Melon Basketry, 7/1

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Melon Basketry, 7/1

125.00

with Michele Hament

Saturday July 1st, 10-4

Limit 12 students

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Learn to construct and weave a unique, colorful and sturdy Appalachian-style ribbed basket using rattan, natural and hand-dyed reed, and sea grass. This basket, with a rattan handle, can be made in a variety of shapes, sizes and patterns. After making a ribbed frame, we will weave the sides with reed (which I dye in a variety of colors) and finish the body with pale green sea grass. At the end of the class you will have completed a beautiful and useful basket approximately 10” wide by 6” deep (not counting the handle.) 

I will discuss the use of other materials, including grapevine and wisteria for the handle. I will also provide instructional handouts and a source list. Feel free to bring anything you might want to incorporate into your basket, such as strips of fabric, thick yarns or any other flexible material.

Students should bring floral shears or small sharp pruning shears if they have them. If not we have extra to share. 

I am an El Cerrito basket weaver and teacher. My work was included in the book “500 Baskets” and I have exhibited in the US and internationally. I recently returned from my 4th trip to the highlands of Guatemala where I continue to work with Maya artisan women’s groups teaching them pine needle basketry. I love exploring the concept of basketry and working with natural and non-traditional materials and find that there are always new things to learn and limitless possibilities. See more HERE