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Gourds 101, An exploration of natural materials

Saturday, August 21, 2021, 9 - 12 this is an in person event.

Class registration will be available on line at Columbia Basin Basketry Guild

Class Description: This Class will teach you how to prepare a hard-shell gourd straight from the garden to ready to weave. We will cover, cleaning inside and outside, leveling, gourd design, cutting, and a simple finish with latched philodendron sheath rim. Repairs of cracks and holes will be covered. Tools for leveling, cleaning, cutting, sanding, and finishing will be provided. Material fees will include one gourd, one philodendron sheath, choice of natural material for embellishment and step by step printed instructions.  

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Time to Zoom into Weaving   Registration is now open
I will be teaching 4 gourd weaving classes during the retreat. 
Registration for CBBG's 2021 virtual retreat, Zoom into Weaving, will open in May. The retreat brochure will be online at, which will carry full details of the classes being offered. The retreat will run Monday-Sunday, Sept. 13-19.  

Weave a Dream Catcher on a Gourd

Not Scheduled

Class Description: Learn to weave a Dream Catcher on a gourd. You will be provided with a gourd which has been cleaned inside and outside. You will learn a painting technique to apply color or can leave yours natural. Then weave a pine needle rim to finish. The first of the class will be devoted to gourd prep.

Tools to bring: Scissors, pencil, tape measure, awl, apron, drill, compass.


Needle Weaving (Tenerife) on a Canteen Gourd

Not Scheduled

Class Description: Learn several needle weaving techniques using waxed linen thread and how to apply them to a design on a gourd. You will choose from an array of embellishments for your design and will be able to stain the gourd any color or leave it natural. You will be provided with a cleaned and cut canteen gourd.

Tools to bring: Drill, awl, scissors, fabric tape measure, pencil, apron, baby wipes, compass


Coiling on a Gourd

Not Scheduled

Class Description: Coiling is a fun and easy basket weaving technique. Learn how to attach hand dyed Danish cord to the edge of a gourd, how to weave open and closed coiling, how to free form coil, and how to attach a row of beads to the coil. Choose from several color combinations of gourds, Danish cord, and waxed linen thread to personalize your own creation. Jane will share her own technique of dyeing the gourd and cording to match. You should be able to finish this project in class. No weaving experience is required. All other materials will be provided, including a cleaned, cut and dyed gourd.  

Tools to bring: You will need to bring a drill or Dremel tool with collet for small 1/16” bit (there will be extras if you don’t have one) and a pair of scissors. All other materials will be provided.

Free Formed Coiling on a Gourd

Not Schduled

Class description: Learn to do open and closed coiling on a gourd using hand dyed Danish Cord and waxed linen thread. Then learn to take it a step further by learning to do free formed coiling to add a new dimension to the design. A cleaned, cut and finished inside and outside gourd is provided in your materials fees.  

Tools to bring: Drill, awl, scissors, fabric tape measure, pencil, apron, baby wipes, compass

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