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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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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 - March 1, 2020
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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 - March 29, 2020
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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April 2021

Zoom Presentation: A Basket Journey with Joan Carrigan

April 15 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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$25

Joan will be taking us on a visual journey, touching down on some of the highlights of her 30 years of exploring Basket Weaving. Along the way she will share her story of how she got swept up in the world of baskets; spotlight some of her influential teachers; take us on a few of her journeys of discovery; illustrate the diversity of basketry by sharing some of her favourite basket materials and how they are harvested and prepared; and…

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May 2021

Online Workshop – Willow Hoop Rib Basket

May 1 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 - August 29
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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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