Sat, May 08|
Biddeford Adult Education
Plaited Birch Bark Baskets
Learn the basics of diagonal plaiting to make a beautiful birch bark basket. We'll cover identification, ethical gathering, processing and weaving techniques.
Time & Location
May 08, 2021, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Biddeford Adult Education, 189 Alfred St 2nd floor, Biddeford, ME 04005, USA
About the event
Basketry is older than the written record: a truly ancient, global human skill. Around the world, various materials and styles of weaving, sewing, twining, and coiling have allowed for the creation of vessels, trays, plates, hats, shoes, clothing, and more. Weaving is an instinctive act; we all know how to do it - we just need to remember.
The bark of the paper or white birch tree may be used to make strong and beautiful baskets, hats, sheaths, buckets, and more. Learn to identify, gather, process and weave with this remarkable, strong, natural material. We'll practice straight and diagonal plaiting to make a small basket for the kitchen or garden. $45 includes all required tools, materials, and tuition.
NOTE: Due to the ongoing international COVID-19 pandemic, preventative measures will be strictly enforced. Please wear a mask or a cloth covering over your face, maintain physical distancing throughout the class, and do not attend if you are feeling unwell.
Space in this class is limited to 5 participants. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 available for paid classes on an as-needed basis and nobody will ever be turned away for lack of funds. All donations are tax-deductible.