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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
Coiling with Pam Wilson
Dona Nazarenko Classes
Gourd Classes
Linda Scherz

Nantuckets
Pam Wilson
Pati English
Ribbed Classes
Seat Weaving
Suzi Nonn - Gourd Classes

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.


(Pre-registration is required for all classes)

Wednesday, Oct 10th

Fat Bottom Girl

Cost = $85

Hours: 8 Starting at 9am

Skill level: Intermediate

Standing 21" at the top of the hand tooled leather handle, this basket uses wide, doubled spokes and both round and flat oval weavers to achieve its curvaceous shape. Perfect to set on the floor or the mantle.
- Spaces may be limited - May need extra room to weave.

Tools Required - Spoke weight and normal basketry tools.

Fat Bottom Girl Basket

OR
German Braid

Cost = $20

Hours: 2 Starting at 2:00pm

Skill level: All skill levels

When Anne went to the Basketry Festival in Lichtenfels, Germany, she was inspired by this braid.
Used to make trivets and trays, students will weave with hamburg cane.
The braid itself may be a bit confusing to learn, but you'll soon catch on!
Size - approx 6" X 5"

Tools Required - Normal basketry tools.

German Braid

Thursday, Oct 11th

Antique Flower Basket

Cost = $80 Natural OR $85 Painted

Hours: 8 Starting at 9am

Skill level: Adventurous intermediate weavers - advanced

This basket is a remake of an old antique flower basket. It begins on a hand-turned wood finial, and combines both round and flat reed in its construction.
Basket is woven from the bottom to the top in a cone shape and the front is then turned down to create the unique shape. (Bring your muscles!)
Anne will bring various types of paint if students would like to paint their basket upon completion.
Measures approximately 17" tall plus hanger and 13" wide.

Tools Required - Normal basketry tools.

Antique Flower Basket

Antique Flower Basket

OR
Totem Tower Vase

Cost = $52

Hours: 6 Starting at 10:30am

Skill level: All skill levels

These woven totem representations are designed for you to place your special findings from nature. Woven around a container that is hidden upon completion, students will choose from a variety or yarns, waxed linen, round reed, cane, twine, etc. Totems may be embellished with beads if so desired.
A relaxing and fun class! Color choices.
Size - approx 10" X 4"

Tools Required - Normal basketry tools.

Totem Tower Basket

Friday, Oct 12th

Ribbed Rhododendron Basket

Cost = $82

Hours: 8 Starting at 9am

Skill level: Intermediate weavers

Students will start this ribbed basket with some ribs that have been predrilled into a piece of real honest-to-goodness WV rhododendron. It is a lovely hard wood and worthy of being a basket handle.
Students will weave with dyed reed,, dyed seagrasses, coir and other various materials while the insert primary and secondary ribs.
Color choices.
Size: 17" X 12" - sizes vary

Tools Required - Normal basketry tools, long awl, sharp knife.

Ribbed Rhododendron Basket

Ribbed Rhododendron Basket

OR
Emma's Pumpkins

Cost = $58

Hours: 6 Starting at 10:30am

Skill level: Intermediate

The epitome of fall is the pumpkin, these are sure to tickle your fancy!
Featuring a double-spoked base, a foot and chase weave. Emphasis on shaping.
The lid is easy to make and shape to the basket and is embellished with leather leaves, wire curliques and a real pumpkin stem.
Size: 8" X 8" - sizes vary

Tools Required - Normal basketry tools.

Pumpkin Basket

Saturday, Oct 13th

Appalachian Egg Basket

Cost = $60

Hours: 8 Starting at 9am

Skill level: Intermediate weavers

The classic Appalachian Egg Basket is one that every good basket maker should have in their repertoire. This class will help students learn how the weave an 'ear', sight, whittle and insert ribs (both primary and secondary), and shape.
You will also learn how to weave so that the basket sets well and make a neat decrease in the weaving. You may decide to use either natural or dyed ribs.
Size: 11" x 8" tall

Tools Required - Normal basketry tools, long awl, sharp knife.

Ribbed Egg Basket

Ribbed Egg Basket

OR
Fancy Red Egg Basket

Cost = $80

Hours: 8 Starting at 9am

Skill level: Intermediate

This fancy Egg Basket will be woven in red with accents of cane and will include dyed ribs.
Basket features a braided handle, use of cane within the god's eyes as well as some of the weavers.
Emphasis in class is on learning how to make entire basket from the beginning and will include how to sight, whittle and insert both primary and secondary ribs and weave so that the basket sets well.
A full 8 hours.
Not all weavers will be finished with basket at end of class time, but they will know how to completely finish basket.
Size - 12" X 10" tall

Tools Required - Normal basketry tools, long awl, sharp knife.

