Schedule for Winter/Spring 2022

All workshops are open to all levels of experience. Material costs are included in the workshop fee.

Pease note the location and method of registration for each individual workshop. Joan teaches at her studio on Salt Spring Island which is located on the north side of St. Mary Lake. Other workshops are held regularly in Victoria or at other locations as listed.

Each workshop offers exposure to its own set of techniques and materials within the fascinating world of basketry. We discuss the selection and preparation of materials, the historical and contemporary significance of basketry and ultimately I hope to share the fun and thrill that goes along with creating a three dimensional object by hand.

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July 2022

Rush Purse

July 8 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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Using local rushes, we will be weaving this adorable purse or handbag - perfect for any outing. This basket is woven over a mold which will be provided. We will explore how to weave an oval base and then explore variations of twining on the sides of the basket. Rush is silky soft yet strong....perfect for this project. The harvest and preparation of rush will be discussed, and other examples of rush weaving will be on hand. This course is…

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Woven Flower Vase Using Local Natural Materials

July 9 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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In this class we will be weaving a small bud vase in the spirit of Japanese Ikebana Flower Baskets. The local natural materials used include red cedar bark, sedge, willow bark and beargrass. We will begin with a demonstration and discussion on how to harvest and prepare the materials. We will explore variations of twining with a focus on shaping and design using the precious materials on hand. This course is offered through the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific in…

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August 2022

Cedar and Willow Bark Twill Cat’s Head Basket

August 12 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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This basket is woven with cedar bark spokes and willow bark in a continuous twill pattern. We will shape the basket in the style of a Cat's Head basket associated with Shaker baskets. These baskets start with a square base and are woven in a unique way to achieve a rounded shape. The rim of this basket is a decorative variation of a fold down rim using three strand twining. Approx. size: 5" x 5" x 4" This course is…

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Sculptural Basketry with a Wood Base

August 13 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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Explore the sculptural design possibilities of Wicker Basketry when starting with a wood base. Bases will be provided along with dyed round reed and a selection of natural materials such as bark to incorporate into this sculptural basket. In the process of weaving this basket, participants will learn control of shaping as well as a variety of weaving patterns. The rich variety of colour and design options makes for a fund and creative experience. This course is offered through the…

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