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.
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:
20 Pamela Rd
Portland, ME 04103
We have four great teachers joining us for this event:
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 (email@example.com)
|8:30 – 9:00||Registration – Please pick up your free parking permit at the gate to the park|
|12:30 – 1:00||Lunch 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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2022 Summer Retreat Classes
First Basket/Beginner Level
This Class Is Closed
March 18, 2023
This Class Is Closed
February 16, 2023
This class has been cancelled
Prerequisites: Students should have experience weaving with waxed linen.
The inspiration came from It’s A Set Up in cotton cord. Students will weave a waxed linen base and make a waxed linen foot that will upright the spokes. The design is woven with three colors of waxed linen and ribbon accent between the different patterns. The inspiration for this basket was to teach students how the set up creates the different patterns. The rim is a double spoke braided rim. Techniques include triple twining, completing a row and setting up for next, spiral and stack pattern, and shaping. There will be discussion on understanding the different set ups in creating the patterns.
Students will have weaving to do between classes.
Materials supplied: Waxed Linen
Tools needed: Small embroidery scissors, Waxed linen packing tool with pointed tip, Tape measure. A personal light and magnifying glasses may be helpful.