Schedule for Winter/Spring 2020

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 2017

Bark Basketry 2-day workshop

May 27, 2017 - May 28, 2017
Joan Carrigan’s Studio – Detailed directions provided at time of Registration, Salt Spring Island, BC Canada + Google Map
$225

Tree barks provide one of nature’s most beautiful materials for basket making. This course will begin with discussion covering the respectful harvesting of tree barks followed by hands-on preparation of cedar and willow bark. Using the bark you have prepared, participants will design and weave their own unique basket combining such techniques as plaiting, twill and twining. Sample baskets will be on hand for inspiration. Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Location: Joan's Studio on Salt Spring Island, BC. Directions…

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July 2017

Rib Basket 1-day workshop

July 15, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Joan Carrigan’s Studio – Detailed directions provided at time of Registration, Salt Spring Island, BC Canada + Google Map
$110

In this variation of a Rib basket we will be using a willow hoop for our rim and incorporating 2 side handles. The combination of dyed reed and seagrass for the weaving adds colour and texture. We will discuss use of natural materials and how to make your own cordage. This is an all time favourite basket! Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm To Register: email Joan at workshops@joancarrigan.com

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Wicker Basketry with a Wood Base 1-day workshop

July 16, 2017
Joan Carrigan’s Studio – Detailed directions provided at time of Registration, Salt Spring Island, BC Canada + Google Map
$110

Explore the sculptural design possibilities of the Wicker Basketry technique when starting with a wood base. Bases will be provided along with dyed round reed and a selection of natural materials 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 fun and creative experience. Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm To…

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August 2017

Small Scale Basketry Techniques 2-day workshop

August 19, 2017 - August 20, 2017
Joan Carrigan’s Studio – Detailed directions provided at time of Registration, Salt Spring Island, BC Canada + Google Map
$200

Over the course of 2 days we will be making several projects which employ twining, looping and knotting. These basketry techniques are well suited to jewellery and basketry forms. Using a selection of barks and waxed linen thread we will look at some of the many design possibilities within these techniques and participants will design their own unique creations. To Register: Email Joan at workshops@joancarrigan.com Time: 9:30 am - 4:00

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November 2017

4-Week Night Course – Wednesday nights November 8, 15, 22 & 29

November 8, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - November 29, 2017 @ 9:00 pm
Joan Carrigan’s Studio – Detailed directions provided at time of Registration, Salt Spring Island, BC Canada + Google Map
$175

Plaiting with Watercolour Paper, Pine Needle Coiling and Random Woven Basket In this 4-week course we will make 3 different baskets starting with the Pine Needle Coiled basket with a walnut slice start. The next basket will be a Plaited Basket with Watercolour Paper which has a shoulder shaping and decorative curls. The final basket we make will be a Random Woven basket using dyed reed. Dates: Wednesday nights - November 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2017 Time: 6:30 pm…

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February 2018

Honeysuckle Rib Basket

February 3, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Joan Carrigan’s Studio – Detailed directions provided at time of Registration, Salt Spring Island, BC Canada + Google Map
$100

This workshop is being held at my studio space on Salt Spring Island. The Honeysuckle Rib basket is always a favourite with everyone who makes one and is ideal for beginners. This basket is also called an egg basket and has many design variations and allows for incorporating a wide variety of materials. We will be starting with honeysuckle vine hoops and using dyed reed and an assortment of natural materials for added texture and design interest. To Register: email…

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June 2018

Bark Basketry 2-day workshop

June 2, 2018 - June 3, 2018
Joan Carrigan’s Studio – Detailed directions provided at time of Registration, Salt Spring Island, BC Canada + Google Map
$225

Tree barks provide one of nature’s most beautiful materials for basket making. This course will begin with a hands-on discussion covering the harvesting and preparation of local tree barks.  With a selection of willow barks and red cedar bark participants will explore techniques such as plaiting, twill and twining. Principles of designing a basket and variations in weaving patterns will be covered. Sample baskets will be on hand for inspiration. To Register: email Joan at mailto:workshops@joancarrigan.com Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm…

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August 2018

Basket Weaving: Techniques, Materials and Sculptural Explorations

August 6, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - August 10, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
ForestART, Ness Creek, Saskatchewan, Big River, Saskatchewan Canada + Google Map
$ 440

This 5-Day course is being offered through forestART: Art in Nature at Ness Creek 2018, Saskatchewan  Course Description: Basket weaving is an ancient skill found in all cultures. Within the world of basketry there exists a wide variety of construction techniques which employ a vast array of plant materials. This course will offer a broad introduction to techniques such as twining, cordage, coiling and random weave construction. An emphasis will be on the sculptural potentials of each of these techniques.…

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March 2019

Series of Mini Basketry Workshops

March 10, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Joan Carrigan’s Studio – Detailed directions provided at time of Registration, Salt Spring Island, BC Canada + Google Map
$45

I am very excited to be offering a Series of Mini Basketry Workshops held one Sunday Morning a Month from January to April on Salt Spring Island. These workshops offer a fun introduction to several different basketry techniques. Great for beginners but also a fun atmosphere to come and hang and weave together. Sun. January 13 – Open Weave Twined Basket  $45 Sun. March 10 – Covered Core Coiling with Yarn  $45 (rescheduled to this date) Sun. March 17 –…

