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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May 2021

Online Workshop – Willow Hoop Rib Basket

May 1, 2021 @ 9:30 am
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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This is a traditional Rib Style Basket often called a Potato Basket constructed with a willow hoop and woven with a selection of materials including dyed reed and seagrass. This style of basket originates in Europe and is ideal for harvesting and storage. This is a great basket for beginners. Online via Zoom. Material Kits to make the basket will be provided and will be available for pick up at HCP at a confirmed date. If you do not live…

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Online Workshop – Random Woven Nest Basket

May 16, 2021 @ 10:00 am
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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Random weave is one of Joan’s favorite styles of baskets. The structure is beautiful, reminding one of birds’ nests. It is strong, durable and lends itself to sculptural forms in both small and large scale. We will discuss several ways of approaching this technique. A materials kit will be provided consisting of dyed round reed for the construction of this basket. Discussion will cover how to harvest and forage for other plant material suitable for this technique. Online via Zoom.…

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June 2021

Basket Weaving with Rush and Soft Materials – In Person Workshop At Horticultural Centre of the Pacific

June 29, 2021 @ 9:30 am
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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$120 – $140

We will explore weaving baskets with soft materials such as rush, sedge and flower leaves such as iris and daylily leaves. These materials are lovely to weave with and offer the opportunity to explore various twining patterns. Shaping soft twined baskets can be done with or without molds and both options will be presented. The ancient skill of making cordage will also be explored. Discussion will cover the identification of useful plants you might find in the garden, sustainable harvest…

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July 2021

Bark Basket – Online Zoom Workshop through the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific

July 11, 2021 @ 10:00 am
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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$120 – $140

Tree barks provide one of nature’s most beautiful materials for basket making. This course will begin with a discussion covering how to harvest and prepare local tree barks.  A materials kit with be provided which will include willow bark and red cedar bark along with waxed thread for twining. Participants will weave their basket using plaiting, twill and twining techniques. Great for beginners. This is an Online Workshop via Zoom. Kits will be available for pick up at HCP at…

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August 2021

Cultivated at Stowel Lake Farm Retreat

August 26, 2021 - August 29, 2021
Stowel Lake Farm, 190 Reynolds Road
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 1Y3 Canada
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I will be joining the celebrated Floral Artist and Author Christin Gaell, at Stowel Lake Farm on Salt Spring Island for a magical creative weekend bringing together workshops in floral arranging and basketry. This is a rare opportunity to explore the innovative 100-acre ecological community at Stowell Lake Farm, swim in the lake, start the day with yoga, enjoy the delicious farm meals and relax and recharge. Pure Heaven. For More Information: Cultivated at Stowel Lake Farm — CULTIVATED (cultivatedbychristin.com) …

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September 2021

ONLINE: Willow Hoop Rib Basket

September 11, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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$120 – $140

This is a traditional Rib Style Basket often called a Potato Basket constructed with a willow hoop and woven with a selection of materials including dyed reed and seagrass. This style of basket originates in Europe and is ideal for harvesting and storage. This is a great basket for beginners. This workshop is conducted Online via Zoom. Material Kits to make the basket will be provided and will be available for pick up at HCP at a confirmed date. If…

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ONLINE: Random Woven Nest Basket

September 25, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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$120 – $140

Random weave is one of Joan’s favorite styles of baskets. The structure is beautiful, reminding one of birds’ nests. It is strong, durable and lends itself to sculptural forms in both small and large scale. We will discuss several ways of approaching this technique. Discussion will cover how to harvest and forage for other plant material suitable for this technique. A materials kit will be provided to each participant consisting of dyed round reed for the construction of this basket.…

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ONLINE: Willow Bark Point Pouch

September 26, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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$120 – $140

Willow bark is a lovely material for basket weaving and this project is a perfect way to show it off. We will be weaving this unique shaped pouch/purse which is also beautiful to hang on the wall. We will incorporate other locally harvested materials such as sedges and cedar bark and explore techniques such as plaiting and twining. Discussion and slide show will cover how to harvest and prepare the barks. This workshop is conducted Online via Zoom. Kits will…

