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The Country Seat, Inc.
1013 Old Philly Pike, Kempton PA 19529
610-756-6124 - weaving@countryseat.com - www.countryseat.com

Class Schedule
Angie's Classes at Country Seat
Angie's Classes elsewhere
Class Calendar
Anne Bowers
Antler Baskets - Anne Bowers
Basic Basket Weaving
Billy Owens - White Oak Basketry
Birch Bark, Russian
Chair Seat Weaving
Char Ciammaichella
Coiling with Pam Wilson
Coiling on Gourds with Vickie Echols
Dona Nazarenko Classes
Gourd Classes
Judith Saunders - Bias Plaiting
Linda Scherz Allen

Nantuckets
Oak Baskets
Pam Wilson
Pati English
Pine Needle Coiling with Pam Wilson
Pine Needle Coiling on Gourds with Vickie Echols
Ribbed Classes
Saturday Classes
Seat Weaving
Suzi Nonn - Gourd Classes
Venie Hinson
Vickie (Echols) Hartman
Vladimir Yarish

Please note: We are open only select Saturdays. Please check our Calendar Page. All our events, normal and special hours for the year in one place.

Sign up for our Classes Email List on the Home Page if you would like to be notified when new classes are scheduled.

Classes with Dona Nazarenko
- September 7th, 8th & 9th, 2017

CHOOSE ONLY ONE CLASS PER DAY.

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Fancy Bushel Basket

Cost: $90
- Extra set of 4 feet $8

Class Level: Intermediate

Length of the class: This is an all day class from 9:00 - 5:00 with a break for lunch.

Description: This is practical and functional large reed round basket. 12 high x 14 across the top rim which is a 14 hoop has specially designed feet. Woven with flat oval. Very big basket that won awards.

Tools to bring with you: Normal basket tools including scarfing tool for 1/4 FO.

OR CHOOSE - Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Birch Bark Sampler of Three

Cost: $72

Class Level: All Levels

Length of the class: This is a 6 hour class beginning at 10:00 with a break for lunch.

Weave all three: Canoe - 9" long by 3" high Dipper - 13" long Mini Penobscot container - 2 " long by 1 " wide by 1 " high

Description: These projects are constructed with birch bark similar to those made years ago by New England Algonquian and Penobscot Natives. Much smaller in size and to be respectful changes have been made. Needle skills helpful, need an awl and tapestry needle. Birch bark is harvested by instructor on her property in VT.

Tools to bring with you: awl and tapestry needle

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Feather Basket

Cost: $62

Class Level: All Levels

Length of the class: This is an all day class from 9:00 - 5:00 with a break for lunch.

Description: 8" wide by approximately 8" high then varies with lid & handle.
Round basket that was used to hold flying feathers. Woven with reed , handle holds a woven non removable lid, allows to slide up and down easily. Pattern includes two round base style shapes; square and round bases, we will do the round base.

Tools to bring with you: Regular basket tools.

OR CHOOSE - Friday, September 8th, 2017

Extended Flare Basket

Cost: $62
- A lid is available for an additional $12

Class Level: Intermediate

Length of the class: This is an all day class from 9:00 - 5:00 with a break for lunch.

Description: 13-1/2" x 13" High x 42" diameter at widest point.
This round basket is a double-wall woven with dyed and natural reed. The outside will flare outward and the inside wall is woven straight upward.
The handle has a decorative braid which adds a nice accent to this whimsical style basket. Most should finish in class.
Limited colors available.

Tools to bring with you: Normal basket tools plus a packing tool

OR CHOOSE - Friday, September 8th, 2017

Birch Bark Sampler of Three

Cost: $72

Class Level: All Levels

Length of the class: This is a 6 hour class beginning at 10:00 with a break for lunch.

Weave all three: Canoe 9" long by 3" high Dipper 13" long Mini Penobscot container 2 " long by 1 " wide by 1 " high

Description: These projects are constructed with birch bark similar to those made years ago by New England Algonquian and Penobscot Natives. Much smaller in size and to be respectful changes have been made. Needle skills helpful, need an awl and tapestry needle. Birch bark is harvested by instructor on her property in VT.

