Basket Weaving with Wendy Jensen

Sunday November 12th

9am-5pm

$80 Register here

(plus $40 materials fee to be paid directly to instructor)

Learn to weave the Williamsburg Basket

(photo above)

You will learn how to weave a basket base around a sturdy, preformed handle.  The basket walls are woven with a chase weave with an emphasis on shaping.  Rim fitting, scarfing and lashing will also be taught.  If time permits wrapping the handle will also be taught.

Wendy Gadbois Jensen

Basketmaker

 

Wendy G. Jensen is an award winning professional basketmaker living in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts.  She teaches workshops at many museums, crafts schools and conventions as well as in her own studio.  Her work can also be seen at several juried craft shows and gallery exhibits around the U.S.  Her work was most recently published in “500 Baskets” by Lark Books.  She has also had a piece of her work on the White House Christmas tree.

 

Wendy has been making baskets for over 25 years professionally, a passion that continues to take her to places to learn more about the craft and the unending possibilities of materials.  Working primarily in rattan, a tropical vine that is commercially available, her designs incorporate hand-dyed accents with a variety of shapes and weaving techniques.  All of her basket forms are shaped by hand without the use of molds. Wendy has been influenced by the historical splint basketmakers from this area, particularly the Shakers and Native Americans.  Her mainly utilitarian baskets range in size from small berry collecting baskets to larger more involved lidded urns.

 

Wendy has also been growing her own basket willow for the last 20 years. The growing of willow has sprouted her work into woven fences and garden trellises in addition to functional “farm” baskets.  She has studied with several willow basketmakers from England, Latvia, Denmark and the U.S.  In 2006 she traveled to Ireland to study with an Irish willow basketmaker and author, Joe Hogan.