Private Tuition at Willow Vale
Jan
1
to Dec 31

Private Tuition at Willow Vale

Private tuition is only open to one or two individuals at a time and must be scheduled in advance. $200 per day (cost is split if there are two people), materials and homegrown lunch included.

Spend a couple of days learning the ins and outs of basketry here at our farm. Folks seeking private tuition will work directly with me to weave any basket of their choosing, within their (and my!) skill level. Most baskets will take at least two days to learn, larger or more complicated baskets may even take three. Obelisks or small trays may only take a half day. The farm is lovely almost any time of the year and you’ll meet our chickens, dog and cats. Do remember that willow can be challenging to weave and that these tutorials will be taking place on a working farm. Please contact me to schedule a private tutorial.

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Beginners Willow Basketry
Dec
14
to Dec 15

Beginners Willow Basketry

  • 956 South Anson Road Stanfordville, NY, 12581 United States (map)
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December 14th & 15th, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Organized by me! Hosted by Anne Bernstein and Tosso Hettinger in Stanfordville, NY. $230 per student, meals and materials included.

During this weekend course we will work on creating beautiful round baskets from willow. Learn to construct a beginners basket with a circular base, rounded or sharp angled upsett, a choice of side weaves and a woven border. If we have time you can choose and weave a complimentary handle. For those that have taken a previous class with me, we can either revisit that same basket style or you can explore a different type of basket. Participants will finish the class with a sturdy and useful vessel. Willow can be challenging to work with. Someone with hand issues or weak hands may find this class difficult. Includes an amazing home-cooked vegetarian lunch prepared by our hosts, Anne and Tosso. Register Here

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Woven Willow Obelisk
Feb
29
10:00 AM10:00

Woven Willow Obelisk

February 29th, 2020, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Organized through New York Botanical Garden
More info and registration
here. $239 for non-members, $215 for members of NYBG.

A staple of English gardens, a willow obelisk serves as a graceful plant support or a decorative focal point in your garden. Jesica Clark, owner of the Hudson Valley's Willow Vale Farm, will teach you traditional willow weaving techniques, including randing and pairing. You'll have time to experiment before you create an eco-friendly obelisk, which will include an Irish mouth wale base and a Japanese eye knot top. Strong hands are a must! Register here.

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Asymmetrical Willow Gathering Basket
Apr
25
to Apr 26

Asymmetrical Willow Gathering Basket

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SOLD OUT! April 25th & 26th, 2020, 8:00am - 5:00pm Sat., 8:00am-noon Sun.

Organized through Northeast Basketmakers Guild. Registration here. More info about the Spring Gathering here. $90 Registration, $55 materials.
You do not need to be a member of NBG to attend! Registration is FREE if you are a non-member first-timer and you only take one class (hopefully mine!) If you are only interested in our class, please do not chose 2nd or 3rd options when registering, and be sure to register for both Saturday and Sunday.

In this course we will make an organically-shaped asymmetrical basket that is perfect for harvesting in the garden, foraging in the woods or bringing a snack to a party. We will go over how to make a perfect round base with a 3X3 slath and pairing, followed by a rounded upsett method with 3 rod waling. There will be a choice of weaving patterns to make up the sides, a modified 4 rod wale to strengthen the top and a woven border to finish. A driftwood or greenwood handle will be incorporated across the top and students may want to bring in their own pieces of driftwood for a special touch (if bringing your own, it should be at least 15 inches long and thick enough to make a sturdy handle). While making your basket, we encourage creativity in exploring shape and color. This class will be team taught to ensure each student will get plenty of attention and instruction. Students in this course should have some experience in weaving baskets with willow. Register here.

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Willow Weaving, Make a Tray!
Sep
21
10:00 AM10:00

Willow Weaving, Make a Tray!

September 21st, 10:00am - 1:00pm

Organized through Phillies Bridge Farm Project
More info
here and registration here. $25 course fee + $15 materials fee

During this workshop, participants will be introduced to the wonders of willow weaving! We will make a beautiful little tray, all out of my homegrown willow, that can be used to hold your keys, eggs, cherry tomatoes, whatever! Basic weaving techniques will be covered as well as a brief introduction to the willow plant and its many uses. Register here.

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Intro to Willow Weaving: Exploring the Round Basket
Sep
7
to Sep 8

Intro to Willow Weaving: Exploring the Round Basket

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September 8th & 9th, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Organized through Fall Kill Creative Works, formerly Mid-Hudson Heritage Center. $225 or $215 if you register at least a week in advance. More info and registration here.

During this weekend course we will work on creating beautiful round baskets from willow. Learn to construct a traditional basket with a circular base, rounded or sharp angled upsett, a choice of side weaves and a woven border. If we have time you can choose and weave a complimentary handle. For those that participated in the spring class, we can either revisit that same basket style or you can explore a different type of round basket. Participants will finish the class with a sturdy and useful vessel. Willow can be challenging to work with. Someone with hand issues or weak hands may find this class difficult. Includes 1 hr lunch break. Register here.

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Make a Garden Obelisk
Aug
4
8:30 AM08:30

Make a Garden Obelisk

August 4th, 2019 8:30am 3:00pm

THIS CLASS IS FULL!! Organized through Northeast Basketmakers Guild
More info and registration
here. $60 for the class, plus registration fee.

Spend a summer day weaving a functional piece for your summer garden. These willow obelisks can serve as plant supports or as a decorative focal point. Sturdy willow stakes are woven with the Irish mouth wale and pairing at the base. Then sturdy pairing with multiple weavers spiral up the sides. The top is finished with a Japanese eye knot. Please make room in your vehicle for this one! For those uninitiated with the beauty and challenge of willow, we will have a small info session and practice before we weave the obelisks. You do not need to be a member of the guild to attend this event! Although I encourage you to explore the other class options, if you are only interested in my class just leave the 2nd and 3rd option blank when registering. Register here.

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Beginning Willow Basketmaking
Jun
22
to Jun 23

Beginning Willow Basketmaking

!!This class is full!! There is a waiting list, please contact Arts Mid-Hudson directly
Organized through Arts Mid-Hudson
More info and registration
here. $155 AMH Members, $170 NonMembers, materials included

In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of basketry using willow as a medium. The unique qualities of willow allow for a wide range of artistic expression, and participants will be encouraged to explore forms and colors. Over the course of 2 days we will weave a round base using a twining pattern, work up the sides and optional integrated handles in waling and French randing and then finish with a woven border. This is a surprisingly physical class with surprisingly gratifying results. Register here.

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Intro to Willow Basketry
Mar
23
to Mar 24

Intro to Willow Basketry

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Organized through Mid-Hudson Heritage Center
More info and registration
here.

Over the course of the two days you will learn about willow as a natural material and will weave a round base using a twining pattern, work up the sides and optional integrated handles in waling and French randing and then complete with a woven border. Participants will finish the class with a sturdy and useful vessel. Willow can be challenging to work with. Someone with hand issues or weak hands may find this class difficult. Register here.

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