Join us for a day devoted to the art, techniques and culture of NW Coast basketry. Learn about the materials used by indigenous peoples of the region. Hear how bark is harvested and try your hand at splitting the inner bark of Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata), “ Long Life maker”, the climax species of western temperate forests in our region. Make cordage from sweet grass (Schoenoplectus pungens), a sedge that grows in brackish water where fresh water meets the sea. Find out how fibers are obtained and prepared from dogbane (Apocynum cannabinum), stinging nettle (Urtica dioica), and fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium). Observe the splitting of cedar roots and cedar boughs, used in making burden baskets. See how the highly prized shiny leaves of bear grass (Xerophyllum tenax) are prepared for use in weaving.
Enjoy demonstrations of plaiting, twining and coiling, with Native examples of surface design such as imbrication, overlay, false embroidery, wrapped twining. Bring a basket from your collection to share, and learn more about its origins, techniques, purpose and materials. Find out where you can visit excellent collections of basketry in our region. Peruse reference books on NW basketry.
After lunch, volunteer basket weavers from PNWAS and the Northwest Basketry Guild will guide you in weaving a small simple basket from cedar bark, using plaiting and twining, with a rim unique to the NW. You can use the materials you prepared in the morning to incorporate into your basket.
Bring a pair of sharp scissors, a bandaid, pencil and a small towel. Bring your own lunch (& snacks to share - optional). Coffee & Tea will be provided by PNWAS
Date - Saturday March 5th, 2016 Time - 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location – Maplewood Rock and Gem Club, 8802 196th Street, Edmonds, WA 98026 See http://www.maplewoodrockclub.com/info for map. Space limited so sign up early!
Fees: (To cover rental of Clubhouse, materials & detailed instruction sheet) $50 for PNWAS members $60 for non members $20 for children
To reserve your space, please sign up ahead, & make payment to PNWAS via check or PayPal. Send checks made out to PNWAS to: PNWAS, 1219 Irving Street SW, Tumwater, WA. 98512.