Tools to bring with you: awl and tapestry needle

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

Mini Provender Basket

Cost: $58

Class Level: Intermediate/Advanced - Experience with twills very helpful

Length of the class: This is a 6 hour class beginning at 9:00 with a break for lunch.

Description: 9-1/2" x 6" Wide x 9-1/2" H (including handle)
Start with a natural reed 2/2 twill base, later adding color. Twining and lashing finish this woven rectangular base. Attach accents of a specially designed wood bottom to make this small provender stand elegantly.

Tools to bring with you: Normal basket tools plus a packing tool.

OR CHOOSE - Saturday, September 9th, 2017

Birch Bark Sampler of Three

Cost: $72

Class Level: All Levels

Length of the class: This is a 6 hour class beginning at 10:00 with a break for lunch.

Weave all three: Canoe 9" long by 3" high Dipper 13" long Mini Penobscot container 2 " long by 1 " wide by 1 " high

Description: These projects are constructed with birch bark similar to those made years ago by New England Algonquian and Penobscot Natives. Much smaller in size and to be respectful changes have been made. Needle skills helpful, need an awl and tapestry needle. Birch bark is harvested by instructor on her property in VT.

Tools to bring with you: awl and tapestry needle

Cancellation Policy ~ Cancellation with-in the two weeks prior to class - instructor will ship all materials needed to complete one basket along with the pattern needed for that basket, the student is responsible for postage.
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Maximum of 12 students, please do not wait to register.

All fees must be paid in advance to reserve your space in class.

Print a Registration Page, e-mail or call (610-756-6124) to register.
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(Pre-registration is required for all classes)

9am - 5pm each day

$35 Tuition per day - materials fee listed as Kit Price with each basket below.

Tuition fees are due at the time of registration.
Materials fees paid to Linda the first day of class.

Please choose ONE (or two if 4 hour classes) basket from the list below per day.

Bellsu

Kit $30.00
6 hour - Intermediate
2" x 4" base, 3 " x 4 " top, 2 3/8"H

Linda will have the solid wood base with flat oval spokes glued in ready to weave. Triple twine with cotton cord, add ribbon accent and complete with a folded rim. Emphasis on shaping, pattern, and tension while weaving. Linda will demonstrate and teach her techniques for completing a row, setting up for the next and more. Students should have twining experience prior to class.

Tools: Small scissors, waxed linen packing tool, tape measure, 6 micro-clips, optional personal light magnifying glasses

Ocean Breeze

Kit $37.00
8 hour - Intermediate
3 base, 5 top D, 3 to 3 H

Students will triple twine with three colors of cotton cord, and then Japanese diamond weave with maple and waxed linen. Complete with a traditional rim, braid cotton cord for rim filler and lash with waxed linen. Add a few beads to compliment the colors in your basket. Color choice shades of blues or greens. Techniques to be taught in class include triple twine, Japanese diamond weave, braiding, rim fitting and lashing.

Students bring regular basket tools.

Zig Zag N Fold

Kit $28.00
4 hour - Beginner to Intermediate
3D x 1 5/8H

Linda will have the flat oval spokes glued in your solid wood slotted base ready for you to weave. Weave the pattern with cotton cord and complete using your spokes to create a folded rim. Linda will teach you her techniques for twining, reverse twine, color change, pattern, completing a row and setting up for the next, and shaping while weaving.

Tools: Small scissors, waxed linen packing tool, tape measure, 6 micro-clips, optional personal light magnifying glasses

Explore Color

Kit $44.00
10 - 12 hours - Intermediate
2 1/4D x 2 3/8 H

This is a great basket to explore with color placement and twining technique with 7 ply waxed linen. Start by weaving an 8/8 base then decide if you want to follow the color sequence Linda has or create your own. Linda will demonstrate her techniques for beginning and ending rows, shaping, a rolled rim and guide you as you weave.

Suggested tools: small sharp scissors, waxed linen packing tool with pointed tip, tape measure, magnifying glasses, personal light

Jardinier

Kit $41.00
2 Diameter X 2 H
10 - 12 hours - Intermediate +

This striking waxed linen basket is great for intermediate weavers. The twined swirled base, unique shape, several color changes, beads and unique rim complete this beauty. Linda will demonstrate twining, completing a row/setting up for next row and more. Emphasis on techniques, shape, and tension as you weave.