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In Person: Market/Harvest Basket

September 29, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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$120 – $140

This is a very sturdy rectangular splint woven basket with wood handle. It has an attractive plain and twill weave pattern and is a basket ready to be put to use. Great for shopping, garden produce, garden tools, storage etc. This basket is woven with natural flat reed. Discussion covering staining and dyeing options will be presented. This is an In Person Workshop held at the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific in Victoria, BC. Date: Wednesday September 29 Time: 9:30…

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October 2021

In Person: Rush Flower Vase/Wine Bottle Basket

October 27, 2021 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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$120 – $140

Using lake rushes (tule) create your own vase or wine bottle carrying basket. We will discuss the harvesting and preparation of rush which is a traditional European basket material. We will be using a mold to weave over, and participants will have the choice of including different open and closed weave patterns such as variations of plaiting, twill and twining and cross warp. This basket has a handle for carrying but it can also be designed to be a flower…

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March 2022

Online Course: Willow Bark Wall Pouch

March 26 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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$120 – $140

Willow bark is a lovely material for basket weaving and this project is a perfect way to show it off.  We will be weaving this variation of a point pouch designed to hang on the wall to hold utensils or a flower arrangement. Along with the plaited designs using willow bark we will also use locally foraged materials for twining patterns. Discussion and demonstrations will cover how to harvest and prepare these locally foraged materials. This course is conducted online…

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April 2022

Online Course: Random Woven Nest Basket

April 2 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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$120 – $140

Random weave is one of Joan’s favourite styles of baskets. The structure is beautiful, reminding one of birds’ nests. It is strong, durable and lends itself to sculptural forms in both small and large scale. We will discuss several ways of approaching this technique. Discussion will cover how to harvest and forage for other plant materials suitable for this technique. Workshop is conducted Online via Zoom. A materials kit will be provided consisting of dyed round reed for the construction…

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Online Course: Coiled Baskets with Soft Materials

April 9 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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$120 – $140

Coiling is one of the most portable basketry techniques and is friendly on the hands. We’ll be using tapestry yarn for our stitching material offering a colourful palette to explore different stitching patterns and shaping options - all of which provide endless design possibilities. This basket ticks a lot of boxes and should come with a Warning.…it can be addictive…in a good way. This course is conducted online via Zoom. All the supplies for this basket will be provided and…

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EartHand Gleaners Society – Knotless Netting: Dressing a Stone and Making a Pouch – 2 Evenings Wed. April 13 & 20

April 13 @ 7:00 pm - April 20 @ 8:30 pm
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This ancient stitching technique has been used to make pouches and bags in many parts of the world. In this workshop, participants will start by learning design variations of knotless netting using waxed threads worked over a smooth stone – thus Dressing a Stone. The second project will be creating a Small Pouch with the option of making it into a necklace. Traditionally this technique employed plant fibre cordage so for the second project you will have the option of…

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May 2022

Cattail and Water Iris Basket with Lid

May 28 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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$120 – $140

This basket is made with locally harvested materials including cattail leaves, water iris leaves and sedges. This round storage basket has a radiating spoke start and is twined over a mold to maintain the shape and size. Discussion will cover harvest and preparation of the materials. Suitable for beginners and Intermediate. This is an In-Person workshop which takes place at the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific in Victoria, BC. To register and for more information phone: 250 479 6162 or…

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Twill Woven Cat’s Head Basket

May 29 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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$120 – $140

The “Cat’s Head” basket has a distinctive elegant shape. It starts with a square base and moves to a round form which sits on four-pointed base corners. This is a traditional Shaker style basket with many variations on its shape and size and makes a beautiful storage basket. This version has a continuous twill pattern adding to its elegance. Choice of dyed reed spokes will be on offer. The size is approximately 11” wide x 8” high. Suitable for beginner…

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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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