – 7 (Fri – Sun)