JULY 30 // SOFT FIBER BASKETRY

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JULY 30 // SOFT FIBER BASKETRY

71.00

10A-2P

Basketry has roots in many cultures. Locally we see the indigenous people using native grasses, needles, ferns, and fibers. This class will be teaching an adaptation of twined basketry that can be found in the Americas and in Europe, as well as on other continents. Soft fiber basketry allows you to reuse materials that may otherwise go to waste. We will learn a basic technique of twined basketry using natural fibers and recycled yarns. These baskets are great as water bottle or jar covers, as well as stand alone small baskets. More adventurous projects may include backpacks, bags and larger baskets. Raleigh’s favorite part of this craft is that we can carry a piece we’re working on anywhere, pull it out, and give it a few minutes or a few hours, and not lose our place or progress. Please bring along any retired yarns, jute, or similar cording material if you have it. Cut up shirts, blankets or other fabric can create wonderful scrappy soft vessels. All students will finish one small basket, with an opportunity to start a second basket to take home.

ABOUT RALEIGH

Raleigh has a background of working with her hands, designing, and creating beautiful things.  At 18, she joined her mother in the family jewelry business. Given skills, guidance, and a freedom to create through school and mentors led her life’s work, making with her hands. Her first spoon was carved at an Art of Mentoring in 2013.  Many thought she was crazy that she wanted to become a professional spoon carver. Since March of 2018, her focus has been to spend as much time with professional Green Woodworkers as possible, living in the UK to learn from the masters. She is now back in Sonoma, CA teaching at the The Hearth Folk School. Follow her on instagram @wild.roe.


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