2024-07-12 – Weaving a Traditional Willow Basket



July 12-14 (9:00 am-5:00 pm CT)

This same class is also offered on June 14-16, 2024. 


Lee Zieke and Lindsay Lee 


This is an in-person class held at Vesterheim Folk Art School. 

When European immigrants came to North America they brought with them a host of crafts and skills necessary for survival in their new world. The basketry tradition known as "stake and strand" was one such craft, because baskets were used to store nearly everything around the homestead. Class members will make a sturdy and functional round basket with a handle using a variety of weaves. You’ll learn the techniques behind the terms slath, twining, 3-rod wale, French randing, and border weaves.

Class discussions will cover willow cultivation and harvest, traditions, and lore. A special field trip to Lee and Lindsay’s studio and gardens at Willowglen will also be a highlight.

The class will assure a new appreciation for the art and craft of basketry and open a door to the amazing world of willow. Baskets are a cross between whittling, carpentry, weaving, and sculpture.


Level of Instruction: 

All levels of experience are welcome. 


There will be a materials fee of $55 payable directly to the instructors.

Specialty tools will be provided.

Optional supplies to bring: Work apron and tape measure 

Enrollment Deadline: 

June 21, 2024


Click here to learn more about instructor Lee Zieke and Lindsay Lee.


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Vesterheim’s woodworking classes are supported in part by a generous gift to the Vesterheim Annual Fund from the Eric and Joan Norgaard Charitable Trust.

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