Spring 2020 Workshop Series

 

All workshops held in Winlaw at the Slocan Valley Threads Guild and are suitable for beginners. Please send an email to register or for more details: info@gwengraovac.com


Classic Round Basket
Sunday, March 22
10-4pm
$100

Participants in this class will weave a strong, functional round willow basket using a traditional technique called ‘stake and strand’. A true classic style, multi-purpose and sturdy.
Fresh, cultivated basketry willow in an assortment of colours will be used.

Easter Baskets – Rib-style
Saturday, April 11
10-4pm
$100

Participants in this class will create an egg-gathering basket using a rib technique. I find this style fun and simple, with less patterns to master than stake & strand. Many options for shaping/size.
A mixture of cured/prepared and freshly harvested willow will be used.

Easter Baskets – Rib Style
Sunday, April 12
10-4pm
$100 

(Same as the previous class.)

Participants in this class will create an egg-gathering basket using a rib technique. I find this style fun and simple, with less patterns to master than stake & strand. Many options for shaping/size.

A mixture of cured/prepared and freshly harvested willow will be used.

Classic Round Basket
Saturday, May 9
10-4pm
$100

Participants in this class will weave a strong, functional round willow basket using a traditional technique called ‘stake and strand’. A true classic style, multi-purpose and sturdy.
Cured and prepared cultivated basketry willow will be used.

Classic Round with Inset Handles
Sunday, May 10
10-4pm
$100

In this class we will weave a round basket and incorporate inset handles for ease of gathering. Very useful for a variety of tasks around the home and garden.  One of my “go-to” styles, a definite favourite.
Cured and prepared cultivated willow will be used.

 

About the Instructor:

Gwen thoroughly enjoys teaching willow basketry, offering classes for the past nine years at several venues in Ontario and British Columbia. She is excited to share the fun and satisfaction of working with such a supple, durable, locally available material. Passing on the skills and techniques of this ancient craft is an important aspect to honouring her teachers and ensuring basketry remains available to anyone with the interest to learn.