basket weaving

Basket weaving


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Everyone had a great time at our recent basket weaving workshop.

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Participants were led by Linda Kirgis in creating a bread basket.

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Everyone was challenged and inspired in the creative process of making a basket.

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The baskets were very impressive.

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The process was simple yet required focus to detail as everyone worked at their own pace to create the bread basket.

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Maybe you can join us for our summer courses beginning in July.

Basket weaving


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Intermediate Basket Weaving

Instructor Linda Kirgis will teach a class on

“How to make an intermediate bread basket”.

Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.   All materials provided.

Class size minimum 5 maximum 8.

Bring a lunch, snacks and drinks.

Cost $15.00 before 2/6/15     after 2/6/15 $20.00

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Sign Up & Prepay for Winter Classes Today!

for more information call 419-935-3404  

Class Size is Limited

Cash accepted or make checks out to Kevin Casto

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Mail your registration to

Kevin Casto

                        802 S. Main St.                        

Willard, Ohio 44890

email theartjunction@yahoo.com

 

For more information contact Kevin Casto at 419-935-3404 or email: theartjunction@yahoo.com

The Art Junction is located at 2634 Prairie Street New Haven, OH. Next to the New Haven United Methodist Church.

 

The Art Junction is a community-based art education program designed to bring gallery space, local art exhibitions, lessons and creative opportunities to the Willard area for adults, teens, seniors, and children to learn to create together a better community! For more information on this or future programs at The Art Junction contact Kevin Casto M.A., Director, at 419-935-3404, email theartjuction@yahoo.com or visit our blog https://theartjunctionwillardohio.wordpress.com

Intermediate Basket Weaving


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Instructor Linda Kirgis will teach a class on

“How to make an intermediate bread basket”.

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Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.   All materials provided.

Class size minimum 5 maximum 8.

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Bring a lunch, snacks and drinks.

Cost $15.00 before 2/6/15     after 2/6/15 $20.00

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Sign Up & Prepay for Winter Classes Today!

for more information call 419-935-3404  

Class Size is Limited

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Cash accepted or make checks out to Kevin Casto

 

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Mail your registration to

Kevin Casto

                        802 S. Main St.                      

Willard, Ohio 44890

email theartjunction@yahoo.com

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For more information contact Kevin Casto at 419-935-3404 or email: theartjunction@yahoo.com

The Art Junction is located at 2634 Prairie Street New Haven, OH. Next to the New Haven United Methodist Church.

 

The Art Junction is a community-based art education program designed to bring gallery space, local art exhibitions, lessons and creative opportunities to the Willard area for adults, teens, seniors, and children to learn to create together a better community! For more information on this or future programs at The Art Junction contact Kevin Casto M.A., Director, at 419-935-3404, email theartjuction@yahoo.com or visit our blog https://theartjunctionwillardohio.wordpress.com

Basket weaving workshop


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Linda Kirgis led the beginning basket weaving workshop at the Art Junction recently.

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This workshop had participants of all ages from first graders to adults.

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There were many steps in learning the process of creating a basket.

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This was a fun, challenging and enjoyable Saturday morning as everyone learned something new.

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This was a very hands-on project as everyone learned the true meaning of creating a craft.

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A craft is a pastime or a profession that requires some particular kind of skilled work. In a historical sense, particularly as pertinent to the Middle Ages and earlier, the term is usually applied to people occupied in small-scale production of goods, or their maintenance, for example by tinkers. The traditional terms craftsman and craftswoman are nowadays often replaced by artisan and rarely by craftsperson (craftspeople).

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I was impressed by everyone’s dedication, attention and skill as every participant finished a wonderful, unique basket.

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We had a wonderful instructor and a great time of fellowship in the studio of the Art Junction.

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If this workshop interests you, join us for our next basket workshop at the Art Junction later this year!

Beginning Basket Weaving


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Beginning Basket Weaving

Instructor Linda Kirgis will teach a class on “how to create a small beginner basket”.

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Cost $15    Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014

We still have 2 open seats for this class!  Contact us today to save your place!

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9 a.m. – 1 p.m.    All materials provided.

Class size is limited to 8. Bring a lunch, snacks and drinks.

For more information contact Kevin Casto at 419-935-3404 or email: theartjunction@yahoo.com

The Art Junction is located at 2634 Prairie Street New Haven, OH. Next to the New Haven United Methodist Church.

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The Art Junction is a community-based art education program designed to bring gallery space, local art exhibitions, lessons and creative opportunities to the Willard area for adults, teens, seniors, and children to learn to create together a better community! For more information on this or future programs at The Art Junction contact Kevin Casto M.A., Director, at 419-935-3404, email theartjuction@yahoo.com or visit our blog https://theartjunctionwillardohio.wordpress.com

Beginning Basket Weaving


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Instructor Linda Kirgis will teach a class on

“how to create a small beginner basket”

Cost $15    Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014

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9 a.m. – 1 p.m.    All materials provided.

Class size is limited to 8. Bring a lunch, snacks and drinks.

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For more information contact Kevin Casto at 419-935-3404 or email: theartjunction@yahoo.com

The Art Junction is located at 2634 Prairie Street New Haven, OH. Next to the New Haven United Methodist Church.

