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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Height:  6 - 7"  Diamenter:  6" Learn a lovely little willow basket, useful for holding garlic, dried flowers or any its and bits.  I have used mine to plant orchids into!  We will weave a small 3x3 slath with pairing and insert stakes with a novel and quick upset.  The sides are built up with a round of pairing, French randing, and more pairing before we finish off with a simple trac border and a handle/loop made from the stakes.  What you will end up with is a small but sturdy basket that is easily reproduced at home! Materials:  Willow Tools needed: A pair of clean, sharp high quality pruners - Felco 6 or something similar, bodkin, rapping iron and small weights. Jes will have some extras to lend to the class
Intermediate Level
Flat Reed

Height:  6 1/2"  Diameter:  8 1/2" at top

When making this double walled basket you are using double amounts of natural and dyed reed which equal double thickness.  Shaping this into a Cat Head can be tricky as the sides will increase then to reach the rim area the rows must decrease in size. The inside wall has “arrows” you can place those where you would like for an accent or leave them out.

Materials:  natural and dyed reed, wax linen and sea grass.

Tools needed:  Regular basketry tools
Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Flat Reed


Height:  3"  Diameter:  6"

This Nantucket style basket is woven over a blue and white Japanese bowl. Hamburg cane is used as the weaving material. There is a navy blue rim from 3/8” flat oval. You will lash the rim with waxed linen. This basket weaves up very nicely for an elegant basket.

Materials supplied:  bowl with ash base attached, reed, cane and waxed linen.

Tools needed: Regular basketry tools