Saturday, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Instructor: Nikki Applin

Skill Level: Beginner

Cost: $30, $12 for materials

We will weave a sweet little rectangular basket from reed (base 4×7 inches, top diameter 24 inches, basket height 5 inches). This basket can be used as a wall basket or as a stand alone on a counter. It features braided seagrass accent, and a round reed handle. Students will learn how to identify the right and wrong side of a piece of reed, and will become familiar with terms to describe various types and sizes of reed. Students will learn how to make the basket base, practice the “stop and start” weaving technique, create and lash the basket rim, and attach the handle.

Materials Supplied

$12 - which includes the reed needed to create your basket.

Supplies to Bring

Note: We will be using a pencil, a tape measure, about 12 clothes pins, scissors, a basket awl, a small bucket for water, and a towel. If you have these items and would like to use your own, please do. (The instructor will bring all that she has, but we may need to share during class.)

Class Size

Minimum: 6, Maximum: 8

About the Instructor: Nikki Applin

Nikki is a retired elementary school teacher and has making baskets as a hobby for the past 20 years. It all started when she attended an adult education class at a local school district. The intrigue of basketry for Nikki is that every basket is useful, every basket makes an amazing gift, and every basket is a personal statement. There is always more to learn, and there is much variety in weaving materials and techniques. Over the years, she has shared her love of basketry by attending basketry conferences, creating beginning basket designs and patterns, and teaching classes from her home. Nikki is a member of the Finger Lakes Basket Weavers Guild.