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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First Basket/Beginner Level
Flat Reed

Saturday, October 23
10AM - Noon and 1PM - 3PM

Length: 8", Width: 7", Height: 3 1/2"

Prerequisites:  No previous experience is needed.  This is a perfect basket for a beginner or someone who wants to complete a quick little fall project.

Skills learned in this sweet little basket include laying out a base and weaving start-stop rows on the sides.  After threading acorns on the waxed linen they are added between the spokes.  The basket is finished with a rim.

Materials supplied:  Reed, waxed linen thread, pre-drilled acorn caps

Tools needed: Bucket, sturdy scissors, flathead screwdriver or packing tool, measuring tape

All Levels/First Basket

This class is full

Saturday-Sunday,  Nov 13 and 14
1PM - 4:30PM

Length: 4 - 4 1/2", Width: 4 - 4 1/2"

Prerequisites:  This is a class for any level of weaving experience.  Coiling allows the weaver to stop at any time or keep on weaving until you run out of cord.

You will learn to open coil on a ready to weave gourd, how to start and stop the weaving, how to add thread, how to add beads, and how to close coil adding color to the design.

This class includes a video of the finish Jane uses on the gourd.

Materials supplied:  Kit includes pre-cut, cleaned and finished 4 to 4 1/2” gourd (ready to weave), hand dyed cord, beads, drill bit, needle, waxed linen thread and color, step-by-step instructions with detailed photos.

Color choices:

  • Metallic finish with three colors (purple, turquoise and blue), the cord is also dyed in those variegated colors then they pick the color of thread
  • Natural finish with a bronze finish gourd with natural cord, bronze beads, and brown thread.

Tools needed:  Students will need a drill, scissors, pencil, and sharp small point awl.

Please Note:  In some cases, when a member purchases this class they are also being charged the $25 membership fee.  If this happens to you, and you have already paid the membership fee we will refund the extra $25.  I'm trying to figure out why this is happening...  Peggy

Intermediate Level

This class is closed

Oct 27 1PM - 3PM
Nov 3 1PM - 4PM
Nov 10 1Pm - 4PM

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

Prerequisites:   Students must comfortable with twills, the ability to read a graph is very helpful. This is not a beginner weaver class, but it could be a first paper basket if the student is very comfortable with twills and has taken another virtual weaving class.

Working with ¼” strips of hand-painted paper, students will learn the basics of diagonal twill. Students will work on two baskets simultaneously. This virtual class will be split into 3 sessions:

  • the first (2 hours) Base Construction,
  • the second (3 hours) Turning Corners & Weaving the Sides,
  • the third (3 hours) Rimming Options.

In order to be ready to start each segment with minimal review, students may have some homework between session. Students must commit to doing this homework for the good of the group.

Materials supplied: Students will receive a 3mm packer and hand-painted paper and waxed linen for two complete baskets.
(Kit colors will be chosen randomly by the teacher. Please inform Annetta if there is a color you absolutely dislike or colors you absolutely prefer – I will do my best to honor these preferences.)

Tools needed: Blue Painters Tape, 12-15 toothless micro-clips small sharp pointed tip paper scissor, measuring tape or ruler, #24 tapestry needle.

Registration deadline:  October 14, 2021

Intermediate Level
Flat Reed
Round Reed

This class is closed

Tuesdays, November 2, 9, 16
8:30AM - 12:30PM

Length: 16", Width: 8", Height: 10 1/2"

Prerequisites:   Participants must know how to, and feel comfortable doing the following on their own: start/stop weaving, twining, rimming, and shaping the sides.

This beautiful basket is a treat a to weave.  Participants can choose how they want to design the sides and no basket is ever the same.  (See pictures from a previous workshop.) It is woven in flat reed, with start/stop rows, and twined with round reed.  It features oak carved swing handles and a separate lid.  There are three rims on the two pieces which are lashed with cane.  The instructor will include some 1/4" Flat Oval in the kit, however students may wish to use other sizes in their stash.   This basket is great for storing things, when it isn't going with you on a picnic.

The class will be held in 3 parts, 4 hours each.  In Session 1 we weave the base and start up the sides.  Participants will probably have homework after this session to get it up to the first rim.  Session 2 will include positioning the handles, doing the first rim, trimming the spokes, twining to the second rim, clipping and tucking, and rimming the top.  Again, there may be homework after this session for slower weavers.  In Session 3 we will weave and fit the lid.

Materials supplied: all spokes, dyed reed for the sides, extra 1/4" FO for fun on the sides, rims, cane for lashing, seagrass, and beautiful oak swing handles.

Tools needed:  The usual basket tools, including scissors, angle cutters, needle nose pliers, tape measure, spoke weight, lots of clothes pins, scarfer or something to trim rims, large packer, and anything else you like to use.