2022 Summer Retreat

The Northeast Basketmakers Guild is holding
its Summer Retreat on
Sunday, July 31, 2022

at Sunrise Park, Suffield CT

Our 31st 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.

Please register by July 11, 2022. Confirmation emails are sent when you register.

Registration is free for NBG members, and only $10 per class for non-members.  Children 16 and under who attend with an NBG member will not pay a registration fee (sign up for both classes under the NBG member’s account). Basket fees will be returned if notice is given before July 11. If a cancellation is received within 3 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.

Covid Precautions

Currently, the park does not have any COVID restrictions; Connecticut recommends vaccination.  Social distancing and masks are also recommended.


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
20 Pamela Rd
Portland, ME 04103


We have four great teachers joining us for this event:
Marsha Leavitt
Kathy Petronzio
Dona Nazarenko
Peggy Thrasher

Things to Bring

  • The tools that are required for each class are listed with each class.
  • 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.


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Intermediate Level

Sunday July 31, 2022
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

6 1/4” X 5” X 1/8” high

Prerequisites:  Have woven at least two twill baskets and enjoyed it

Stretch your brain making this Mad Weave mat.  You will first weave a flat 36 ribbon base, learning how Mad Weave is constructed.  Then the ends will be tucked into the back of the base creating a clean edge.  Felt will be glued onto the back of the mat for a neat appearance.  You may have time to make two mats.​

Materials Supplied:  Ribbons in assorted colors, felt

Tools Needed: Embroidery scissors, optional tiny alligator clips

Beginner Level
Pine Needles

Sunday July 31, 2022
9:00 AM - 1:30 PM

5” X 5” up to 8” X 8”

Prerequisites:  None

If you haven’t tried coiling pine needles yet, here is your chance to learn on a small project. If you have coiled before, you will have the opportunity to learn new stitches. Begin the coil with your choice of a walnut slice or clay base. I will make several polymer clay bases and beads for you to choose between. Choose your colors. You will learn the common stitch, diamond stitch, open wrapping and closed wrapping. Plus learn how to incorporate beads into your piece. Each piece is unique and the variations are endless.

Materials Supplied:  Pine needles, waxed linen, bases, beads

Tools Needed: Scissors or clippers, optional finger protectors

All Levels
Flat Reed

Sunday July 31, 2022
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

8” long X 7” wide X 6” high

Prerequisites:  None

There are many uses for this basket including the garden, for crafts, sewing, shopping etc.  This basket features a closed bottom and is woven in plain weave using natural reed. A long soft Shaker tape handle is sewn to the lashed rim. To get a bit fancy you will sew a button to one end of the handle and decorate the side of the basket with a mini set of metal garden tools (which are so, so cute).

Materials Supplied:  Flat reed, Shaker tape, decorations

Tools Needed: Regular basket tools such as:

Water bucket
Spray bottle
Heavy duty scissors
Tape measure
Packing tool (screwdriver or small butter knife)
Strong clothes pins
Old towel
Sur-form-shaver or sport like knife
Eyeglasses if you need them for sewing Shaker tape

Beginner Level
Flat Reed

Sunday July 31, 2022
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

10" Diameter

Prerequisites:  None

This is a fun basket that is woven over a divided tin tray on a wooden base.  The space dyed reed creates a striking color combination.

Materials Supplied:  Flat Reed, tray insert, Seagrass

Tools Needed: Strong scissors/clippers, clothes pins, flat screwdriver/packing tool, ruler, spray bottle, small bucket, towel