You will learn the basics of Shaker basketry by making a basket of artists’ paper that is painted and cut into strips using a pasta machine. You will use these strips to weave a basket over a wooden mold. After it is tall enough you take it off the mold and make and lash on the rim of the basket with waxed thread. Once the rim is on you are done! I will take the baskets home and give them two coats of lacquer to stiffen and make the basket more durable. This process is smelly and can take most of a day as they need to dry between coats.
I will take the finished baskets back to the library in about a week so you can come and pick them up. Be sure and leave a phone # where we can leave a message or text to let you know when to come and get your creation.
Class is at the Burlington Branch of the Knox County Public Library. The class is free unless you have taken it before. Then there will be a charge of $7 to cover the cost of supplies used.
Class size is limited. Please register for the class so I know how much to bring!
To register: Call Burlington Brach Library at (865) 525-5431 or register at the circulation desk at 4614 Asheville Highway.