Schedule for Spring/Summer 2017

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

Willow Tension Tray 1-day workshop – FULL

May 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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$120 - $140
Willow Tension Tray

Willow is highly valued as a basket making material. We will begin with a discussion about how to grow, harvest and prepare willow for weaving. This project offers a wonderful introduction to working with willow and during this process you will create a gorgeous center piece perfect for serving or displaying your fresh garden produce. To Register: Phone HCP at 250-479-6162 Registration Fee: $120 HCP Members, $140 Non-Members Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm  

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Bark Basketry 2-day workshop

May 27 - May 28
Joan Carrigan’s Studio – Detailed directions provided at time of Registration, Salt Spring Island, BC Canada + Google Map
$225
Bark basketry 2 day in May

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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June 2017

Adirondack Style Backpack

June 10 - June 11
Coast Collective, #102 - 318 Wale Road
Colwood, BC V9B 0J8 Canada
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$276.50
Adirondack backpack 002

This is a classic splint woven basket associated with the 19th century northeast woodlands. This daypack size basket is versatile and comfortable for carrying and for storage. We will be using flat reed splints to weave the basket which measures 12” wide x 8” deep x 14” high. A choice of colour in nylon webbing will be used for the strapping. All levels welcome. Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm To Register: Register online at http://www.coastcollective.ca/classes-1/other-maker-classes/adirondack-reed-backpack Registration Fee: $276.50

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Bark Basketry – From Harvest to Weaving ANWG Pre-Conference 3-day workshop FULL

June 28 - June 30
ANWG Conference, University of Victoria, BC
Saanich, BC V8N 1B5 Canada
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Bark Basketry from harvest to weaving 3 day conference

Tree barks provide one of nature’s most beautiful materials for basket making. This course will begin with a hands-on discussion covering the respectful harvesting and preparation of local tree barks. With a selection of willow barks, red and yellow cedar bark, and other local barks, 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.

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July 2017

Knotless Netting – Dressing a Stone or Pouch – ANWG Conference – Half-Day workshop FULL

July 1
ANWG Conference, University of Victoria, BC
Saanich, BC V8N 1B5 Canada
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Knotless Netting

Learn this traditional basketry technique of knotless netting, (also referred to as looping) by dressing up a stone or making a small pouch. Using colourful waxed linen thread, we learn how to increase and decrease stitches as well as look at some design variations which incorporate beads or thin pieces of bark.

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Random/Wicker Woven Basket – ANWG Conference – 1 day workshop

July 2
ANWG Conference, University of Victoria, BC
Saanich, BC V8N 1B5 Canada
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Random Wicker Woven Basket

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.

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Rib Basket 1-day workshop

July 15 @ 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
Oval Rib Basket

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
Joan Carrigan’s Studio – Detailed directions provided at time of Registration, Salt Spring Island, BC Canada + Google Map
$110
Wicker Basketry Starting with a Wood Base

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

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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Basketry Process and Material Explorations I: Round Material 4-day workshop

August 29 - September 1
Joan Carrigan’s Studio – Detailed directions provided at time of Registration, Salt Spring Island, BC Canada + Google Map
$395
Material Process Round 4 day

In this course, we will be exploring weaving techniques and variations associated with twining and wicker construction. These techniques offer a solid framework allowing us to focus on shaping and pattern design. A variety of techniques will be covered including randing, variations of twining, open weaves and random weave. We will look at symmetrical and asymmetrical shaping with an emphasis on the sculptural potentials of three-dimensional weaving. Our base material will be dyed reed or vine rattan with a wide…

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September 2017

Twill Woven Cat’s Head Basket

September 10 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Coast Collective, #102 - 318 Wale Road
Colwood, BC V9B 0J8 Canada
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$133.70
Twill Woven Cat's Head Basket

Come weave a Classic Shaker Style storage basket in the elegant shape called a Cat’s Head basket. These baskets start with a square base with the basket resting on the four points of the base. It is woven in a unique way to achieve a rounded shape. We will focus on how to shape with the continuous twill pattern. This adaptation uses natural and dyed reed to emphasis the diagonal pattern of the weave. Register Online on the Coast Collective…

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Weaving a Decorative Basket with Watercolour Paper

September 23 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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$120 - $140
Weaving with Watercolour Paper

Watercolour paper is very strong and durable and offers endless opportunities for the basket maker. In this workshop, we will be plaiting with ¼” wide painted watercolour paper creating an attractive decorative vase with curl embellishments. Discussion will cover how to prepare paper for weaving. Variations of shaping and curl embellishments will be on hand for participants to choose their own design. To Register: Call the Horticultural Centre at 250-479-6162 Cost: $120 HCP Members    $140 Non Members

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October 2017

Hopi Style Wicker Tray

October 21 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Rd.
Victoria, BC Canada
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$120 - $140
Hopi Wicker Tray

We will be weaving a beautiful tray inspired by the Hopi trays of the Southwest. The attractive sturdy structure of this tray along with multiple colour and pattern options, offer the participant the opportunity to complete a unique functional and decorative platter. We will be using dyed reed and raffia to make this basket. To Register: Call the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific at 250-479-6162 Cost: $120 HCP Members     $140 Non Members

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November 2017

Twining a Bowl with Rush and Sedge

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

Soft materials such as rush, sedge and flower leaves offer the basket maker a beautiful material for fine twining. We will be weaving a small bowl employing a plaited base, variations of twining for the sides and lovely rolled border. This is a traditional European basket material which we have plenty of access to here in the Pacific Northwest. To Register: Call the Horticultural Centre of the Pacific at 250-479-6162 Cost: $120 HCP Members     $140 Non-Members

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Bark Woven Cell Phone Holder or Pouch

November 11 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Coast Collective, #102 - 318 Wale Road
Colwood, BC V9B 0J8 Canada
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cell phone holder

Weaving a beautiful individualized pouch or cell phone holder with local plant materials is very satisfying. I have carried my cell phone in a pouch like this for years and have had so many comments I thought it was time to share the fun. We will begin with a discussion on how to plan the project to fit a specific cell phone. Then we will weave and design the pouch using a variety of plaiting, twining and twill patterns. Local…

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