New Uses Of An Ancient Technique

June 16, 2019 – June 22, 2019

Lois Russell

Basket making is an ancient craft and today’s artists are using its techniques to create sculptural pieces that challenge the definition of “basket.” This workshop focuses on one technique, twining. Using colorful waxed linen thread, students will explore pattern, texture and form within the context of contemporary basketry. While making their own unique baskets, participants learn to use color to create simple and complex patterns, control the shape of a basket, and make several bases and a simple rim so that they can continue their exploration after the workshop. Open to all skill levels.


Lois Russell lives in Boston where her fiber work reflects her history as a basket maker. She teaches nationally and has won numerous awards including Category Winner in Excellence in Fiber 2016. Russell has served on the boards of the National Basketry Organization and of CERF+. She is currently on the boards of the Boston Society of Arts and Crafts and Penland School of Crafts. Her work is featured in 500 Baskets and in Fiber Art Now.

Lois Russell

In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

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  • hard copy paper catalog online catalog or course description

Registration Fees

There will be a one-time $50 non-refundable registration fee which enables you to register for as many workshops as you like during 2019. All cancellations must be made in writing by mail, fax or email (no phone calls please).

A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged on cancellations received more than 45 days prior to the start of your workshop. Cancellations received 45 days or less prior to the beginning of the workshop receive no refund.


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