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Sat, Aug 17

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Merrymeeting Adult Education

Cattail Sun Hats

Learn to identify, regeneratively gather, process, store and make a folded basket of birch bark. We’ll use hand-gathered birch bark, pine and spruce roots for lacing, and brown ash to sew a rim on our folded birch bark baskets.

Cattail Sun Hats
Cattail Sun Hats

Time & Location

Aug 17, 2024, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Merrymeeting Adult Education, 35 Republic Ave, Topsham, ME 04086, USA

About the event

Cattails (genus Typha) are wetland plants with a unique flowering spike, and flat leaves that reach heights of 3 to 10 feet. They are one of the most common plants in large marshes and on the edge of ponds. Two species are most common in US: broad leaved cattail (T. latifolia) and narrow leaf cattail (T. angustifolia). Cattails are a wonderful plant: beautiful, edible in several forms, and excellent for weaving. Euell Gibbons famously referred to cattails as "the supermarket of the swamp." Cattail leaves can be used for baskets, cordage, sleeping mats, and much more.

Learn to identify, gather regeneratively, process, store and weave with cattails. We'll use cattails to weave a sun hat that will be lightweight, comfortable, and a beautiful work of art. You may want to pack a lunch for yourself to eat.

Space in this class is limited. Preregistration, along with a paid deposit, is required to reserve a spot in the class. Deposits may be fully refunded in the event of a cancellation a week or more before the class, if the space is filled. Refunds for last-minute cancellations are unfortunately not available. Please plan accordingly. Contact Rewild Maine at (207) 449-7738 or rewildmaine@gmail.com if you have any questions.  

Rewild Maine is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We depend on donations from the community to offer free classes and workshops and we are grateful for your support. Scholarships are always available for paid classes on an as-needed basis and nobody will ever be turned away for lack of funds. If you need financial assistance, please contact us. All donations are tax-deductible.

Instructor: Zack Rouda

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