Workshops

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RECENT WORKSHOPS

Recent Basketry Workshops Taught by Jane Milner:
Appalachian Egg Basket Class

 

This is my Rib-Style offering for this year and it is for all you folks who have chickens…

Cloverleaf Base Round Reed Basket Class
This is straight out of Flo Hoppe’s “Contempory Wicker Basketry” and is my offering for the round reed basketry class this year. Size is 8 1/2″ diameter and 3 1/2″ high.

 

Wendy’s Loom Bench Basket Class

When I went to the Basics Class at Vavstuga Swedish Weaving School in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, we had these indispensable loom bench baskets made by the Amish and sold at Vavstuga. It was the perfect place to put your scissors, extra bobbins for the boat shuttles, extra shuttles and your water bottle. A friend of mine, Wendy Jensen, teaches at Stowe Basketry Festival and at Vavstuga and she has made these baskets. This gave me the impetus to weave one of my own. We will be making a copy of the one Wendy made.
Size: Base is 9 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, height is 9″. 1″ Shaker Tape for handle.
This basket was designed for loom benches that have posts that stick up above the bench top, and uses Shaker Tape for the handle with a piece of #7 round reed as a keeper.
Cathead Basket

Below is of photo of a cathead basket. Turn it upside down, and the four feet on the bottom look like cat ears. You have two choices for the twill. A simple over 3 under 2 pattern, or the more complex but wonderful over 3 under 1, over 1 under 2, twill. The one in the photo is the latter. Through the magic of numbers, you can weave either pattern with the same number of spokes.

There will be two opportunities to join this workshop—Saturday, April 6 or Wednesday, April 10, and finish your basket day on Sunday, April 14th. We will be using 1/4″ dyed flat reed spokes (your choice of color) and natural 3/16″ flat oval for the weavers. The size of the basket varies, but should be about 10″ diameter and 10″ high. 

Wet Felting

Beth Leydon, a local artist and Guild member who uses the medium of wet felting to create her works, taught a wet felting workshop Sunday, March 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. at A Star Alpaca Ranch on Godfrey Lane in Grass Valley.

Learn the basic process of wet felting utilizing luxurious alpaca fibers blended with merino wool. Participants will create a lightweight, but warm scarf or wrap. The workshop cost is $65, plus materials which will available on site. To register for the workshop email Beth at fibergarten@gmail.com or call 530-368-1952. Once she lets you know there is room available, payment is due in full. If you need to cancel, a full refund will be made up to 7 days prior to the class date. For questions about the workshop content, contact Beth Leydon at fibergarten@gmail.com.

Since childhood Beth has been a maker and creator. In 2011 she was exposed to a simple felting technique and dove headlong into this ancient and ever evolving textile art form. She crafts one-of-a-kind pieces utilizing wet and nuno felting processes. Wool, yarn, silk, and other fibers are transformed into functional and wearable art.

 

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