Sweetgrass Basket Weaving

July 26, 2020 – August 1, 2020

Lynette Youson

In this workshop students will learn how to (coil) weave by hand to make the most traditional basket that was used to separate the rice in fields. This historical art form is from the coast of Sierra Leone, West Africa and was brought to America by enslaved people over 300 years ago. During class you will discover that the materials used are naturally grown along the coast of South Carolina and include sweetgrass, pine needles, bull-rush and palmetto palm. The only tool used during the time was an animal bone, but today a utensil and scissors are used. Open to all skill levels.


Lynette Youson is a fifth generation sweetgrass basket weaver from the low country of South Carolina and a sweetgrass after-school instructor. She started weaving as a child, learning her craft from her great-grandmother and has continued to weave with her mother for over 45 years. Youson is dedicated to sharing the historical importance of this ancient art form. She has appeared on the CBS Sunday Morning and has been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles. One of her Rice Fanner Basket is on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Lynette Youson

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 2020. 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 of deposit.


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