2022 Spring Gathering Classes

The Spring Gathering will not be held in-person in 2022. Please see our letter here.

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Extra Meals

Friday dinner is included in the Friday registration. Saturday dinner is included in the Saturday registration. You may choose to purchase an extra dinner for your guest.

Saturday lunch is NOT included. You can purchase a Saturday lunch for yourself and/or your guest.

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Friday dinner is included in all Friday registration packages.  You may purchase an additional dinner(s) for your guests.

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Class Schedule

Friday Classes 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm and 6:30 - 8:00 pm 6 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

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.

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.

Friday Classes

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Flat Reed
$31.00


Sunday, July 28, 2024 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Length:  12", Width: 1"

Prerequisites: None

Practice your handle-wrapping skills while weaving three bamboo utensils with designs of your choice using dyed flat reed, waxen linen, hemp cord and other possibilities. You can carefully use these utensils for cooking or display them in your kitchen. Perfect for beginners or folks wanting to do more visiting than weaving at the Summer Retreat.

Materials supplied: Variety of 3/16" flat reed. waxen linen, hemp cord, bamboo utensils

Tools needed: Diagonal cutter or Exacto for trimming excess reed, scissors, packing tool for tucking in thread ends
Advanced Beginner Level
Round Reed
$50.00


Sunday, July 28, 2024 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Diameter:  4", Height:  6 1/2", Height with Handle:  9"

Prerequisites: Student should have some experience working with round reed.

The vase base is started using a basic round reed pattern. The sides of the jar are woven with natural round reed with the option of nine different colors of round reed to choose from for accents. Finish with a simple border or learn a 3 or 4 rod wale boarder.

Materials supplied: Quart wide mouth canning jar, copper handle, natural round reed and nine different colors of round reed if you choose.

Tools needed: Small round nose pliers, small pointed awl, scissors, tape measure
All Levels
Cane
$62.00


Sunday, July 28, 2024 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Length:  5 1/4" (Small-Medium) or 61/2" (Large-Extra Large), Width: 3/4"

Prerequisites: A basic understanding of weaving.

In this class you will create a beautiful Nantucket Cuff Bracelet that will be treasured for years to come. You will be working in cane and weaving in the Nantucket tradition.  If students finish ahead of schedule, they are welcome to purchase an additional kit ($40) and start on a second project.

Materials supplied: One 3/4 inch brass cuff, binder cane, carriage fine cane, choice of ivory or ebony acrylic end caps. Clips, washi tape, epoxy glue, and polyurethane.

Tools needed: Small pair of scissors, packing tools.
All Levels
Flat Reed
$74.00


Sunday, July 28, 2024 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Diameter:  12", Height:  7"

Prerequisites: Basic basket making skills

Starting on an 8" round wooden base, weave with natural and dyed reed of various sizes to match your 2" wide seasonal fabric strip. Fabric will be in various fall, winter and spring/summer patterns and dyed reed to compliment them. Basket is 7" tall and 12" across and is finished with leather bushel basket handles. Shaping will be emphasized so we have a nice round basket.

Materials supplied: Wooden base, dyed and natural reed, 2" fabric strip and leather bushel basket handles

Tools needed: Pencil, spring type clothes pins, a packing tool, tape measure and scissors.

Saturday Classes

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Intermediate Level
Flat Reed
$78.00


Friday, April 26, 2024 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Length:  12 1/4", Width:  11", Height:  7", Height with handle: 11 1/4" A fully closed bottom makes this basket not only sturdy but will keep all items inside. Woven into the sides are smooth leather handles. Round and flat reeds dyed in Marine Blue, Biscayne Bay, Hunter Green, Wine, Oak and Dark Walnut,  Black Hamburg cane lashing, gives this basket a pleasing flow of colors. Four rod wale and proper way to line up and square the base are some of the learned skills included in this basket. Materials supplied: All dyed reed, cane, handles Tools needed: Scissors, flat straight tip tool, clothespins, cables ties, spray bottle, tape measure, pencil
All Levels
Flat Reed
$75.00


Class Full

Friday, April 26, 2024 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Length:  36", Width:  15" This Large Twill Tapestry is woven on a preassembled hardwood frame. Choose your color then choose your design. There are several to choose from in the pattern or choose one of your favorite twill patterns and I will work with you to weave it on to your frame. This large twill allows you to change colors within your twill pattern too. Materials supplied: Hardwood frame, flat dyed and smoked reed, hardware for hanging the frame Tools needed: Basket shears, metal spring clips, spray bottle, packing tool, towel
All Levels
Shaker Tape
$60.00


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Friday, April 26, 2024 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Seat Length:  16", Seat Depth:  9 1/2", Back Height:  16", Seat Height: 8 1/2" Just the right size for Teddy and me to read together or share a cookie on. Woven with your choice of Shaker Tape or nylon webbing. Many colors to choose from, creating your own color combinations. Learn two different weaves; the twill weave on top and the checkerboard pattern under the seat. The pine double seat comes stained, varnished and ready to weave. Materials supplied: wooden frame, shaker tape and nylon webbing Tools needed: Scissors, HD packing tool, 1-4" clamp
Intermediate Level
Flat Reed
Round Reed
$55.00


