with Jill Woods
Learn the art of basket making and weaving by making a footstool and basket to take home. On day one and two, students will concentrate on splint stool weaving. Students will complete one small foot stool in rattan reed splint to take home. Day three and four will be spent weaving a rectangular basket of rattan reed. Students will have a choice of making a market basket with a wooden handle or a tote with strap handles. There will be many color choices to allow students to create a basket uniquely their own. All supplies will be provided.
Jill Woods has been teaching basket making and chair seating for over 30 years. She is an accomplished basket maker and has been an active member of the Michigan Basketmakers Association for much of that time. Jill has written several basket patterns her making expanded into learning seat weaving techniques including splint, cane, rush, and hand twisted cattail. She started a wicker repair business in the late 1980s. Jill retired from Herman Miller in 2016 after 26 years as a pattern maker and re-opened a shop doing wicker repair and creating baskets for sale, among other things. She is a founding member and current president of the SeatWeavers’ Guild, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of seat weaving techniques. A supply list will be provided.