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10/5/16 - Tick Tock Tick Tock.... Welcome New in 2016 Vendors!  Recent updates include: FiberFlame kids schedule, Cooking Demos (including a Chopped! star), and the Fiber Arts Demos, and equipment auction details.
NEW this year! 
Tractor Mac! will visit us with his be red tractor reading from his books to the kids. Also herding down from the Great White North is the CORPUS theater troupe to inspire our imaginations as sheep. Don’t forget, the official website is www.sheepandwool.com.

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Thursday, October 13
 

9:00am

Chevron Stitched Orb Basket - SOLD OUT
Limited Capacity seats available

Students will lay up a “cathead” base and weave with a chase weave using a round and a flat weaver. Shaping a round basket will be taught. Round reed dyed accent will be taught using a three rod wale technique. Rim fitting, scarfing and double lashing will be taught. 

Students will be able to personalize their basket by stitching on the three rod wale accent for a decorative finish on this useful basket.

Some work will be done standing but mostly sitting.  Please note that your hands will be in and out of water.

Basket dimensions: 13”D x 10”H

Contact Wendy with any questions by emailing wendygj@gmail.com.  

Experience level: workshop is appropriate for all levels


Instructors
avatar for Wendy Jensen

Wendy Jensen

Wendy G. Jensen Baskets
Wendy Jensen has been an award winning professional basketmaker living in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts for 25 years. She exhibits her work at juried craft shows and galleries nationally. She also teaches basketmaking at many craft schools, museums, and private facilities... Read More →



Thursday October 13, 2016 9:00am - 4:00pm
Bld D

9:00am

Wild Basketry: Coiling with Grasses, Cattails, and Leaves - SOLD OUT
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever looked around outside and wondered what you could make with the abundance of natural materials growing in your yard? In this workshop you will learn how to take grasses, cattails, daylily leaves, and so many other natural materials and create coiled baskets. 

Coiling is an ancient and versatile basketry technique used all over the world to create beautiful vessels that can be either decorative or functional. During the workshop we will discuss how to identify, harvest, and prepare a variety of local materials and then use them to create a unique basket. 

Cattails, grasses, ornamental foliage, daylily leaves and several other locally harvested plants will be provided for students to make their basket. If you are excited about using found natural materials to create art and learning a fun and unique new skill, then join us! 

Everyone will leave with a basket, the skills to create more pieces in the future, and inspiration to explore your local landscape. 

This class is appropriate for students at any level. Some hand strength and dexterity is required.

We will be working with your hands in and out of water.  

Any questions for Katie?  Email her at  katiegroveart@gmail.com.  

Instructors
avatar for Katie Grove

Katie Grove

Going out into the forests and fields, harvesting materials from nature, and sitting down in the sun to weave a basket is Katie Grove’s idea of a perfect day. She is an artist and educator whose passion is to guide people in connecting to their creative self through the combination... Read More →



Thursday October 13, 2016 9:00am - 4:00pm
Bld D
 
Friday, October 14
 

9:00am

Random Weave Egg Basket with Fabric and Vines - SOLD OUT
Limited Capacity seats available

This basket is a fiber lover’s dream! You will make a traditional Appalachian style egg basket with a twist– fabric and yarn will be incorporated amongst natural vines to create a fun and colorful look. 

We will start with a grapevine frame with 3-point lashing and then use random weave techniques to give the basket a soft but sturdy construction. I will share techniques for creating well-woven random weave while also maintaining a balanced look. There is a lot of room for your individuality to shine in this basket and I encourage you to bring fabrics and yarn that you love to incorporate into the basket. You will go home with a finished basket, instructions to create many more, and inspiration to continue weaving.

This class is appropriate for students at any level. Some hand strength is required.


We will be working with your hands in and out of water.   

Katie can be reached by emailing katiegroveart@gmail.com with any questions.  

Instructors
avatar for Katie Grove

Katie Grove

Going out into the forests and fields, harvesting materials from nature, and sitting down in the sun to weave a basket is Katie Grove’s idea of a perfect day. She is an artist and educator whose passion is to guide people in connecting to their creative self through the combination... Read More →



Friday October 14, 2016 9:00am - 4:00pm
Bld D

9:00am

Twilled Muffin Basket - SOLD OUT
Limited Capacity seats available

Students will lay out a “spoked” base using flat stakes. A continuous weave will be used to start this basket. The stakes are split and the weave will continue up the sides of the basket with a 2/2 twill pattern. Shaping techniques will be taught as the sides are woven. Rim fitting, scarfing and a decorative “braided” lash will be taught. Great basket for your sock project.

