The Language Of Baskets

August 2, 2020 – August 8, 2020

Beth Hester

In this workshop students will discover a variety of basketry methods while weaving a series of panels or samplers (each approximately 12″ x 12″) using rattan materials. Techniques presented during class include spoke construction, rib work, lashing, preparation of rims, twill weaves, chase weave, braid stitch, twining, three-rod wale and spiral weave. Participants will be introduced to smoked reed, dyed reed, sea grass, waxed linen and paper splint to be used as accents to natural reed materials. Students will add a wide variety of weaving techniques to their knowledge of basketry and may expect to create at least six panels during class. Open to all skill levels.


Beth Hester is a maker, teacher and student of basketry who lives in Allen County, Kentucky. Having learned techniques from Ollie and Lestel Childress, and Leona Waddell, she is honored to be a bearer of south-central Kentucky’s white oak basket tradition. A partner in The Basket Maker’s Catalog, Hester creates patterns, products and learning opportunities through teaching and hosting workshops around Kentucky.

Beth Hester

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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