2023 Summer Retreat

The Northeast Basketmakers Guild is holding
its Summer Retreat on
Sunday, July 30, 2023

at Sunrise Park, Suffield CT

Our 32nd 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 3, 2023. 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 3. 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.


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:

Stephanie Gage
93 Lakewood Drive
Belmont NH 03220


We have four great teachers joining us for this event:
Joyce Flower
Robin Ingram
Dona Nazarenko
Mary Jo Rushlow

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 Kate and Carol 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! Feel free to contribute a door prize of your own.

Any questions, please email Kate Carroll and Carol Welch (SummerRetreat@northeastbasketmakers.org)


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 Kate and Carol 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.


Registration is closed for the Summer Retreat

NBG Members – please log into the website before adding your registration. You must have purchased a 2023 membership to sign up for the Summer Retreat. 2023 memberships begin on July 1, 2023, but can be purchased now. If you are purchasing a membership at the same time as you sign up for the Summer Retreat, please put the membership in the same cart as your Summer Retreat registration. Sign up for 2023 NBG Membership here.

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2023 Summer Retreat Classes

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All Levels
Flat Reed

Sunday, July 30, 2023 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Length:  12", Width:  5", Height:  5" Prerequisites: None Weave a tote basket that is 12" x 5" x 12" high with Shaker tape handles and some choices of color in the weavers and tape. The tote is woven using start-stop rows. A great new trick you will learn while making this basket is how to add handles, adjusting them for your preferred length, before adding the rims! No sewing! You'll be able to use this tote for storage or for all kinds of shopping adventures. Materials supplied: Spokes, weavers, Shaker tape, and rimming materials Tools needed: Tools will be provided.

Intermediate Level
Flat Reed

Sunday, July 30, 2023 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Length: 5.5 ", Width:  5.5", Height:  8" Prerequisites: Students should be familiar with terms and some techniques but would like to learn shaping Using natural and dyed reed weave this graceful square base basket straight up then go slightly inward as you near the top. This will need attention as your spokes get very close together. Attach your rim and lash with waxed linen, embellish if you want using delicate lace Materials supplied: all materials to complete are included Tools needed: Spring type clothes pins Spoke weight Small spray bottle Cloth tape measure Sharp awl Sharp scissors Sur-Form Shaper Low water basin Needle nose pliers Towel Pencil

All Levels
Flat Reed
Round Reed

Sunday, July 30, 2023 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Width:  6", Height:  10" Prerequisites: Students should be comfortable with twining and shaping. Starting with a painted head with holes drilled for the stakes, twine with round reed for several rows and then weave the body of the snowman with 3/16" flat oval reed. Finish off the round reed stakes to create a base. Body is then spray painted with white spray paint. When the paint is dry we get to do the fun part, insert his arms and dress him with a summer "shirt", baseball hat, sunglasses and some other fun stuff. Materials supplied: Painted head, various sizes of reed, white spray paint and all snowman accessories, which can be a little different than pictured Tools needed: Scissors, packing tools, needle nosed pliers, face mask for doing the spray painting.  Also, please find 2 "arms": 2 branches that are approximately 1/4" in diameter and 9" long with offshoots at the end so he looks like he has hands. See picture.  

Intermediate Level

Sunday, July 30, 2023 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Diameter: 2.5 ", Height:  3.5" Prerequisites: Students should have basic basket weaving experience. Students will learn basic Nantucket basket weaving skills including how to insert staves into a wood base, taper the tips of staves, and weave over a mold. Materials supplied: Slotted wood base with finish applied, French blue yogurt jar, cane staves, cane weavers, ribbon, glue and scallop shell. Tools needed: Usual basketry tool to include- scissors (preferably small like embroidery scissors), ruler, pointed packing tool (i.e. weave rite, awl or tapestry needle), and scarfing tool for weavers if in the basketmaker's possession. The teacher will have extra scarfing tools to share.