Some work will be done standing but mostly sitting.  Please note that your hands will be in and out of water.

Basket dimensions: 10”D x 4”H

Please email Wendy at wendygj@gmail.com with any questions.    

Experience level:  workshop is  appropriate for all levels

Instructors
avatar for Wendy Jensen

Wendy Jensen

Wendy G. Jensen Baskets
Wendy Jensen has been an award winning professional basketmaker living in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts for 25 years. She exhibits her work at juried craft shows and galleries nationally. She also teaches basketmaking at many craft schools, museums, and private facilities... Read More →



Friday October 14, 2016 9:00am - 4:00pm
Bld D
 
Saturday, October 15
 

9:00am

Footed Fiber Storage Basket - SOLD OUT
Limited Capacity seats available

Need a utilitarian yet aesthetically pleasing way to store your stash of yarn or fiber…or a method to contain all those scarves and mittens that seem to take over your hallway during the winter months?

This basket is the perfect solution!  The basket alone measures approximately 12”h x 12” w at the top.  The height including the feet and the handles is about 16.5”.   

Participants will be taught how to lay out the base and weave up the sides.  After incorporating the oak side handles, instruction will be provided on how to rim and lash the basket before inserting the feet at the end.

Level of experience – all levels

Please note:  Your hands will be in and out of water throughout the class.
Maryann can be reached to answer your questions by emailing  maryannwms@optonline.net

Instructors
avatar for Mary Ann Williams

Mary Ann Williams

I made my first basket late one afternoon after a challenging day as an elementary teacher…it was a disaster!  However I found this craft engaging and my twenty-five year relationship with basketmaking began.  I have increased my skills and love for baskets by seeking out and... Read More →



Saturday October 15, 2016 9:00am - 4:30pm
Bld D

9:00am

Introduction to Willow Basketry
Limited Capacity seats available

In this workshop you will learn how to use willow to weave strong and beautiful baskets. 

Using the techniques of two-strand twining and basic randing each participant will create a unique basic shaped basket that can be used for a multitude of purposes. Throughout the day we will cover how to identify, sustainably harvest, and prepare willow for weaving as well as how to propagate patches for continual use. 

Willow is a versatile and easy to use material that has been used by many cultures to create vessels for centuries. Join us for a day of laugher, community, and learning as we integrate this ancient knowledge into our lives. 

Everyone will leave with a basket, the knowledge and skill to continue weaving, and inspiration to explore the landscape. 

This class is appropriate for students at any level. Moderate hand strength is required.

We will be working with your hands in and out of water.    

Contact Katie by emailing katiegroveart@gmail.com with any questions.  

Instructors
avatar for Katie Grove

Katie Grove

Going out into the forests and fields, harvesting materials from nature, and sitting down in the sun to weave a basket is Katie Grove’s idea of a perfect day. She is an artist and educator whose passion is to guide people in connecting to their creative self through the combination... Read More →



Saturday October 15, 2016 9:00am - 4:30pm
Bld D
 
Sunday, October 16
 

9:00am

Tote-Al Function! - SOLD OUT
Limited Capacity seats available

This is just the perfect basket for the fiber enthusiast on the go…great for taking your current project to your pins and needles group meeting or for carrying your lunch to work.  

It measures approximately 5.5” w x 8’’ l x 7.5” h.  In class participants will have an opportunity to lay out a filled base, weave up the sides as well as rim and lash their basket.  

Dyed overlays for the design and Shaker tape straps will be incorporated at the end.

Level of experience – all levels

Please note:  Your hands will be in and out of water throughout the class.

Questions for MaryAnn?  Email her at maryannwms@optonline.net

Instructors
avatar for Mary Ann Williams

Mary Ann Williams

I made my first basket late one afternoon after a challenging day as an elementary teacher…it was a disaster!  However I found this craft engaging and my twenty-five year relationship with basketmaking began.  I have increased my skills and love for baskets by seeking out and... Read More →



Sunday October 16, 2016 9:00am - 4:30pm
Bld D