2021 Summer Retreat

The Northeast Basketmakers Guild is holding
its Summer Retreat on
Sunday, August 1, 2021

at Sunrise Park, Suffield CT

Our 30th Summer Retreat will be a day packed with basket weaving and fun in a wooded lakeside setting. We look forward to seeing you and hope you will enjoy getting together with new and old friends in person and weave a fabulous basket.  We will observe the venue and Connecticut’s COVID related mask and social distancing requirments.

Please register by July 12, 2021. Confirming emails for classes will be sent out in mid July.

We encourage our students to join the Guild. Guild members pay a discounted class fee.  A person 16 years and younger accompanying an NBG member may attend a class paying the member fee. Class fees will be returned if notice is given more than 2 weeks in advance. If a cancellation is received within 2 weeks of the retreat, the weaver can arrange postage fees with the teacher to receive the basket kit by mail.  We encourage everyone to use the online registration and payment. Please log into the website before you place your order.

Covid Precautions

At this time, the park does not have any COVID restrictions; Connecticut recommends vaccination, social distancing and masks only if someone is unvaccinated.

The NBG Board requests that all participants send a confidential email to Robin (rai811@aol.com) stating:

  • I will be fully vaccinated by August 1
  • I will not be fully vaccinated by August 1
  • I prefer not to say whether I am vaccinated

Robin will announce whether or not ALL participants are vaccinated on August 1. If all participants are vaccinated, then masks will not be required. If any participant is not vaccinated on August 1, then all participants will be asked to wear a mask. Individual participants vaccination status will not be disclosed.


You can pay for your classes with a credit card through PayPal (you do not need to have a PayPal account) or you can make out a check to “NBG” and mail it to:

Kimberley Harding
56 Florence Ave
Arlington, MA 02476


We have three great teachers joining us for this event:

Dona Nazarenko
Jes Clark
Kathy Petronzio

Things to Bring

  • Basket Making Tools
  • Spray bottle and water container (NBG will have larger containers on site)
  • Brown Bag Lunch (NO REFRIGERATION)

Coffee, Tea, and water will be provided by NBG, and we would encourage a few of you to bring some individually packaged snack items for the day. Please contact Robin (email address below) if you would like to volunteer to help set up either of these drink/food items or help with set up and clean up.

We will have some great door prizes, too!

Any questions, please email Robin Ingram (rai811@aol.com)


8:30 – 9:00Registration – Please pick up your free parking permit at the gate to the park
9:00- 3:30Classes
12:30 – 1:00Lunch Break


NBG members and Summer Retreat teachers are welcome to set up a table to exhibit or sell baskets, basket related items or basket supplies. Please let Robin know if you plan to set up a table.

Class Skill Levels

When signing up for your classes, please be very careful about the skill levels and prerequisites listed for each class. We want you and your classmates to all have a good experience. If you are not sure if you are ready for a particular class, send us an email and we’ll help you to figure out if it will be a good fit for you.

As a general rule, follow this guide

First Basket Weaver has never woven a basket before.
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.

2021 Summer Retreat Classes

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Flat Reed

March 12, 2022
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM (with a break for lunch)

Diameter: 11", Height: 3 1/2"

Prerequisites: This basket could be made by a total beginner as well as someone who has made a few flat reed baskets. The new skill is filling the base with the diagonal weavers.

Weave a start-stop basket with sides flaring out just a little bit.  Shape and fit a rim.  Weave in fillers on the base that become cross stitches. You will have a choice of colors (green, blue or raspberry) for the fillers.

Materials Supplied: Flat reed, flat oval reed, sea grass rim filler, lasher, dyed reed, a few clothespins and cable ties.

Tools needed:

  • Table space large enough to lay out the wet spokes (initially 20" x 20")
  • Pencil
  • Sturdy scissors for cutting the reed
  • Measuring tape
  • Container for water to soak reed - I use a dishpan
  • Spoke weight or weight such as a can of soup for holding down the spokes while weaving the base of the basket
  • (optional) A few extra clothespins if you have them
  • (optional) A rasp or scraper if you have one

Intermediate Level
Flat Reed
Round Reed

This Class is Closed

January 29, 2022
9:00 AM -3:30 PM

Diameter: 5", Height: 7"

Prerequisites: Comfortable with Triple Twining.

This beautiful swirl design features triple twining using both flat oval and round reed. It begins with an octagon wooden base and has the capacity for holding lots of kitchen utensils. A mold is provided for you in class and can be taken home. Also learn this triple X’d rim using wax linen. Colors available: Gray (pictured). teal, burgundy, red, blue, hunter green, black and smoked.

Materials supplied: Complete kit, mold to take home and pattern

Tools needed: Scissors, flat Weave Rite tool, packer, tape measure and tapestry needle.

Advanced Level
Round Reed

February 5 - 6, 2022
1:00 PM -5:00 PM

Diameter: 9 1/2", Height: 4 1/2"

Prerequisites: Must have Round Reed techniques mastered such as setting up an all Round Reed base. Other skills that the student should be proficient in are triple twining and a braided rim.

This stunning colorful bowl is set up with an all round reed base with a Japanese weave in 3 different colors. Learn how to invisibly hide the ends of your round reed securely. The sides are triple twined and twilled using my flat oval Spring Space Dyed reed. The spokes are used to create this striking braided rim. Embellish with the pre-made flower with beaded center. Great size for serving snacks or rolls.  All kits will be the color of the picture.

Materials supplied: A complete kit with embellishment and pattern

Tools needed: Scissors, crimper, pointed awl, packer, tape measure, pencil.

Beginner Level

This class is full

February 19 - 20, 2022
1:00 PM -5:00 PM

Width: 4 1/2 - 5 1/2", Height: 3"

Prerequisites: None

You will learn to coil with seagrass on the edge of a hard shell gourd, how to apply knotless netting around the gourd and embellish with seahells. You can use the pre-drilled seashells provided or drill the holes yourself (a drill bit and shells will be provided).

Materials supplied:

  • Cut, Cleaned and Painted Gourd
  • 1/2” Tiger Tape
  • 3/32” drill bit
  • Seagrass
  • 6 ft. Bulky Wool Yarn Roving
  • 4 ply waxed linen cord
  • Beading thread
  • # 20/18 Tapestry Needle
  • Beading needle
  • Beads, Size 6 and 11
  • Seashells with predrilled holes

Tools needed:

  • 4 to 6 Craft Clamps (available from dollar store)
  • Pencil
  • Tape Measure
  • Cordless Drill
  • Scissors
  • Awl
  • Heat tool/hair dryer


Intermediate Level
Flat Reed

March 25 & April 8, 2022
1:00 PM -5:00 PM

Width: 8", Height: 5"

Prerequisites:  Comfortable with 2/2 twill

This double wall basket has a twill base woven in smoked and natural reed. The inside wall is reed, and the outside wall is seagrass. Students will have 3 options for rimming - Wrapped with a Rib, Chicken Tracks and Wrapped Rim Filler. Quite a sturdy basket - lots of 'aha!' moments and good tips.

Materials supplied:  Smoked and natural reed, seagrass

Tools needed: Spoke weight, knife or sure-shaver for rim, shears, awl.