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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2022 Summer Retreat Classes

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Beginner Level
First Basket/Beginner Level
Round Reed

This Class Is Closed

March 18, 2023
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Diameter: 5", Height: 5"

Prerequisites: None

This simple twined basket is enhanced with glass pony beads. Each student can personalize where beads are added. A braided border is added to the top.

Materials supplied: 3" slotted base, #3 round reed for stakes, #2 round reed for weaving, choice of color of glass beads - Blue, Purple, Green, Red

Tools needed: Scissors, Awl, Water for wetting weavers


Intermediate Level
Flat Reed
Round Reed

This Class Is Closed

February 16, 2023
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Length: 10.5", Width: 8", Height: 5"

Prerequisites: Students should know how to do three-rod wale. Step-ups will be reviewed

This basket begins with an oak slotted base that students will insert spokes into, following a template. The sides begin with three-rod wale with a step-up. The main design is the Japanese diamond pattern, which participants will learn. It is done in round and flat oval reed.

Materials supplied: Oak oval slotted base 3.5" x 6.5", dyed #2 round reed, 7 mm & 3/8" natural flat oval reed, 1/4" & 3/16" natural flat reed, and sea grass.

Tools needed: Scissors, angle cutters, packers, needle nose pliers, clothes pins, spray bottle, scraper, & measuring tape.


Intermediate Level
Waxed Linen

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.