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Landscape "Waste" Basketry Workshop

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Landscape "Waste" Basketry Workshop

Time: May 7, 2011 from 1pm to 5pm
Location: Hinkle house
Street: 1130 21st Street
City/Town: Bellingham
Phone: 360-961-8876
Event Type: reskilling, workshop, basketmaking, mothersday
Organized By: Irene Hinkle
Latest Activity: May 7, 2011

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Bring your mother for this Mother's day celebration event and share special time working with gifts from Mother Nature!  This workshop will use tree prunings, ornamental plant trimmings, and other urban landscape waste plant products to create baskets of the flat-woven variety, such as those seen in the picture. There will also be a demonstration on creating placemats. The workshop will tour a garden and urban landscape to learn to recognize, harvest, store, cure, and prepare common materials for weaving.  Each participant will receive enough previously prepared materials to weave one basket or mat. There will be a break for potluck snacks. Please bring weather-appropriate clothing, work gloves, one-handed garden snippers, and a snack to share. Fee is $30 or work trade by pre-arrangement. Enrollment is limited to ten, with any children ten-and-younger accompanied by one adult helper per child.

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Comment by Irene Hinkle on May 7, 2011 at 12:36pm
@ Jaren:  Sure!  We have room for that many and I've got the materials prepared already, so you're fine. Thanks for letting me know.  It looks like the weather might even cooperate for our urban tour of landscape materials good for basketry!  The weaving itself will happen inside so our fingers stay nimble and we can snack on home-baked rhubarb coffee cake while we weave!  See you soon!
Comment by Irene Hinkle on May 2, 2011 at 7:05am
@Jaren: I certainly understand the desire to participate in more than one of all the wonderful events happening simultaneously!  If you and your mom are content with doing just the landscape tour and materials preparation portions of the workshop, do come for just half.  If you want to weave a basket from what is gatherable in an urban landscape, you will need to be here for the whole workshop and maybe check the movie out and have a private showing another time. Whatever you decide, I hope you have a great time sharing with your mom for Mother's Day weekend!
Comment by Irene Hinkle on March 20, 2011 at 2:45pm

Hi Terese,


Thanks for signing up and for thinking of good materials for basketry.  Red osier dogwood is a prime favorite with basket makers because of its bright color and long, flexible rods.  Please do bring what you have and I can show the class a little about preparing that material.  We won't be able to use it right then since it needs a couple of months to cure, but it will be a great resource for future basket-making workshops.  I have space in my drying room for more rods, so I can take them for curing after the workshop.  See you then!

Comment by Terese VanAssche on March 20, 2011 at 2:06pm

Hi Irene,


Can you use lots of red osier dogwood branches for basket making?  We are cleaning out a lot of overgrown shrubs on my property in Ferndale and I don't want to just burn them.  We can save bundles and I will get them to you if you want them, at your workshop that I signed up for.




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