June 29 and 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m.  This is a true “Basketweaving 101” class for those who have never made a basket before, taught by Marion Gray of Union. We will start with a brief overview of the craft of basket making, talk about various materials used in making baskets, and then get started on your first basket! We will be making this classic square –to-oval basket with beautiful Ash handle. It measures 5” high, ( 9” with handle), and 9×9” wide. Students will be able to choose their own colors to weave with, making each basket unique.

Cost for this class is $25 which covers materials as well as a donation to the Vose Library. Class size is limited to 8 students, but if there is enough interest there may be a second class in the fall. Please sign up at the library.

Helpful supplies to bring if you have them: 4 or 5” flathead screwdriver, cloth measuring tape, craft scissors/clippers to cut through fibrous reed, nail clippers, pencil, and apron. There will be some extras of these items that we can share if need be.

Marion Gray has been making baskets year round, now, for six years. She has taken many basketweaving workshops , including those at Haystack  Mountain School of Arts  and Crafts, John C. Campbell Folk School, and Arrowmont School of Arts and  Crafts. She creates baskets of Natural Reed, Brown Ash, and traditional Nantucket –Style baskets. Marion is a member of the Northeast Basketmakers Guild, The Center for Maine Craft, and the Lupine Cottage Artists and Craftsmen Co-op.

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