2020 Spring Gathering Classes

2020 Spring Gathering Classes

Class Schedule


Friday Classes 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm and 6:30 - 8:00 pm 6 hours
Friday Classes 1:00- 5:00 pm 4 hours
Saturday Classes 8:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 8 hours
Sunday Classes 8:00 am – 12:00 pm 4 hours

Weaving Levels

Beginner Weaver has little or no experience with the materials being used for that project. For instance, if you are an intermediate reed weaver but have never worked with pine needles before, then consider yourself a beginner for a pine needle class.
Intermediate Weaver is skilled at basic techniques with the materials being used.
Advanced Weaver has mastered all of the basic skills and is ready to try new techniques, fibers, shaping, and creative methods.

Tools to Bring

It is suggested that you bring your own weaving tools like scissors, awls, pencils, towel, water bucket, and measuring tape. Some teachers will have an additional tool list in the gathering web page class listing.

Find out about the 2020 NBG Spring Gathering teachers

Friday Classes

3” W x 36” – 48″ H
$65
All levels
6 hours

CLASS FULL
Andrea Abbott
Cobbwebber Broom

Materials: wooden broom stick, broomcorn, nylon twine, waxed nylon twine, lacquer

A cobwebber is a traditional broom used to sweep ceiling corners and hard to reach places. In this class, you will learn basic broom making skills including tying, plaiting and sewing your own cobweb broom using simple broom making tools.

Tools:  Knife/boxcutter/x-acto, scissors

9” W x 3” H
$65
All levels
6 hours

CLASS FULL
Jan Beyma
Nantucket Muffin Basket

Materials: cane staves and weavers, cherry base and rim

Students will learn the basics of setting up and weaving a Nantucket basket. Stakes and weavers are cane. Basket is woven over a melamine mold. The base and cheater rim are cherry and will be pre-finished. A tool kit and mold will be provided for class use.

Tools: Teacher will provide tool kit for class

 11″ W x 3.5″ H
$65
Intermediate
6 hours

FR-3
Anne Bowers
Star Basket

Materials: dyed and natural cane

Learn how to weave the classic Star Basket! The basket base is woven in a three directional pattern with a colorful overlay that enhances the stary shape. Although the base can be difficult to master, the teacher will show an easy way to weave it. Shaping is greatly emphasized. It has a dyed rim filler and is lashed with cane.

Tools: bucket, awl, shears, sharpened knife, pencil and spoke weights

11″ L x 11″ W x 10″ H
$50
All levels
6 hours

FR-4
Susan Dirsa
French Cross Storage Basket

Materials: flat reed, flat oval reed, cane and leather handles

This large storage basket is started with a unique filled-in base making it very sturdy. Woven up the side with rows of flat reed, rows of 3 rod wale and french randing with a cross in cane. It is finished off with a strong rim and leather handles.

Tools: Basic reed weaving tools

 

10″ L x 13″ W x 13″ H
$36
All levels
4hours

FR-6
Sue Muldoon
Rush Stool

Materials: rush fiber, cardboard, stool

Learn to rush a stool with fiber (paper) rush. Skills used in this class can be used to rush chairs with other materials: pretwisted natural rush, seagrass, paracord, twine, corded wool or whatever you can imagine.

Tools: scissors

 

 

12″ L x 9″ W x 4″ H
$48
All Levels
6 hours

FR-9
Diane Stanton
Oval Round Reed with Overhead Handle

Materials: dyed and natural round reed

When you make this useful oval basket you will learn many basic wicker techniques. Students will learn how to split spokes and chase weave an oval base. After adding side spokes the basket will be upsett with 3-rod wale. The side of your basket can be accented with dyed material in a 3-rod arrow weave. The basket is completed with a traditional rolled boarder and a roped overhead handle. This basket is perfect for holding an arrangement for you table, your favorite bread or gathering chicken eggs.

Tools: basic weaving tools

4″ H, 9.5″ H with handle x 6.5″ Diameter
$45
Intermediate
4 hours

CLASS FULL
Debbie Wilson
Tortoise Shell with Wrapped Handle

Materials: Cannon ball gourd, (will be cut, cleaned, dyed and drilled), round reed, dyed cane, flat reed

Twill weaving with dyed cane is done around the spokes of round reed and then all is set off with a unique border made from the spokes that are tucked into themselves. Continuous twill weave is taught along with how to keep the tension to form a tight weave against the gourd shell. Handle wrapping is also taught.

Tools: scissors, towel, apron, packers, awl, small clips, spray bottle, water bucket

10.5″ L x 10″ W x 6.5″ H, 14″ H with handle
$35
All Levels
6 hours

CLASS FULL
Pamela Wilson
To Market to Market

Materials: sharp oak “D” handle, flat and flat oval reed, space dyed reed, waxed linen

This basket is woven on a “D” handle, and features a solid bottom with crow feet. Several rows of twining begin and end the sides. The center section is a chase weave, woven with flat space dyed reed and flat oval reed. There will be an emphasis on shaping. The rim is lashed with waxed linen. For those new to the technique, chase weaving will be discussed and demonstrated in class. Student will have a choice of several colors of spaced dyed reed.

