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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January 2023

Random/Wicker Woven Basket

January 21, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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$120 – $140

In this workshop we will explore combining two different weaving techniques to create a striking sculptural basket. First, we will start with random weaving the base of the basket using dyed reed. This weave is inspired by bird’s nests and offers many sculptural possibilities. The top of the basket will be woven with 2 and 3 strand twining and offers many design and shaping possibilities. This course is offered through the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific in Victoria, BC. Members…

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February 2023

Willow Hoop Rib Basket – Online Zoom Class

February 11, 2023 @ 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. A materials kit will be provided to each participant which can either be picked up at HCP or posted with shipping cost reimbursed to the instructor. This course is offered…

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Bark Basket – Online Zoom Class

February 12, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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 will 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. A materials kit will be provided to each participant which can either be picked up at HCP…

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March 2023

Adirondack Style Backpack Basket – 2 Day Workshop

March 18, 2023 @ 9:30 am - March 19, 2023 @ 4:30 pm
Stowel Lake Farm, 190 Reynolds Road
Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 1Y3 Canada
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$280

This workshop is being held at Stowel Lake Farm - Upper Barn - 190 Reynolds Rd. Salt Spring Island. This is a classic splint woven basket associated with the 19th century northeast woodlands. Today this basket is versatile for comfortably carrying and storing all manner of items. You will be using flat reed splints to weave the basket which measures 12" wide x 8" deep and 14" high.  Nylon webbing in a choice of colour will be on hand to…

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Basket Weaving with Rush and Soft Materials

March 25, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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 a variety of twining patterns. We will focus on control of shaping this basket without the use of a mold. 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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May 2023

Diagonal Plaited Baskets with Willow Bark

May 5, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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$120 – $140

In this workshop, we will be exploring two types of Diagonal Plaiting. Participants will weave both a square basket and a flat pouch. Diagonal Plaiting is super fun to weave and always feels like you are performing a magic trick. We will be using willow bark for each project. Discussion and demonstration will cover how to grow willow and how to harvest and prepare the bark in the springtime. This course is offered through the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific…

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Willow Bark Pouches and Vases

May 6, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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$120 – $140

We will be working with sheets of bark to form, stitch and bind the bark into pouches and vases. This is a creative workshop that uses and highlights the beauty of willow bark – Joan’s favourite basket material. Come with an open mind and creative spirit. Sample baskets will be on hand for inspiration. Each piece will be unique and offers an opportunity for creative exploration. This course is offered through the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific in Victoria, BC.…

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June 2023

Weaving with Willow – Rattle Weave Variations

June 3, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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$120 – $140

This is a great introduction to weaving with willow. Participants will be making several projects employing what is called Rattle Weave. Joan will provide the lovely fine willow for each project which she has grown and harvested. We will start with making several napkin rings, followed by a bird feeder and then a basket with a wood base. Discussion and demonstration will cover how to grow, harvest, sort and prepare willow for weaving. This course is offered through the Horticultural…

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Adirondack Style Backpack – 2-day workshop

June 24, 2023 @ 9:30 am - June 25, 2023 @ 4:30 pm
Joan Carrigan’s Studio – Detailed directions provided at time of Registration Salt Spring Island, BC Canada + Google Map
$280

This is a classic splint woven basket associated with the 19th century northeast woodlands. Today this basket is versatile for comfortably carrying and storing all manner of items. You will be using flat reed splints to weave the basket which measures 12" wide x 8" deep and 14" high.  Nylon webbing in a choice of colour will be on hand to provide the strapping. This sturdy basket is sure to become a favourite for years to come. Open to all…

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July 2023

Basketmaking with Local Natural Materials – 2-Day Workshop held at MISSA – Full

July 15, 2023 @ 9:00 am - July 16, 2023 @ 4:00 pm
MISSA – Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts, MISSA at Shawnigan Lake School
Victoria, BC Canada
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$422

Throughout millennia, the tradition of basket making has always been closely tied to the natural world around us. Nature offers an abundance of beautiful materials as well as inspiration for the basket maker. On day one of this course, we will begin with a hands-on discussion and exploration of how to respectfully harvest and prepare a wide variety of plants including tree barks, rushes, vines, and plant leaves. Participants will have the chance to learn the process of preparing western…

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August 2023

Willow Pouches and Vases – Summer Sunday Session Week 1

August 13, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Jane Stafford Textile Studio, 142 Richard Flack Rd.
Salt Spring Island, BC Canada
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$100

Summer Sunday Sessions is a Series of 3 Basket Workshops focusing on the use of Joan’s favourite basket material - Willow Bark. Each workshop will explore a completely different weaving technique. Week 1 -  We will be working with sheets of bark to form, stitch and bind the bark into Pouches and Vases. This is a creative workshop that highlights the beauty of willow bark. Come with an open mind and creative spirit. Sample baskets will be on hand for…

