2018 Fall Retreat

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Fall Retreat 2019

October 26, 2019

Acushnet River Safe Boating Club

Fairhaven, Massachusetts

Fall Retreat

October 27, 2018

First Congregational Church

679 Old Homestead Hwy, Swanzey, NH 03446

Enjoy the autumn foliage in a charming New England town famous for its covered bridges. Come for a day of workshops for weavers at all levels. Leave with a completed basket. Enjoy weaving with good friends and making new ones. Beginners are welcome!


8:30 – 9:30 am

9 am – 4 pm
Basket Workshops

Four workshops are offered at a nomial fee.  Class times are varied.

12:30 – 1:30 pm
Lunch Break with NBG update.

Brown Bag Lunch (No refrigeration available. There are no local food options.)

What to bring

  • Basketmaking tools: scissors, flat head screw driver, pencil, tape measure, old hand towel, a dozen clothespins, a utility knife or hunting knife, a weight.
  • Spray bottle and water container
  • Brown bag lunch

NBG will provide coffee, tea and water. If you can bring food to share during the day, please let us know on the registration page.

Questions?  Contact co-coordinators Lyn Parker Haas  or Carolyn Noah .

2018 Workshops


Walnut Dish
Peggy Thrasher

Class Full

6 hours
All levels
Materials Fee: $30

Learn to coil with pine needles as you create this pretty basket. Beginning with a slice of a walnut shell, you will start with the wrapping stitch. You will learn to make the naturally spiraling chain stitch, and the wheat stitch will finish off your basket. Learn about different kinds of pine needles and how to prepare them. Some attendees will not finish the project in the class time, but you will have the information to easily finish on your own. Dimensions: 1”x3 ½”. Basket tools not needed, just bring a pair of small, sharp scissors.

Shaker Style Basket
Doña Nazarenko

Class Cancelled

6 hours
All levels.
Materials fee:  $48

Shakers are known for a variety of basket styles. I made changes to their and Lyn Siler’s version of the Shaker Bottom Basket in the size and shape but base technique is very Shaker.  It is done in natural reed with a handle, the simplicity and look of it is very pretty and unique.  Dimensions: 8”x12”x7”.

Riff Raff Holiday Basket
Joyce Flower

6 hours
All levels
Materials fee: $39

Have fun weaving this large rectangular basket woven with natural and dyed reed on a wooden “D” handle. Woven with various sizes reed , seagrass and a specially prepared 2” wide fabric weaver with a holiday theme. Various fabric weavers to choose from with Christmas and Winter prints on them. Dimensions: 12”x8”x9”.

Shaker Bread Basket
Mary Jo Rushlow

5-6 hours
Materials Fee:  $50

This lovely rectangular to oval basket is a reproduction of an old Shaker basket design. It is woven with flat reed staves, tiny flat oval weavers, half round rims and delicate close notched oak side handles. Students will weave row-by-row learning to scarf their overlaps. Learning to bring the sides of the basket gently to vertical will be emphasized to create the graceful lines of the basket. The basket rims will be fully scarfed to look like hand carved rims and then double lashed. Dimensions: 10”x4”x3”.

Accommodations Nearby

The Tartan Fox (bed and breakfast)
350 Old Homestead Highway, Swanzey
1.7 miles from Retreat

The Bridges Inn at Whitcomb House (bed and breakfast)
27 Main Street, Swanzey
3.3 miles from Retreat

Keene Hotel / Best Western Plus (breakfast included)
401 Winchester Street, Keene
4.1 miles from Retreat

Days Inn, Keene
3 Ashbrook Road, Keene (breakfast included)
5 miles from Retreat