Tools: basic reed weaving tools

Note:  Pamela is teaching the French Randing Market Basket at the same time

14″ L x 9″ W x 8″ H, 14″ H with handle
$37
Advanced Beginner
6 hours

CLASS FULL
Pamela Wilson
French Randing Market Basket

Materials: Oak D handle, natural and dyed flat reed, flat oval and round reed.

This basket begins on an oak D handle and features colorful accents near the bottom and top with strapping accents and French randing in the center.  The instructor will explain and demonstrate this technique in class for those new to it.  Students will also have several choices for their accent colors.

Tools: basic reed weaving tools

Note:  Pamela is teaching the To Market To Market Basket at the same time

Saturday Classes

 

6 1/2” H (8” with knob on lid) X 6” Diameter

$95
Intermediate
8 hours

SA-2
Jan Beyma
Nantucket Treat Tin

Materials: Cane staves and weavers, woven over a galvanized tin that remains as part of the basket. Cherry base, rim and lid. Ceramic knob for lid.

Students will learn the basics of setting up and weaving a Nantucket basket. The basket will be woven over a galvanized tin which will stay in the basket. Base, rim and lid are cherry and will be pre-finished. Students will need to indicate on registration which type of ceramic knob they would like — dog, cat or plain white.

Tools: teacher will provide tool kit for class

12″ W x 17″ H
$90
Intermediate
8 hours

SA-3
Anne Bowers
Ribbed Rhododendron

Materials: rhododendron handle, dyed ribs, coir, various naturals, dyed seagrass and dyed reed.

Students will start this ribbed basket with the frame already together, but will weave entire basket themselves. A variety of materials are offered in several color combos — dyed ribs, dyed reed and seagrasses, coir, various naturals, jute, etc. Techniques include how to sight and insert ribs and how to change materials.

Tools: bucket, awl, shears, sharpened knife

36″ L x 15″ W
$70
All Levels
8 hours

CLASS FULL
Susan Dirsa
Large Twill Tapestry

Materials: wooden frame and dyed flat reed
 

This tapestry is woven on a preassembled wood frame. The teacher has a unique way to begin this tapestry and complete it without attachment to the frame. Front and back are woven – the front in a design, the back in a 3/3 twill. The tapestries will begin with smoked reed and will be woven with your choice of color and design. It will look perfect hanging on your wall horizontally or vertically.

Tools: basic reed weaving tools

 

12″ L x 12″ W x 12″ H
$25
All Levels
8 hours

CLASS FULL
Sue Muldoon
Josephine Knot Basket

Materials: round reed and flat reed

A great basket to carry, display and store items! Starts with an intricate Josephine’s knot and radiate the ribs out to create a rounded shape. No limits on your imagination. Use reed now, but use the concept to add other media(wool, fabric, cording, seagrass, etc.) to make a unique basket.

Tools: scissors or clippers

 

© Lance Keimig Photographics

4″ Diameter
$45
Intermediate
8 hours

CLASS FULL
Diane Stanton
Barks and Vines – A Treasure Basket

Materials: red cedar bark, elm bark, honeysuckle vines, waxed linen, beads (optional)

Your basket begins with a twill woven base of red cedar bark spokes. Students will twine with elm bark weavers around the base and then introduce the honeysuckle “vines” to the surface of the basket. The side of your basket is t-twined using elm bark to capture the vines to the cedar spokes. Students will use red cedar for inner and outer rims for the top edge of their treasure basket. After lashing the rims with waxed linen, students may choose to highlight their basket with an optional band of small beads. (This may be completed  after class.) Preparation and harvest of the natural materials included in this basket will be discussed.

Tools: basic weaving tools

7″ L x 7″ W x 6″ H
$55
Intermediate
8 hours

SA-9
Debbie Wilson
Twine and Twined

Materials: gourd (cut, cleaned, dyed and spokes glued in), round reed, waxed cord

Twine weaving is the order of the day with this gourd basket. This basket is twined on spokes inserted into a gourd base that is cleaned, dyed and sealed. Using round reed and waxed thread the design is curved to follow the base. Working with waxed thread and round reed together, shaping and spacing are emphasized with the sides rounded on two sides and straight on the opposing sides. Basic twining and triple twining are used to create this earth toned basket.

Tools: scissors, packing tools, towel, small clips, spray bottle, water bucket

2″ H x 15″ Diameter
$50
Advanced
8 hours

CLASS FULL
Pamela Wilson
Ribbon and Lace

Materials: dyed and natural round and flat oval reed, cotton cord

This tray is a mixture of round and flat oval reed with cotton cord accents. Students will learn how to go from a square base to a round basket without a cathead. Techniques include 3 rod-wale, the ridge weave, and the Japanese diamond weave. The rim is triple lashed with cotton cord. The instructor will bring kits of terracotta or royal blue and students may select their accent color from a variety the instructor will bring.

