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It was a great show in 2018. Thanks to all the volunteer power and amazing fans that make this one of the best fiber festivals in the U.S. Keep checking https://sheepandwool.com/schedule/  for the latest Festival Schedule. When our 2019 sched is ready, it’ll be there (check the dates). See you again in October!

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Thursday, October 18
 

9:00am

1-2-3 Twilled Basket With Braided Lashing - SOLD OUT
Students will learn how to layout a herringbone base using narrow stakes. The sides will be woven and shaped with a 1-2-3 twill weave that leaves a spiraling pattern up the sides of the basket. Manipulation and shaping of softer uprights will be taught. This basket will be finished with a braided lashing if time permits (as shown in image).
Dimensions of finished basket is approximately: 7”D x 5-6”H.
Skill level: Some basketmaking experience is suggested.
 


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 18, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  • Workshop Duration 6 hr

9:00am

Weave a Basket with Fabric, Wool, and Vines - SOLD OUT
This basket is a fiber lover’s dream! You will make a traditional Appalachian style ribbed basket with a twist– fabric and yarn will be incorporated alongside vines to create a fun and colorful look. 

We will start with a grapevine frame with god’s eye lashing and then use a choice of either a traditional or random weave techniques to give the basket a soft but sturdy construction. There is a lot of room for your individuality to shine in this basket and everyone’s will turn out a different size and shape (approximately 11” x 8” x 10”) 

Participants are encouraged to bring your own fabrics, roving, and yarn to use in the basket. You will go home with a finished basket. instructions to create many more, and inspiration to continue weaving!

Please note this workshop is held in a heated tent and your hands will be in and out of water.
Skill level:  Beginner, None, although it requires some fine motor skills and your hands will be in and out of water during the workshop.



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Thursday October 18, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
 
Friday, October 19
 

9:00am

Shoulder Pack - SOLD OUT
Here's a basket to take wherever you go and keep your drop spindle or small project with you. Students will learn how to weave a filled base as well as weave and shape the sides of a small traditional backpack style basket. The basket will be finished with a long leather handle, rims and lashing. 

Dimensions of basket are 11"high at the back and approximately 5" wide. 

Please note this workshop is held in a heated tent and your hands will be in and out of water.

Skill level:  Some basket weaving experience is helpful.

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 19, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  • Workshop Duration 6 hr

9:00am

Wild Basketry: Twining and Twill With Cattails and Bark - SOLD OUT
Do you want to explore the possibilities for creating baskets entirely with wild-harvested plants? 

In this workshop you will weave a sample basket using a variety of natural materials, including barks, cattails, iris leaves, and more seasonally available materials. You will be able to choose the shape and the pattern of your basket and have the choice of either making a functional basket or a sculptural piece. The overall size will be approximately 5” x 4” x 6.” 

Over the course of your sample basket you will learn a variety of techniques, including both a simple twill with flat pieces of bark and several methods of twining, in which two strands are alternatively woven around the stakes of the basket. 

During the workshop we will discuss how to identify, harvest, and prepare a variety of materials, as well as have hands on experience processing bark and vines. If you are inspired to create a deeper connection to the materials you use while making a beautiful and completely unique basket then this is the class for you. Everyone will leave with a completed basket, handouts and information on what was covered during the workshop, and inspiration to explore your local natural landscape.

Please note this workshop is held in a heated tent and your hands will be in and out of water.
Skill level:  Beginner -  although it requires some fine motor skills and your hands will be in and out of water during the workshop.


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Friday October 19, 2018 9:00am - 4:00pm
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  • Workshop Duration 6 hr
 
Saturday, October 20
 

10:00am

Coiled Pine Needle Baskets - SOLD OUT
In this workshop participants will work with longleaf pine needles to create a beautiful and refined basket using coiling. Coiling is an ancient technique in which bundles of material are sewn together in a spiral pattern using a wrapping strand to build the basket. In this basket, using a wooden round as the basket center, you will begin with a line stitch and soon progress to learn a variety of other stitches, including V stitch, wheat stitch, and core wrapping. 

Depending on the colors of waxed linen or embroidery floss you choose, the overall pattern and look of your basket will be totally unique. Overall size is approximately 4-5" diameter and 2"-3" tall. This workshop is great for either beginners or those who have coiled with other materials and want to learn stitch patterns and advance their skills.

Please note this workshop is held in a heated tent and your hands will be in and out of water.


Skill level:  Beginner,  although fine motor skills are required and your hands will be in and out of water throughout the workshop.
 


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Saturday October 20, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  • Workshop Duration 6 hr

10:00am

Sizeable Yet Slim Storage Tote Basket - SOLD OUT
This basket not only provides lots of room for you to store your supplies or carry your fiber project -measuring approximately 20” L x 6” W x 14” H (including the handle), it also conveniently fits into narrower spaces in your home or car. 

Participants will have an opportunity to learn how to lay out the base, to weave up the sides incorporating dyed accents and to rim/lash their baskets.

Please note this workshop is held in a heated tent and your hands will be in and out of water.
Skill level:  All levels are welcome.
 


Instructors


Saturday October 20, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  • Workshop Duration 6 hr
 
Sunday, October 21
 

10:00am

Counter Catch-All Basket - SOLD OUT
This practical and pleasing basket is a great introductory basket making project! Whatever your work area looks like, this basket is sure to be a welcome addition.

 Measuring approximately 5.5”w x 4”h, it is just perfect for holding your tools or containing some of that clutter so much a part of your creative efforts. Participants will have an opportunity to learn how to complete a basket that is started with a spoked base, one woven with a continuous weave, then rimmed, lashed and finished off with flexible leather handles. Can be made with either natural or dyed weavers.

Skill level:  All levels welcome.


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Sunday October 21, 2018 10:00am - 2:00pm
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597
  • Workshop Duration 4 hrs