2024 Summer Retreat

The Northeast Basketmakers Guild is holding
its Summer Retreat on
Sunday, July 28, 2024

at Sunrise Park, Suffield CT

Our annual Summer Retreat will be a great day filled with basket weaving in a wooded lakeside setting. We look forward to seeing you and hope you have a fabulous time getting together with old friends and making new friends while weaving a basket, bracelet, or spoons!

Please register by June 30, 2024. This ensures that the teachers will have enough time to prepare their materials. If your Summer plans change please check with us, we may be able to squeeze in a few people! Confirmation emails are sent when you register.

Registration is free for members and $10 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, minus a 10% handling fee, 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.  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
Kate Carroll
Marlene Pouilot

Things to Bring

  • The tools that are required for each class are listed with each class.
  • Brown Bag Lunch (NO REFRIGERATION)
  • Your individual cup/mug for tea/coffee/water (we will have some for those that forget)

Coffee, Tea, and water will be provided by NBG, we encourage a few of you to bring some individually packaged snack items for the day. Please contact Lisa 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. We will also have a “Free” table for those goodies that you don’t need anymore but that someone else will treasure.

Any questions, please email Lisa Johnson (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 Lisa 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.


NBG Members – please log into the website before adding your registration. You must have purchased a 2024 membership to sign up for the Summer Retreat. 2024 memberships begin on July 1, 2024, 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 2024 NBG Membership here.

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2024 Summer Retreat Classes

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All Levels
Flat Reed

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

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

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

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.