Students should be comfortable twining with waxed linen.

Tools: embroidery scissors, tape measure, bead tray, waxed linen packing tool with pointed tip, 5 micro-clips, magnifying glasses and personal light

Stargazer

Kit $29.00
3 x 5/8H
8 hours - Intermediate

Twine with two colors 7 ply waxed linen, stacking your way to create the base design. The sides are a combination of delica beads and waxed linen. Complete the tray with Linda's double face braid rim. An optional beaded foot may be added. Students have a choice of purple shades or turquoise shades of waxed linen.

Tools: embroidery scissors, tape measure, bead tray, waxed linen packing tool with pointed tip, magnifying glasses and personal light

Turquoise Dream

Kit $39.00
2 1/4 D x 2 1/4 H
10 - 12 hours - Intermediate to Advanced

This is one of the favorite waxed linen baskets and is great for intermediate weavers. Two colors waxed linen, delica beads, a combination of twining and reverse twining and the shape all make this a great basket. Linda will demonstrate twining, reverse twining, completing/setting up rows and more. Emphasis on techniques, shape, and tension as you weave.

Students should be comfortable twining with waxed linen.

Tools: embroidery scissors, tape measure, bead tray, needle with large eye, waxed linen packing tool, magnifying glasses and personal light

Whiteface

Kit $34.00
2 7/8D x 1 H
8 hour - Advanced

A fun basket for the waxed linen lover! The basket is twined with 7 ply waxed linen and accented with a magatamas foot and delica peaks and completed with Linda's double faced rim. Linda will demonstrate and teach you her techniques for making the basket including completing a row, setting up for the next row, color change, shaping and the double faced rim.

Tools: embroidery scissors, tape measure, bead tray, needle with large eye, waxed linen packing tool, magnifying glasses and personal light


Adirondack Backpacks

The Adirondack Pack Basket is one of the most recognized objects associated with the Adirondacks. These versatile baskets were used to carry just about everything the guides, hunters and trappers took with them into the woods. Create your own pack basket patterned from the traditional Adirondack Pack Baskets. Students weave a plain weave base with the pre-cut spokes and then weave the sides. Linda will be guiding students as they concentrate on shape, creating a belly, keeping the back flat while learning to continuous weave. After main weaving is done students will pack baskets tight, level the top, weave a false rim, cut and tuck spokes, insert a hardwood handle, and complete the rim and skids. Lastly, a custom adjustable cotton or custom leather harness will be applied for carrying. Techniques include continuous weave, fitting rims, cutting and tucking spokes, shaping and using a drawknife and more.

Tools: regular basket making tools

The large pack is a favorite of men.
The medium pack is a great size for adult men and woman.
The small pack is a great day pack/hiking pack for adults and kids.
The decorative packs (junior, munchkin, & baby) are all made the same as the utilitarian packs but scaled down.
Occasionally someone requests a custom harness be made to fit one of these packs for a smaller child.

Pack measurements & kit prices:

2 Days - Large/Mountaineer - 9 x 12 x 19H (top of rim)
leather $143.00, webbing $99.00

1 to 2 Days - Medium/Sightseer - 8 x 11 x 16H (top of rim)
leather $127.00, webbing $86.00

1 Day - Small/Hiker - 6 x 9 x 12 - 14H (top of rim)
leather $80.00, webbing $60.00

6 hour Class - Junior - 5 x 7 x 10H (top of rim)
leather $58.00, webbing $49.00

5 - 6 hour Class - Munchkin - 5 x 6 x 8H (top of rim)
leather $44.00, webbing $37.00

4 hour Class - Baby - 3 x 4 x 6 H (top of rim)
leather $34.00, webbing $28.00

Harnesses:

Large & Medium - leather in brown, webbing in red, green, black or brown
Small - leather in brown, webbing in red, green or black
Junior, Munchkin, Baby - leather in brown, webbing in red, green or black

If kits are desired for any of the above baskets please make a note when registering.
Other kits will be available for sale during class days.

