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Backyard Baskets: Coiling with Natural Materials

  • Warren Wilson College 817 Warren Wilson Road Swannanoa, NC, 28778 United States (map)

Many local plants lend themselves to basket making. In this workshop, we will create a coiled vessel using iris, daylily and grasses harvested from cultivated gardens and wild places. Coiling is a hand-stitching process that transforms a continuous bundle of fibers into a strong and versatile container. Found in cultures worldwide, it is a perfect technique to create one-of-a-kind baskets from plants growing in your backyard. Join us in this workshop to learn: which plants work well for coiling, how to harvest, dry and prepare fibers, stitching and finishing techniques. Each participant will complete a basket and leave with the skills to do this again on their own. Great for beginner basket makers and those with weaving experience that want to learn more about using local plants.

Workshop cost $120, Materials fee $25