Friday, April 26, 2024 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Diameter:  12", Height:  6" This basket begins by inserting spokes into a 7" x 10" wooden base with the help of a template.  It is woven in Autumn Spice space dyed flat oval reed and dark green round reed with some natural accents. Techniques include 3-rod wale with step-ups, 2/1 and 2/2 twills, overlays, and arrows. A dyed rim and waxed linen complete the basket. Materials supplied: 7" x 10" wooden base, 7mm flat oval natural, 3/16" flat space dyed reed, 3/16" flat oval natural, #2 round reed natural and dyed, 1/2" flat oval dyed, waxed linen thread, seagrass. Tools needed: Needle nose pliers, water, spray bottle, towel, clips, packers, tape measure, angle cutters, scissors, scraper and cutting board, and any other tools you find useful.
All Levels
Cane
Round Reed
$48.00


Class Full

Friday, April 26, 2024 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Length:  12", Width:  9", Height:  4" 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 border and a roped overhead handle. This basket is perfect for holding an arrangement for your table, your favorite bread, or my use - gathering my chicken’s eggs. Materials supplied:  Cane, dyed and natural round reed Tools needed: Awl, 10 - 12 clip clothespins, tape measure, scissors, diagonal cutting pliers, pencil, spray bottle
Intermediate Level
Paper
$45.00


Friday, April 26, 2024 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Diameter:  5 1/2", Height:  5 1/4" Prerequisites:  Twill and shaping experience The quatrefoil pattern and shaping will be discussed, as well as techniques involved in working with paper. Instruction to complete the basket and apply the rim will be given for those who run out of time. Those who complete the basket will be given the opportunity to apply a coat of polymer varnish for protection and added strength. Materials supplied: Pre-painted and cut paper for stakes, weavers and rim; waxed linen for rim filler and lasher, polymer varnish Tools needed: Sharp scissors, measuring tape, 26 alligator clips without teeth (or small, lightweight spring clips or plastic clothes pins -not wood), tapestry needle (blunt, large eye needle), something to pack with-small tool or fingernails
Advanced Level
Flat Reed
Round Reed
$35.00


Friday, April 26, 2024 2:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Length:  3 - 3 1/2", Width:  1 1/2", Height:  3" A sleigh basket in miniature. Completely woven with natural and dyed holiday colors, miniature bells and round reed runners. Materials supplied: All materials needed and pattern, plus tiny clothespins Tools needed: Reed cutters, tape measure, small clothespins. fine/small packing tool/awl, spray bottle, patience

Sunday Classes

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Intermediate Level
Flat Reed
$66.00


Saturday, October 14, 2023 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Length:  10", Width:  10", Height:  3" Prerequisites: Twill experience
The base of this tray has a striking pattern which is fun to weave. Students will learn how to lay out a twill base by either following the pattern or "seeing" the pattern. The sides can be challenging due to the short height, but we will get it done! Hints to make a rim "fit" will be provided. Students will choose from a variety of colors.
Materials supplied: Natural and dyed reed, waxed linen, seagrass Tools needed: Bucket for water, two spoke weights, measuring tape, scissors, twelve 2" spring clamps, packer, eight clothes pins, 8-12 cable ties, one large-eyed blunt-end needle, spray bottle
All Levels
Birch Bark
$51.00


Saturday, October 14, 2023 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Length: 4.75", Height:  4.25" Prerequisites: No prerequisites, though familiarity with bias plaiting is a plus
Weave an adorable squirrel ornament from birch bark for your holiday tree. Students will learn bias plaiting.
Materials supplied: Birch bark strips, waxed linen thread, ribbon, glue, markers Tools needed:  Scissors, ruler, micro clips (if you already have them) , narrow packing tool, craft knife
All Levels
Flat Reed
Round Reed
$50.00


Saturday, October 14, 2023 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Diameter: 6 ", Height:  7" Prerequisites: Students will be able to learn all the techniques during the class.
Traditional hen basket design is done on a 6" hoop.
Materials supplied: 6" hoop, two round reed side hoops, #5 round reed for ribs, flat/oval reed for weaving Tools needed: Awl, packer, scissors, spray bottle, small bucket for soaking reed
Intermediate Level
Round Reed
$41.00


Saturday, October 14, 2023 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Diameter: 5 - 6", Height:  2" Prerequisites: Round reed experience. Adept at twining and basic round reed borders
Using space dyed reed for the spokes gives this round reed basket a pop of color. Double wall construction makes for a very sturdy basket. Students will weave the inside wall, then using a rolled border to turn the spokes, weave the outer wall. Basket will be finished with a foot using another rolled border. Weaving techniques include tying a slath, Japanese weave, hidden join, twining, 3 and 4 row rolled border, and a few tricks so no joins are detected.
Depending on skill level, students may be able to start or complete a second basket.  Please bring $15 in cash to give to Debra if you want to make a second basket.
Materials supplied: #3 space dyed round reed, #1 and #2 round reed Tools needed: Cutters, round awl, flat awl, needle nose pliers, spray bottle, basin or bucket