Cancellation Policy ~ Cancellation with-in the two weeks prior to class - instructor will ship all materials needed to complete one basket along with the pattern needed for that basket, the student is responsible for postage.
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Maximum of 12 students, please do not wait to register.

All fees must be paid in advance to reserve your space in class.

Print a Registration Page, e-mail or call (610-756-6124) to register.
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(Pre-registration is required for all classes)

Class info coming soon!

Thursday Afternoon, October 19, 2017

1:00 - 5:00 PM

Gourd Jacks

Cost: $30

Materials/tools supplied by instructor:


Friday morning, October 20, 2017
9 AM - 12:30 PM

Hairy Gourd

Cost: $45

Friday Afternoon, October 20, 2017

1 - 5 PM

Encaustic Wax Gourds & Coiling

Cost: $40

Saturday ALL DAY, October 21, 2017

9 AM - 5:00 PM

BIG Felted Wool "Feather" Tree

Cost: $65

In this class you will make a big boy felted wool ornament tree.

Materials/tools supplied by instructor: Felted wool strips, white craft glue, wood dowel, wood base, floral wire and tape, mini clothes pins.

Materials/tools supplied by students: Fabric scissors.


Saturday Morning, October 21, 2017

9 AM - 12:30 PM

Felted Wool "Feather" Tree

Cost: $40

In this class you will make a felted wool ornament tree.
Approximately 18-24" high x 9-10" across.

Materials/tools supplied by instructor: Felted wool strips, white craft glue, wood dowel, small wood base, floral wire and tape, mini clothes pins.

Materials/tools supplied by students: Fabric scissors.


Saturday Afternoon, October 21, 2017

1 - 5 PM

Garland & Owls

Cost: $30

Materials/tools supplied by students: wear old clothes.

BONUS CLASS - 2 spots offered during any morning or afternoon class.

1,000 Holes - A Gourd Light

Cost: $30

Question: What does 1,000 holes look like when lit? Answer: "The Milky Way". This is a fun class, but involves lots of drilling. Students will create a table light in this class. We will talk about design elements, and lighting options.

Materials/tools supplied by students: Student must bring a drill with various sizes of drill bits (NOT a dremel).

Teacher will supply the gourd, light fixture and base.

All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Maximum of 12 students, please do not wait to register.

All fees must be paid in advance to reserve your space in class.

Print a Registration Page, e-mail or call (610-756-6124) to register.
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(Pre-registration is required for all classes)

Friday, October 6th, 2017
High Doval Basket Class


Cost = $35
Time = 11 AM - 3 PM
All Weaving Levels - great beginner basket and fun for all levels!

Sturdy basket woven on a 5" x 8" oval oak slotted base with an attached "D" 6" x 12" handle. The handle and base set make a strong and sturdy basket that almost shapes itself.
The pattern and enough materials for one basket will be provided.

Required Tools ~ Basket Shear or other very sharp scissors, 1/2" rubber tipped clamps (at least 10), Plato shear, Sanding pads/paper, flat awl or lashing aid, knife or other shaving tool, towel, water container. Angie will have tools to share.

Cancellation Policy ~ Option to attend a later class or tuition will be refunded (minus shipping fees) and kit shipped.
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.


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Registration Page, e-mail or call (610-756-6124) to register.
All fees must be paid in advance to reserve your space in class.

~ NEW ~ - to sign up for Angie's classes using a credit card, register securely through our online catalog at: http://catalog.countryseat.com/angiesclasses.aspx

Friday, November 3rd, 2017
Marbling Class

Cost = $35
Time = 11 AM - 3 PM

All Levels

Learn the ancient art of marbling.
We will float light-fast textile paints on the surface of a liquid. Each design is unique. The possibilities are endless! Fun and easy, all prep work is done for you. Just show up in old clothes (in case of paint splatter) and bring an old towel (to roll scarf into if still wet) or newspaper (to lay strips on if still wet).
You choice of a 100% white silk scarf with or without fringe OR a 100% black silk scarf without fringe (approximately 11" wide x 5ft. long) OR three 2" wide maple strips. Extras of all will be available for purchase the day of class.
Please indicate when registering if you are interested in a silk scarf or maple strips as all materials must be prepared ahead of time.

