2017 Fall Retreat

Save the date

October 27, 2018

First Congregational Church

679 Old Homestead Hwy, Swanzey, NH 03446

This year’s fall retreat takes place just in time to 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 the company of new and dear basket weavers from New England.



8:30 – 9:30 am

9 am – 3 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. If you will be weaving the shoulder tote, bring a hammer!
  • 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 .

2017 Workshops

Light Weaving
Susan Dirsa

4 hours
All levels
Materials Fee: $55

We’ll make a 7” diameter (14” weaving area) by 25” lamp base.  Students will use 3-rod wale and step ups, with a choice of design options, including multi-colors, like the sample.  A metal lamp base and round reed will be provided, but not the lamp shade.  Basic tools are needed.  Who doesn’t need another lamp?

Shoulder Tote
Doña Nazarenko

6 hours
All levels.
Materials fee:  $40

I will show you an easy way to make one of my favorite totes which is not only quick and easy to do but looks great hanging when not in use.  Woven using natural flat and flat oval reed.  Add a decorative touch near the top. Has a shaker tape handle. Lots of fun to do.  (3 ½” wide x 8” long x 8” high with a 24” around.)

*Students bring a hammer. Must know the basics of weaving.

Wine Tote
Joyce Flower

6 hours
All levels
Materials fee: $37

Weave this handy wine carrier with a separate wooden attachment for 2 wine glasses. Woven on a wooden “D” handle with natural and dyed reed of varying sizes.  Learn to do a filled bottom and a woven divider inside the basket that keeps your bottles separated.  The basket is 12”x 6” x 9” (15” with the handle). Regular basket weaving tools are required.  Wine and wine glasses not included.  Sorry.


Celtic Knot Basket
Meg Kupiec


5-6 hours
Materials Fee:  $25

This 9” x 7” x 2” inch basket is based on a pattern by L. Zanger.  Woven with round reed, the base is an intricate Celtic Knot, which includes lots of twining, a four-rod wale, and the top finished with a 4-part braid.  Basic tools are needed.

Sign up today!

Download the 2017 Fall Retreat Registration Form

Accomodations 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