Basketmaking with Local Natural Materials

July 15 - July 16


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Basketmaking with Local Natural Materials

Basketmaking with Local Natural Materials

This is a 2-day workshop. Classes run from 9-4pm with lunch included (available 12-1pm).

Throughout millennia, the tradition of basket making has always been closely tied to the natural world around us. Nature offers an abundance of beautiful materials as well as inspiration for the basket maker.

On day one of this course, we will begin with a hands-on discussion and exploration of how to respectfully harvest and prepare a wide variety of plants including tree barks, rushes, vines, and plant leaves. Participants will have the chance to learn the process of preparing western red cedar and willow bark for their own basket.

On day two, we will cover the principles of how to design a basket in terms of shape, size, and pattern possibilities. A variety of weaving patterns will be presented for students to incorporate in their basket including plaiting, twill and twining variations.

Sample baskets will be on hand for inspiration.

Material fee includes all weaving materials needed for this workshop.  See student supply list for details.



  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Materials Fee: $60
  • Course Level: All Skill Levels
  • Course Prerequisites: Everyone welcome

Price: $422

This price includes daily lunch, material fees, applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars


Joan Carrigan is a full-time basketmaker and basketry teacher living on Salt Spring Island, BC. Over the past 30 years, her passion for baskets has led her to study, travel, and explore many different techniques and materials.

Joan has a love of both traditional techniques as well as for the sculptural and creative potential that the medium offers. Her inspiration comes from the plant materials she respectfully harvests from nature.


Click here to read more about JOAN CARRIGAN

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