Tools: basic reed weaving tools and a spoke weight

Saturday and Sunday Class

16″ H with handle x 16″ Diameter
$55
Intermediate
12 hours

CLASS FULL
Sandra Kehoe and Jesica Clark
Asymmetrical Willow Gathering Basket

Materials: willow, wood or driftwood handle

In this course we will make an organically-shaped asymmetrical basket that is perfect for harvesting in the garden, foraging in the woods or bringing a snack to a party. We will go over how to make a perfect round base with a 3X3 slath and pairing, followed by a rounded upsett method with 3 rod waling. There will be a choice of weaving patterns to make up the sides, a modified 4 rod wale to strengthen the top and a woven border to finish. A driftwood or greenwood handle will be incorporated across the top and students may want to bring in their own pieces of driftwood for a special touch (if bringing your own, it should be at least 15 inches long and thick enough to make a sturdy handle). While making your basket, we encourage creativity in exploring shape and color. This class will be team taught to ensure each student will get plenty of attention and instruction. Students in this course should have some experience in weaving baskets with willow.

Tools: high quality pruners/clippers, bodkin, weights

Sunday Classes

 

2.75″ H x 3.5″ Diameter
$55
Beginner
4 hours

SU-2
Jan Beyma
Nantucket Tea Lights

Materials: cane stakes and weavers, cherry rim and base. Ceramic mold which remains part of basket.

Great tea light baskets or to put your rings in. Make one for yourself and give one to a friend. Students will make two baskets. One basket will be pre-started for you to finish the weaving. The second basket you will learn the basics of starting. Baskets will be woven over a ceramic mold which will remain as part of the basket. Stakes and weavers are cane. Base and cheater rim are cherry and pre-finished. Please indicate on registration if you weave left handed.

Tools: teacher will provide tool kit for class

9″ W x 24″ H
$75
All Levels
4 hours

SU-3
Anne Bowers
Verdigris Wall Basket

Materials: preformed frame, reed. Paint not included

This basket is a remake of a mid 1900’s floral basket. It is round in the front with a flat back. Round reed spokes are attached to a wood base prior to class. Students will weave with a combination of flat and round reed. Painting techniques will be discussed in class so students can successfully replicate the color in the photo.

Tools: bucket, awl, shears, measuring tape

3” H x 7″ Diameter
$25
All Levels
4 hours

SU-4
Susan Dirsa
Twist & Turn Snack Basket

Materials: drilled wood base, dyed and natural round reed

Class will begin by choosing a color and a stencil design.  After stenciling your drilled base, weave this 7” round basket with dyed and natural round reed. The sides of your snack basket are done in twining with a “twist and turn” technique, and finished with a final braid.

Tools: basic reed weaving tools

 

10” L x 13” W x 13” H
$45
All Levels
4 hours

CLASS FULL
Sue Muldoon
New England Porch Weave Stool

Materials: 7 mm flat oval reed, cardboard, stool

You’ve seen them, right? The big porch rockers, sad, with no seat? Learn the basics of weaving the New England Porch Weave on a stool. You will have a gorgeous natural material (reed) stool and a new skill. If you’re adventurous, you can become a chair nerd and start saving sad chairs and restore them to their former glory!

Tools: scissors

 

6.5” L x 2.5” W x 5″ H
$45
All Levels
4 hours

CLASS FULL
Diane Stanton
Shades of Brown Wall Basket

Students will be making an elegant but simple wall basket with an assortment of hardwood splints and weavers. The checkerwork base is woven with black ash spokes. The side weavers used will be various natural shades of brown – American elm wood and inner bark, black ash and black walnut weavers. Your basket will be completed with a beautiful hardwood handle, an elm bark inner rim and fragrant sweetgrass outer rim. Students may choose to lash with either black ash weavers or waxed linen. Sources of these elegant materials will be given.

Tools: pencil, scissors or diagonal cutter, small awl, small clips and/or clothespins, spray bottle, utility knife, small cable ties (if you have them)

9” L x 9” W x 5.5” H
$40
All Levels
4 hours

CLASS FULL
Debbie Wilson
Elegantly Off Center

Materials: gourd (cut, cleaned, dyed and drilled), waxed cord, Danish cord, tapestry needles

Students will learn how to do a basic coiling stitch to anchor cord onto the gourd and build up each row to “sculpt” a shape balancing a gourd that is naturally off center. It’s all in the placement of cord and stitch to create a balanced piece of art. No two will look alike upon completion though everyone will use the same techniques. Gourds used in this project are picked because they are off center and unbalanced. *If students do not finish, they will be able to do so with instructions given.

Tools: scissors, apron, awl

5” H x 12″ Diameter
$30
All Levels
4 hours

SU-10
Pamela Wilson
Fruit Basket

Materials: round reed

This is a handy bowl for the kitchen counter. This basket may be woven in several ways, so participants will have the opportunity to make a choice. Instructions are given for all options. The rim is finished with a braid, also with two options. Learn how to start a tight base that expands and how to do open work twining.

Tools: awl, spoke weight and needle nose pliers plus usual basket tools

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