Returning marbling students will marble 6 strips and/or 2 scarves for the tuition price.

Required Tools ~ NOTHING!
Recommendations~ Wear old clothes or apron in case of paint splatter.

Cancellation Policy ~ Option to attend a later class.
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.


Print a Registration Page, e-mail or call (610-756-6124) to register.
NEW - Register through our online catalog.
All fees must be paid in advance to reserve your space in class.

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Seat Weaving -
Contact Denise Mill in Emmaus, PA for repair work and caning, splint and other types of seatweaving classes at:
e-mail or (610) 417-1975.

Please see our FAQ Page on Seat Weaving for helpful hints and answers to your seat weaving questions.



(Pre-registration is required for all classes)

Suggested tools for all Anne Bowers' classes - basketry shears & plato shears for all classes.

Students, please bring a long awl and sharpened knife to any ribbed basket classes.

Look for Anne's patterns in our online catalog - search on "Bowers".



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Registration Page, e-mail or call (610-756-6124) to register.
NEW - Register through our online catalog.
All fees must be paid in advance to reserve your space in class.

Cancellation Policy ~ Cancellation with-in the two weeks prior to class - instructor will ship all materials needed to complete one basket along with the pattern needed for that basket, the student is responsible for postage.
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Maximum of 12 students, please do not wait to register.

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Nantuckets with Maggie Silva - MAY 10-12, 2018 - registration is open but payment must be made with a credit card that will be current in April 2018 or a check dated April 1st, 2017.

~ class times 9 AM - 5 PM on Thursday & Friday. 8 AM - 4 PM on Saturday ~

First choose the days you wish to attend class - then choose the Nantucket basket you wish to weave (you must choose a basket or baskets that match the number of days you have registered for). If you are comfortable starting at home please talk to Maggie about advanced options taking more than three days that can be mailed ahead of time.
The basket or baskets you wish to weave can be chosen from the list below or you can go directly to Maggie's website: http://www.basketryetc.com/ and choose from anything in her PDF files here:
Maggie's kit pages:
http://www.basketryetc.com/pdf .
Her kit price is the materials fee that is due to her your first day of class.


Print a Registration Page, e-mail or call (610-756-6124) to register which days you wish to attend.
You MUST FIRST register your choice of days with us. All tuition fees ($65 per day) must be paid in advance to reserve your space in class.

Please contact us at: classes@countryseat.com. All tuition fees will be deposited or charged one month prior to the class dates. A check (dated for April 15th, 2018) or a credit card that has an expiration date after May 2018 must be included with your registration so the tuition fees can be taken care of one month prior to class.
(Pre-registration is required for all classes)

Choose from any of the example baskets below or directly from Maggie's website (see link at the end of baskets shown).
Please check with Maggie for the amount of material fees due


3 Day Class Examples:
NH Purse ~ 5" x 3-3/4" x 4" ~
NH Purse
Ellipse Tote ~ 10-1/2" x 5-1/2" x 8" (leather straps)
Nantucket Ellipse

2 Day Class Examples:
Arawjo Creel Purse ~ 9" x 4-1/2" x 7"
Nantucket Arawjo Creel
3" Tiny Oval Purse ~ 3" x 2" x 2-1/2"
Nantucket Purse
Sharon's Baguette ~ 12-1/2" x 6" x 2-1/2"
Baguette Nantucket
Tall Boy ~ 6" x 4" x 9"
 Nantucket Tall Boy Purse
8" Round Nantucket
Sand Pail
(includes shovel)
Nantucket Sand Pail

1 Day Class Examples:
1-1/2" Oval ~ 1-1/2" x 1" x 3/4" with one handle (higher price for 2 handles)
Nantucket Ovals
Coaster Caddy w/Solid Wooden Rim ~ 5" x 1-3/4" (includes Coasters)
Coaster Caddy w/Solid Wooden Rim

Half Pint Salt & Pepper ~ 5-3/4" x 3-1/4" x 2"
Half Pint Salt & Pepper
2" Heart ~ 2" x 2" x 1"
Heart Nantucket
2-Egg Round ~ 3-1/2" x 2-1/2"
2-Egg Round
Flower Basket w/Solid Wooden Rim
Nantucket Flower Basket


Print a Registration Page, e-mail or call (610-756-6124) to register.
NEW - Register through our online catalog.
All fees must be paid in advance to reserve your space in class.