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The Art Junction is a community-based art education program designed to bring gallery space, local art exhibitions, lessons and creative opportunities to the Willard area for adults, teens, seniors, and children to learn to create together a better community! For more information on this or future programs at The Art Junction contact Kevin Casto M.A., Director, at 419-935-3404, email theartjuction@yahoo.com or visit our blog https://theartjunctionwillardohio.wordpress.com

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Fall Workshops


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The Art Junction announces:

2013 Fall Workshops

Basket Weaving

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Instructor Linda Kirgis will teach an advanced beginner class on how to create a Bread Basket.

Cost $35    Date: Saturday, September 7, 2013

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.    All materials provided.

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Class size is limited to 8. Bring a lunch, snacks and drinks.

 

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Pumpkin Painting

Have fun painting a real pumpkin using many different techniques.

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All materials provided unless you wish to bring your own pumpkin to paint.

Cost $ 10.00  Date: Saturday, October 5, 2013 

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Drop in anytime between 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon -All Ages 

Must sign up by 10/1/13 to participate!

 

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Soap Making Workshop

Instructor Sue Wolfe, owner of Kait-Tana Soaps, will teach & lead

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participants on how to create 2 bars of soap and a 4oz bottle of lotion.

All materials provided!  10:00 a.m. – 12 noon -Ages 6 to 106 

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Cost $10.00  Date: Saturday, November 9, 2013

Must sign up by 11/4/13.

Class size is limited to 12.

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For more information contact Kevin Casto at 419-935-3404 or email: theartjunction@yahoo.com

The Art Junction is located at 2634 Prairie Street New Haven, OH. Next to the New Haven United Methodist Church.

 

The Art Junction is a community-based art education program designed to bring gallery space, local art exhibitions, lessons and creative opportunities to the Willard area for adults, teens, seniors, and children to learn to create together a better community! For more information on this or future programs at The Art Junction contact Kevin Casto M.A., Director, at 419-935-3404, email theartjuction@yahoo.com or visit our blog https://theartjunctionwillardohio.wordpress.com

Basket weaving workshop


On June 30th the Art Junction held it’s first basket weaving workshop.

Linda Kirgis led the workshop, teaching and demonstrating how to create a small, round reed basket.

What kind of basket should a Beginner start with?
Any simple structure will do.
The students in this workshop created a round made of flat materials. “Round” means a basket that has spokes in a radiating base pattern- like the spokes of a wheel. “Square” means any kind of simple square or rectangular base pattern- woven like a checkerboard. “Melon” means the structure wherein 2 hoops are placed within each other & assembled with God’s eyes patterns.

What are most baskets made of?
Antique American baskets have usually been woven of hardwoods like ash, oak & hickory. However, today most American basketweavers learning to weave use the tropical materials “reed” & “cane”. This is not to say that the hardwoods aren’t used, but they’re expensive and trickier to work with. Most patterns & kits will use reed and cane.

What are “reed” and “cane”?
Reed and cane are the products of the tropical vine “calamus rotang”. They’re harvested in various parts of Asia, then processed in factories into the different sizes of reed and cane. Reed is the inside of the vine, and cane is the outer bark. Cane is also the material used for woven chair seats. Flat reed comes in various widths as measured in fractions of inches: for example, 3/16″, 1/4″, etc. Round reed is measured in numbered sizes. Smallest numbers measure the smallest diameter. #1 is a very narrow weaver (spaghetti-sized), whereas #8 is a good sized spoke (almost pencil sized). Anything larger than #10 is generally furniture-gauged.

Why are basket materials used wet?
Basketry materials are too brittle to be woven in their dry state. When soaked for as little as 15-30 minutes, reed & cane become flexible and easy to manipulate without friction & breakage. 

How long will reed (and baskets) last?
Baskets can last indefinitely if stored in a moderate climate. Not too dry (not in an attic) and not too wet (not in a humid area). Reed, however, has its limitations. The only way to find out if your stored reed is useable for weaving baskets is to soak it for 15 minutes and try it out. If the reed is brittle and continues to break, it’s not worth weaving with.

If my baskets are dusty, what’s the best way to clean them?
Assuming that we’re not talking about priceless antique baskets from early native American periods, the easiest and most efficient way to clean your baskets is with a garden hose. Hose off the dust and let them dry thoroughly. Baskets can also be put in the bathtub so that they freshen up by absorbing moisture directly. Once again, rinse off the dust and let them dry completely to avoid mildew.

The participants did a wonderful job learning a new skill in this creative endeavor of basket weaving.  They also have a great new basket they have made.  If this sounds interesting to you contact the Art Junction to inquire about future classes in beginning and advanced basket weaving at 419-935-3404 or email theartjunction@yahoo.com.

Create your own Basket Workshop


Linda Kirgis will teach you how to make a small, round reed basket.

The basket will be from 5-1/2” to 8-1/2” in diameter (your choice) & will be woven from flat reed and round reed.

You will have the opportunity to weave in the color of your choice.

 Cost $25 includes all supplies.

We have extended the deadline -Sign up by June 16, 2012

The tools are simple and will be provided for your use during the class.

Class Size 6-8 people participants Ages 10 and up

 Date: Saturday, June 30, 2012 

9 a.m.-1 p.m.

(or until all baskets are completed.) Please feel free to bring along snacks,drinks or a lunch for yourself.

To sign up for this workshop email: theartjunction@yahoo.com  or call 419-935-3404