Red Egg Basket

OR
Woven Bracelet Class

Cost = $15 per bracelet

Hours: 1 - Starting at 1pm

Skill level: Intermediate

Using a wood hoop students will learn how to make one - or all! - of the cane woven bracelets as shown. Tools Required - Normal basketry tools, long awl, sharp knife.

Woven Bracelet

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".

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.

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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Pine Needle Coiling with Pam Wilson
November 8 - 10th, 2018

9:00 am - 5:30 pm Thursday and Friday
9:00 am - 3:30 pm Saturday

All Days - Pine Needle Project of your Choice

Class Fee one day $65 2 days $100
3 day project $135

Hours 8 each day

All levels

Choose in class one of Pam's projects or for those of you that have some experience, let her help you design your own project.
Instructor will bring bases, sinew, several colors of pine needles, beads and other supplies you need to make a beautiful basket. Three day projects include 2 bundles of pine needles and a roll of sinew.
Two day workshop may be done on any two days.
Please indicate which days you are coming during sign up.

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

 

All day Thursday, Nov 8 and finish either Friday or Saturday morning

Cherokee Style Picnic Basket

Class fee - $95

Hours: 12 - or a bit longer depending on student's weaving speed

Weaving level: Intermediate
Dimensions: Picnic basket measures 15 L x 8 W x 11 H

Make a beautiful Cherokee style picnic basket out of reed, with a lid and beautiful hand carved oak handles. Students will learn how to make a solid bottom basket, shape the basket, twine, bring the sides up straight, and make a lid to fit, that may be also used as a tray at your picnic. (Two baskets in one!) Basket is shown in Blue Heather mix. Participants may choose their color at Country Seat the day of class.
This is a day and a half program. In-class demonstrations will show each step taken and complete written instructions with pictures will be given to students for each basket.
The instructor will sand and polyurethane the handles before class.

Special tools/materials needed by students: Usual basket tools.

Instructor needs a definite commitment one month before class to order handles.

 

Friday, Nov 9 - CLASS IS FULL

Cherry Blossom

Class fee - $55

Hours: 8

Weaving level: Advanced
Dimensions: 12" across x 2" high

This Japanese inspired basket is done in #3 round reed, and features a classic Japanese Rinko base. It also features Josephine Knots, three rod wale, and Japanese style rim.
Bring a decent size water container. We need to soak the reed in very hot water.

Special tools/materials needed by students:Bring the usual basket tools

 

OR
Friday, Nov 9

Fruit Basket

Class fee - $40

Hours: 4-5

Weaving level: All Levels
Dimensions: 12" across x 8" high

This makes a great basket for the kitchen counter or table to keep fruit handy for a quick snack.
It is done in #4 round reed and features open row twining and a braided rim.
Bring a decent size water container. We need to soak the reed in very hot water.

If you are a fairly fast weaver you could do this and finish the Cherokee Picnic both on this day.

Special tools/materials needed by students:Bring the usual basket tools

 


Saturday, Nov 10

Caning in Three D

Class fee - $55

Hours: 6

Weaving level: High intermediate to advance
14 x 10 at top, 12 x 4 at bottom and 10 high not including handles.

Learn how to do the chair caning stitch in 3-D! The basket features leather handles and flat oval reed in two sizes, not including the rims. Mark your choice of either brown or black leather handles.

Shown in brown accent reed. Choose your accent color from royal blue, burgundy, or brown.

Special tools/materials needed by students:usual basket tools AND A STITCH GAGE IF YOU HAVE ONE

 

OR
Saturday, Nov 10

To Market to Market
Sharp D Handled Market Basket

Class fee - $50

Hours: 4-5

Weaving level: Advanced Beginner and Up
Dimensions: Base 10 x 11, top 7.5 x 11 not including handle

This basket features a solid bottom weave, and chase weave sides of flat space-dyed flat reed & 3 mm flat oval reed in natural. The instructor will sand and polyurethane the oak handle before class. Emphases will be on shaping the basket to align with the handle and come in equally on all four sides.
The rim is lashed with waxed linen.

Choose your space dyed reed the day of the class at Country Seat.

Special tools/materials needed by students:Bring the usual basket tools

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)

Friday morning, Nov 16th
9 AM - 12:00 PM

Mini Gourd Ornament Class

Cost: $40

A relaxing class, creating mini ornaments that look great on little trees. Suzi Nonn will demonstrate several techniques for applying the inks. The students will have the opportunity to color a dozen mini gourd ornaments which will be dipped in a high gloss finish for a glassy look.

Please wear old clothes.