Maggie's website:
http://www.basketryetc.com/

Maggie's kit pages:
http://www.basketryetc.com/pdf


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Lots of Arrows Vertigo

Jazzy

Triple Weave Delight Storage Basket Kits are available for all of the above basket as well as many more. Please see Char's website for options and kit pricing. Please contact Char to place kit orders or if you have special color requests for class.

Don't see a basket in the above list that you want to make? Check Char's website for her latest baskets and pick from there!

Cancellation Policy ~ Cancellation with-in the two weeks prior to class - instructor will ship all materials needed to complete one basket along with the pattern needed for that basket, the student is responsible for postage.
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Maximum of 12 students, please do not wait to register.

Print a Registration Page, e-mail or call (610-756-6124) to register.
NEW - Register through our online catalog.
All fees must be paid in advance to reserve your space in class.

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(Pre-registration is required for all classes)

This is a student choice workshop.
Choose with day or days you would like to attend and which baskets you would like to weave.

Full day class = $65 (9-5).
1/2 day class = $35 (1-5).

Any students new to bias plaiting must take at least one full day before weaving with copper.
Copper will be an extra cost and will vary depending on the amount used, this can be discussed and paid directly to Judith on the class day.

You can choose from the baskets shown below or wait to decide until the day of class. If signing up for a 1/2 day class Judith will discuss your choices to be sure your basket will be completed in time (first baskets shown are beginner baskets).

Judith's baskets are woven from heavy grade water color paper which results in a solid basket. There will be a wide selection of paper colors/patterns available.

Artist Statement: "Each sheet of watercolor paper is hand painted and totally one-of-a-kind. When painting, I use everything except a paintbrush. The colors are stamped on with sponges, rags and gadgets. I become the kid having a wonderful experience with each sheet. I also make myself use a variety of color schemes since we each have our personal favorite colors. When teaching, I make sure there will always be color choices available for each individual."

Bias Basics
Bias Basics

This or That
This or That

Wall Pouch
Wall Pouch

Rectangle to Oval with Layered Rim
Rect Oval Layered Rim

Diamonds in Diamonds
Diamonds in Diamonds

Offset Colorful
Offset Colorful

Fancy Juxtaposition Square
Fancy Jux

Treasure Box
Treasure Box

Paper Plus Copper
Paper Plus Copper

Copper Paper Combo
Copper Paper Combo

Square to Round Copper
Sq to Rd Copper

Small Copper Tray
Small Copper Tray

Elegant Copper
Elegant Copper

Cancellation Policy ~ Cancellation with-in the two weeks prior to class - instructor will ship all materials needed to complete one basket along with the pattern needed for that basket, the student is responsible for postage.
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Maximum of 12 students, please do not wait to register.

All fees must be paid in advance to reserve your space in class.

Print a Registration Page, e-mail or call (610-756-6124) to register.
NEW - Register through our online catalog.

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(Pre-registration is required for all classes)

Class days are 9-4.

Cancellation Policy ~ Cancellation with-in the two weeks prior to class - instructor will ship all materials needed to complete one basket along with the pattern needed for that basket, the student is responsible for postage.
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Maximum of 12 students, please do not wait to register.

Print a Registration Page, e-mail or call (610-756-6124) to register.
NEW - Register through our online catalog.
All fees must be paid in advance to reserve your space in class.

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(Pre-registration is required for all classes)

Suggested tools - Usual basket making tools: scissors, tape measure, pencil, clothespins/clamps, water container, spray water bottle, bent tip/packing tool or flat edge screwdriver.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds available until ... at The Country Seat. After that date there will be no refunds administered. Class kits will be available for pick up at The Country Seat or mailed to you by the Instructor at your written request. Send mailing address to Pati English 151 English Hill Rd. Seneca, SC 29672

Print a Registration Page, e-mail or call (610-756-6124) to register.
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All fees must be paid in advance to reserve your space in class.

