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Friday, June 26 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Wrap & Stitch Basketmaking

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Participants should be confident needle threaders (or have someone alongside them who can help with threading needles) and have a basic set of fine motor skills. Kids as young as five have made cute baskets they were very proud of--dextrous youngers do well with the help of a more experienced partner.

These baskets can be made from a variety of materials--the sky's the limit once you learn the basic technique--and make coveted gifts. They are perfect for using up the ends of skeins from other projects; a beautiful basket can be made from a very small amount of material.

Once you learn how to make these, you will find yourself looking at potential wrap and core materials (and embellishments) in a whole new way--it's a great intro into the world of fiber for those who haven't ventured there yet.

There are studies showing that people who have a hard time focusing attention, for instance in a lecture setting, find it easier to attend to the speaker/activity and have better retention if they have something to do with their hands. Knitting has been explored as a means of providing manual focusing assistance; this basketmaking craft in my opinion can work just as well and requires less of a learning period to become effective.

A basket made with this technique can be started and finished within a day or less once you get comfortable with the method, depending on the size and features of the project you have in mind. This makes it easy to create a bunch for gifts during the busy holidays or for sale at a fundraiser.

I have been making these baskets for well over 40 years, since my art teacher mother taught me how to make them. Interestingly, we don't have a ton of finished baskets around our house because I tend to give away almost every basket I finish!

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Kari Aist

Kari Aist, with the help of her husband Paul, took two older kids from 2nd and K as new homeschoolers all the way through to college graduations and beyond, with another set of two teenaged kids extending the homeschooling years in the household and giving her an excellent reason... Read More →

Friday June 26, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Suite 10 (Fiber Arts Room), 2nd Floor

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