Friday Afternoon, Nov 16th

1 - 5 PM

The Owl, Bell and Snowman (and a crackled ornament)

Cost: $40

Learn different techniques as you create heirloom ornaments. These are larger ornaments that would look great on a 4ft to 12 ft tree.

 

Saturday Morning, Nov 17th

9 AM - 12:00 PM

Fall Table Topper Cost: $30

What shouts out "fall" more than autumn leaves and acorns. Color and assemble an adorable table topper of cut out gourd leaves on a dyed gourd base. Curly paper wire and an acorn will finish the project.

Saturday, Nov 17th starting at 10 am

10 AM - ? PM Depends on size chosen.

Felted Wooly "Feather" Tree

Cost: $15 plus kit fee

Start 10am . all day, will not finish large trees
Cost: $15 plus the cost of the kit Using felted 100% wool learn to create your very own wooly tree. You will learn how to cut fringe, spin branches, and assemble your tree. The tree is designed to have space between rows for branches to hang and display small ornaments or your collection of favorite miniature baskets.
You will be so delighted you will want to create a forest of trees to keep or give away.
Students will receive a handout of where to find/buy all the necessary material.

In this class you will make a felted wool ornament tree.
Approximately 18-48" high x 9-10" across.
Kit Cost:
$20.00 for 18" Tree
$30.00 for 24" Tree
$40.00 for 36" Tree
$50.00 for 48" Tree

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.


 

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

1,000 Holes - A Gourd Light or Holey Pendant Lamp

Cost: $30/$44 for Pendant Lamp

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.
NEW - Register through our online catalog.




Nantuckets with Maggie Silva - MAY 2 - 4, 2019 - registration is open but payment must be made with a credit card that will be current in April 2019 or a check dated April 1st, 2019.

~ 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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(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

Trifecta

Kit $35.00
8 hour - Intermediate
3" base, 5" top D, 3-3/4"H

Students start with a base with pre-glued spokes. Triple twine with three colors cotton cord in spiral pattern, then braid weave with soft suede leather, and then triple twine in a stacking pattern with cotton cord. The rim is accented with braided cotton cord and lashed with a twist on a traditional lashing.

Tools: scissors, spring type clothespins, pencil, spray bottle, small packing tool, knife/tool to scarf rims, and tapestry needle with blunt tip.

Zig Zag N Fold

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

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

Blossom

Kit $34.00
8 hours - Intermediate
2 1/2"D

Twine a simple pattern with three colors of waxed linen. The magatamas beads in the center and outer edge create a blossom like piece. The second side has a simple pattern without beads. To complete the two sides are put together with a new technique Linda created for this piece. Select colors and beads from the different combinations available.

Tools to bring: small embroidery scissors, bead tray, waxed linen packing tool with pointed tip, tape measure. A personal light and magnifying glasses may be helpful.

Confetti

Kit $45.00
2-1/2" Diameter X 2" H
/ - 10 hours - Intermediate +

The experienced waxed linen weaver will have fun weaving this basket. The pattern is a combination of twining, reverse twining and quad twining accent. The unique top is a combination of shaping and quad twining with four different colors and finishing with a braided rim. To allow more weaving time for this involved pattern Linda will have the bases started prior to class.

Tools to bring: small embroidery scissors, waxed linen packing tool with pointed tip, tape measure. A personal light and magnifying glasses may be helpful.

Cascade

Kit $31.00
3-1/4" x 1-1/2"H
6 hours - Intermediate

This little pouch necklace is twined with waxed linen. Near the top the delica beads are accented on one side with red drops and on the other side brown magatamas giving your pouch two different looks. The rim is a simple braided rim. Complete with a cotton cord neck cord.

Tools Small embroidery scissors, waxed linen packing tool with pointed tip, tape measure, optional personal light, magnifying glasses

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 7/8"D 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:

1-1/2 Days - Large/Mountaineer - 9" x 12" x 19"H (top of rim)
leather $150.00, webbing $120.00

1-1/2 Days - Medium/Sightseer - 8" x 11" x 16"H (top of rim)
leather $130.00, webbing $100.00

1 Day - Small/Hiker - 6" x 9" x 12" - 14"H (top of rim)
leather $85.00, webbing $65.00

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

5 - 6 hour Class - Munchkin - 5" x 6 " x 8"H (top of rim)
leather $47.00, webbing $40.00

4 hour Class - Baby - 3" x 4" x 6 "H (top of rim)
leather $37.00, webbing $30.00

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.
NEW - Register through our online catalog.
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(Pre-registration is required for all classes)

Angie is taking a break from teaching to concentrate on running the business. Please check back. to the top of the page



(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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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)

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.
NEW - Register through our online catalog.

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

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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!