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Pine Needle Coiling with Pam Wilson
- Watch for new dates.

Tools Required - basket scissors, small needle nose pliers or bent nose pliers, diagonal cutters (Plato shear).

Cancellation Policy ~ Cancellation with-in the two weeks prior to class - instructor will ship all materials needed to complete one basket along with the pattern needed for that basket, the student is responsible for postage.
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Maximum of 12 students, please do not wait to register.

All fees must be paid in advance to reserve your space in class.

Print a Registration Page, e-mail or call (610-756-6124) to register.
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Vladimir's book - Plaited Basketry with Birch Bark written with Flo Hoppe & Jim Widess, expands on the basics with several more lessons, history and a gallery of traditional and contemporary plaited weaving.


Purse size: approximately 7-1/2" x 2-1/2" x 5-1/2"

If you are new to diagonal plaiting, start with the Small Square-to-Round Baskets to learn the basics. Two Square to Round Diagonally Plaited Baskets
plaited birch bark square-to-round baskets
Oval Birch Bark Basket Stitched with Spruce Roots

Wall Pouch in Russian Birch Bark with Pinwheel Curls
birch bark wall pouch
Square-To-Round Basket Variation #3 (3-D rim)
birch bark basket birch bark basket

All materials are harvested and processed by hand with simple tools by Vladimir. He harvestes his birch bark and spruce roots in the forests of Russia. Many of the tools he uses are also made by him.

To purchase Vladimir's Russian birch bark, please contact Ann Harrow at ann@harrow.org.

Karl Marks Street 8, Apt 28
Veliky Novgorod 173015, Russia

Certified "People's Artist" (Master Craftsman) in 1997
Accepted into The Union of Arts of Russia in 1998

Artist's Statement

When I was shown how to weave birch bark in 1984, all I wanted was just to make a few baskets. All my life I have liked to make things by hand. As I continued making baskets, I realized there is a huge Russian tradition of birch bark weaving that dates back for ten centuries. I felt the need to support this tradition and decided to make only traditionally shaped Russian baskets.
When I founded the studio to teach people, I learned how to weave something not very traditional. My students in every class "taught" me that. I then understood that, if I wanted to continue teaching people, I needed to change my view on basketry a little.
When I came to USA for the first time I saw a lot of weaving styles: traditional, contemporary, avant-garde... and was back home with a headache.
Now I know that there are many ethnic groups, nations, many shapes, styles and directions beginning from deep tradition to ultra-contemporary. And if I start to weave something, I must make my best to finish the project!
Vladimir Yarish

plaited birch bark dish Click here for photos from Vladimir's 1999 visit to The Country Seat.

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- is mostly retired from teaching but she may make a visit for a one day class so keep an eye on this spot!

Cancellation Policy ~ Cancellation with-in the two weeks prior to class - instructor will ship all materials needed to complete one basket along with the pattern needed for that basket.
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Maximum of 12 students, please do not wait to register.


Billy Owens - White Oak Basketry - Watch for future dates
All material used in class is hand split White Oak, from timber which Billy has selected, cut down and prepared by hand.
This is your chance to work with white oak without all the labor of preparing the materials yourself.
Learn the tips and tricks to weaving white oak!






  • Vending & teaching at: the MD Gourd Fest April 27 - 29, 2017 -
    MD Gourd Fest

  • Angie will be vending & teaching at the PA Gourd Fest
    June 15th - 17th, 2017 - teaching 2 classes on Friday.

  • Vending at: the PA Odyssey September 14th - 17th, 2017 - 17th Annual Weaving Odyssey Convention (Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
    now in Gettysburg, PA. Classes are scheduled to begin on Thursday night and continue through Sunday afternoon.
    Central PA Basket Weavers Guild

  • Vending at: Basketweavers Guild of Bedford County Weekend Weaving Your Cares Behind Retreat October 20th - 22nd, 2017 (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)- held at the Bedford Inn/Clara's Place (formerly the Best Western) located at the Bedford turnpike exit. For more information please visit their website.


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