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Diagonal Plaited Basket – Summer Sunday Session – Week 2 – FULL

August 20, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Jane Stafford Textile Studio, 142 Richard Flack Rd.
Salt Spring Island, BC Canada
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$100

Registration for this workshop is Full – If you wish to be on the waitlist, fill out the form and check the waitlist box.  Summer Sunday Sessions is a Series of 3 Basket Workshops focusing on the use of Joan’s favourite basket material - Willow Bark. Each workshop will explore a completely different weaving technique. Week 2 - In this workshop, we will explore the technique of Diagonal Plaiting. Participants will weave a square basket using willow bark. Diagonal Plaiting is super…

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Pointed Pouch/Purse Basket – Summer Sunday Sessions – Week 3

August 27, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Jane Stafford Textile Studio, 142 Richard Flack Rd.
Salt Spring Island, BC Canada
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$100

Summer Sunday Sessions is a Series of 3 Basket Workshops focusing on the use of Joan’s favourite basket material - Willow Bark. Each workshop will explore a completely different weaving technique. Week 3 - We will be weaving this unique shaped Pointed 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 variations. Discussion and demonstrations will cover how…

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September 2023

Weaving with Barks and Other Local Natural Materials – Two Day Workshop – FULL

September 9, 2023 @ 9:30 am - September 10, 2023 @ 4:00 pm
Lions Hall, Salt Spring Island, 103 Bonnet Ave.
Salt Spring Island, BC Canada
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$280

Registration for this workshop is Full - If you wish to be on the waitlist, fill out the form and check the waitlist box.  Throughout millennia, the tradition of basket making has always been closely tied to the natural world around us. Nature offers an abundance of beautiful materials as well as inspiration for the basket maker. Tree Barks will be a focus for this basket, however, we will have a wide variety of materials to explore and discuss. On…

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November 2023

Adirondack Style Backpack – 2 Day Workshop

November 4, 2023 @ 9:30 am - November 5, 2023 @ 4:00 pm
Lions Hall, Salt Spring Island, 103 Bonnet Ave.
Salt Spring Island, BC Canada
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$280

This is a classic splint woven basket associated with the 19th century northeast woodlands. Today this basket is versatile for comfortably carrying and storing all manner of items. You will be using flat reed splints to weave the basket which measures 12" wide x 8" deep and 14" high.  Nylon webbing in a choice of colour will be on hand to provide the strapping. This sturdy basket is sure to become a favourite for years to come. Open to all…

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Twining with Local Soft Materials

November 17, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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$120 – $140

Soft materials such as rush, water iris leaves and flower leaves offer the basket maker a beautiful material for fine twining. We will be using a combination of these materials to weave a basket with a radiating spoke base. Variations of twining will be presented and can be incorporated as you design your own basket. Focus will be placed on how to control the shaping of your basket. Soft materials such as these are readily accessible in our gardens, roadside…

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Willow Stars and Hanging Lanterns Workshop

November 19, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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$120 – $140

Tis the season to make some willow stars and star lanterns! Joan will have willow on hand to make an assortment of decorative stars of various sizes as well as a willow hanging mobile which when strung with fairy lights makes a magical lantern. The shape of the mobile is a dodecahedron which incorporates the star pattern. Many variations within these shapes are possible. They make great gifts and will brighten up your home throughout the winter season. This class…

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December 2023

Willow Stars and Hanging Lanterns Workshop – FULL

December 10, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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$120 – $140

Tis the season to make some willow stars and star lanterns! Joan will have willow on hand to make an assortment of decorative stars of various sizes as well as a willow hanging mobile which when strung with fairy lights makes a magical lantern. The shape of the mobile is a dodecahedron which incorporates the star pattern. Many variations within these shapes are possible. They make great gifts and will brighten up your home throughout the winter season. This class…

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February 2024

Rib Basket with Handle – Registration is FULL

February 10 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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$120 – $140

This workshop is taking place at the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific in Victoria, BC.  To Register: Here's the Link to HCP Website This is a traditional European style basket used for centuries as a household gathering and storage basket. This version has 2 round oak hoops forming the handle and opening of the basket. We will be using natural and dyed reed along with seagrass and cordage. Although seagrass will be on hand, participants will learn how to make…

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Weaving with Barks and Local Natural Materials – 2 day Full workshop

February 17 - February 18
Lions Hall, Salt Spring Island, 103 Bonnet Ave.
Salt Spring Island, BC Canada
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$280

Registration is Full for this Workshop.   If you would like to be on the Waitlist fill out the registration form below - add your name and email and check the waitlist box. If there is enough interest I will the class again at a future date. Throughout millennia, the tradition of basket making has always been closely tied to the natural world around us. Nature offers an abundance of beautiful materials as well as inspiration for the basket maker. Tree…

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