This section documents workshops that introduce students to a wide variety of plants growing in local landscapes that can be used as fiber resources, including invasive weeds! Examples of woven, twined, and many types of ribbed baskets are shown here using vines, tree barks, roots, runners, grasses, leaves, stems, and branches.
Basketry Program at BARN-Bainbridge Artisans Resource Network
After a long pause in the basketry program at the Bainbridge Artisans Resource Network (BARN) due to the covid pandemic, it was wonderful to contribute to this program by teaching a Weaving Nature Workshop at BARN this Fall.
Hazelnut In Spring
Hazelnut limbs are a strong hardwood that work wonderfully as hoops, handles, or for the ribbed frame pieces that give some baskets their shape and strength. Harvest in winter to keep the bark on. Harvest in spring if you’d like to peal it.
Carrying On Traditional Knowledge Through Weaving With Plants
Grateful for this wonderful group of students at IslandWood.
Weaving From the Wild at IslandWood – Feb 3, 2019
Spend a day learning techniques for using plant fibers to create beautiful and useful objects.
Feb 4, 2018 Workshop at IslandWood
Join Melinda for a day at IslandWood and weave a basket with plant materials from the NW landscape.
UW Society of Ethnobiology
It was a beautiful day for the outdoor workshop ‘Weaving With Invasives’ held in the lovely Medicinal Herb Garden on Seattle’s UW campus. I’m grateful to the UW Society of Ethnobiolgy which hosted this event, and especially to Alex Harwell and Ashley Blazina. Along with organizing this event they made sure we had plenty of […]
Weaving With Invasives
Friday, May 29, 2015 Weaving With Invasives Workshop, UW Campus, Seattle.
I enjoyed teaching great students at Rolling BARN!
Herbs and Flowers Ready For Class
I love to weave, but I love the gathering of materials equally, if not more. It’s the being outside, most often in stunningly beautiful surroundings. In preparation for teaching the Wild Twined Herb and Flower Basket class tomorrow, over the past two weeks I’ve been harvesting herbs and flowers from our garden, yarrow from the […]