Basket Workshops

Tule Rush Hand Bag Workshop & Gourmet Lunch

1 Day –  Saturday September 23, 2017   10am – 6pm

This workshop is a chance to turn common elements of nature into impressive works of art. You will be weaving with tule rush which is a sedge that grows in lakes around southern B.C.  I have gathered, dried and prepared the tule rush and will be teaching the participants to use plaiting and twining techniques to create a beautiful shoulder bag with the addition of wild cherry bark, kelp and a braided leather handle.

Early Bird Registration before September 15  – $175.00 includes materials and lunch      

Regular price after September 16    $185.00  

Location: Cheryl Massey’s Home Studio 8605 Forest Ridge Dr., Whistler, B.C.                                                                                                            

To register call 604-938-3512 or   e-mail cherylmasseybaskets@hotmail.com               

Payment in full is due upon registration. I take Visa, Master Card, AMEX and e-money transfer    

Chef Denise Hughes will be serving up a delicious gluten and dairy free lunch for the day of your workshop.  If you have any other food issues please let us know

Would you like to host a workshop in your area? Cheryl teaches at her studio in Whistler, B.C. or you can contact Cheryl to arrange a workshop in your area.  See below for a list of workshops available. Please e-mail cherylmasseybaskets@hotmail.com or call 604-938-3512 to make the arrangements.  All workshops are open to all level of experience. Material costs are included in the workshop fee.

All of the material used in every workshop has been gathered by Cheryl from the forest, lakes and ocean.   You will discover the joy of weaving with red cedar bark, tule rush or bull kelp.  We will discuss the historical value of the material, harvesting and preparation.

“Teaching basketry is rewarding and very inspirational.  It’s exciting when someone announces, I love weaving, right in the middle of the class.  It puts a big smile on my face and warms my heart that this ancient art form can nurture the creative side of individuals who have been in search of exploring their artistic passions.”

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 Here is a list of classes I offer:

KELP BASKET – 1 Day (5 hours)

COST:  $85.00  includes materials

This charming little basket is perfect for holding pens and pencils.  Kelp will be woven using the twining technique with the addition of a shell for decoration.

Kelp wkshp $60

CEDAR BARK BASKET – 1 Day (4 hours)

Cost:  $100.00 – includes materials

Participants will learn the preparation needed to make the cedar basket.  We will use the plaiting and twining techniques to create a rectangular form.

cedar bark $60

CEDAR BARK, TULE RUSH & WILD CHERRY BARK – 1 Day (6 hours)

Cost:  $100.00 includes materials

Participants will learn how to prepare their own bark in order to begin weaving their baskets.  Tule rush and wild cherry bark will be incorporated into the basket.  You will learn the plaiting and twining techniques to create this tall rectangular form with the goal of completing the basket at the end of the class.

Cedar bark tule, wild cherry $75

CEDAR & KELP BASKET WORKSHOP – 1 Day (6 hours)

Cost:  $120.00 – includes materials

Weave a gorgeous cedar and kelp bread/napkin basket for your home.  Plaiting and twining techniques will be used to create this functional basket.

Cedar & Kelp $80

CEDAR BARK & KELP BASKET  – 1 Day (6-8 hours)

Cost:  $150.00 – includes materials

This workshop will awaken your creative juices by connecting the beauty of working with natural wild materials.   Participants will learn about the historical value of the cedar bark and explore how to gather the bark and transform it into strips for weaving.  You will also learn plaiting and twining techniques with the addition of bull kelp to create a rectangular basket.

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TULE RUSH ROUND BASKET –  1 Day (6 hours)

Cost: $100.00 – includes materials

Tule rush is a sedge that grows in lakes around southern B.C.  Participants will use plaiting and twining techniques to create a round form with the aim of completing the basket at the end of the class

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TULE RUSH HAND BAG –  1 Day (8 hours)

Cost: $150.00 – includes materials

Create a unique shoulder bag for yourself using locally gathered Tule Rush.  Participants will be using plaiting and twining techniques to create their bag with the addition of wild cherry bark, kelp and a braided leather handle.

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