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June 2019

Fine Twined Vessels – FULL

June 22, 2019 @ 9:00 am - June 23, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
Metchosin Summer School of the Arts, 650 Pearson College Dr.
Victoria, British Columbia V9C 4H7 Canada
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$331

This Course is being offered at the Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts. Register on their website. Soft natural plant fibres such as rush, sedge, cattail and flower leaves offer the basket maker a beautiful material for weaving fine twined vessels. Participants will have the opportunity to weave with these materials exploring various methods of starting round and square bases. The focus will be on twining techniques but within this there are many variations. Other weaving patterns such as…

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July 2019

Basket Explorations: Working with Round Materials – FULL

July 11, 2019 - July 14, 2019
Joan Carrigan’s Studio – Detailed directions provided at time of Registration, Salt Spring Island, BC Canada + Google Map
$400

Basket weaving is an ancient skill found in all cultures in a wide variety of forms. In this course we will be exploring weaving techniques associated with Round Materials such as round reed and willow. A variety of weaving techniques will be covered including open weave twining, waling variations, rib construction and random weave. These techniques offer a solid frame work allowing us to focus on shaping and pattern design. Demonstration and discussion will cover how to harvest and prepare…

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September 2019

Basket Explorations: Working with Flat Material

September 19, 2019 - September 22, 2019
Joan Carrigan’s Studio – Detailed directions provided at time of Registration, Salt Spring Island, BC Canada + Google Map
$400

Basket weaving is an ancient skill found in all cultures in a wide variety of forms. In this course we will be exploring weaving techniques associated with Flat Materials such as tree barks, wood/reed splints, cane and paper. A variety of techniques will be covered including plaiting, twills, diagonal plaiting and single sheet free form construction. These techniques offer a broad exposure to weaving with flat material and we will finish several projects of diverse approach and material. Demonstration and…

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October 2019

Willow Hoop Rib Basket

October 5, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Joan Carrigan’s Studio – Detailed directions provided at time of Registration, Salt Spring Island, BC Canada + Google Map
$110

This is a variation of an oval Rib basket which has 2 built-in side handles often called a potato basket. We will be using willow for the hoop and a combination of dyed reed and seagrass for the weaving. This is a lovely storage and display basket perfect for the kitchen or holding craft supplies etc. This workshop is being held at my studio on Salt Spring Island. To register: email Joan at info@joancarrigan.com  

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November 2019

Basketry Explorations: Working with Soft Materials

November 21, 2019 - November 24, 2019
Joan Carrigan’s Studio – Detailed directions provided at time of Registration, Salt Spring Island, BC Canada + Google Map
$400

Basket weaving is an ancient skill found in all cultures in a wide variety of forms. In this course we will be exploring weaving techniques and variations associated with Soft Materials such as rush, sedges, iris/daylily leaves, yarn and threads. A variety of techniques will be covered including twining, coiling, cordage, knotless netting and knotting. These techniques offer a broad exposure to weaving with soft material and we will finish several projects of diverse approach and material. Demonstration and discussion…

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February 2020

Twill Tote Basket

February 15 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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$120

Weave this lovely carrying basket for everyday use or keep as a decorative storage basket. This basket is woven with a twill weave using natural and dyed reed and has a sturdy swing handle. A great project for beginner weavers. This workshop is being offered at the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific in Victoria, BC To Register: Call HCP at 250-479-6162

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Wicker Basket with Wood Base

February 16 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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$120

Explore the sculptural design possibilities of the Wicker Basketry technique when starting with a wood base. Bases will be provided along with dyed round reed and a selection of natural materials 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 fun and creative experience. This workshop is being offered at the…

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Baskets: Working with Flat Materials – Full

February 27 - March 1
Maiwa East, 1310 Odlum Drive
Vancouver, BC Canada
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$495

This is a 4-day course being offered through Maiwa School of Textiles in Vancouver, BC. To Register follow the link to their website: Maiwa School of Textiles Basket weaving is an ancient skill found in all cultures in a wide variety of forms. In this course students will explore weaving techniques associated with flat materials, such as plaiting twill, flat and three-dimensional diagonal plaiting, and single sheet free-form construction. These techniques offer a broad exposure to basketry construction. Participants will…

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March 2020

Cedar Bark Pouch

March 14 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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$120

Come weave a beautiful individualized small pouch with plant materials harvested from the Pacific Northwest. I use my pouch to hold my cell phone so make sure you bring yours with you. We will begin with a discussion on how to respectfully harvest materials followed by a hands-on demonstration of how to prepare the materials including cedar bark, willow bark and sedge. Participants can design their pouch using different weave patterns presented which include a variety of plaiting, twining and…

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Willow Bark Point Pouch

March 15 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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$120

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 variations. Discussion and demonstrations will cover how to harvest and prepare these locally foraged materials. This workshop is being offered at the Horticultural Centre of the…

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Baskets: Working with Round Material – Full

March 26 - March 29
Maiwa East, 1310 Odlum Drive
Vancouver, BC Canada
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$495

This is a 4-day course being offered through Maiwa School of Textiles in Vancouver, BC. To Register follow the link to their website: Maiwa School of Textiles Basket weaving is an ancient skill found in all cultures in a wide variety of forms. In this course students will explore weaving techniques associated with round materials, such as open weave twining, wicker/wailing variations, rib construction, and random weave. These four techniques offer a broad-based exposure to basketry and permit experimentation with shaping…

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