2023-06-23 - Weaving a Traditional Willow Basket



Friday, June 23-Sunday, June 25 (9:00 am-Noon and 1:00 pm-5:00 pm)


Lee Zieke and Lindsay Lee


This is an in-person class hosted at Vesterheim Folk Art School in Decorah, Iowa.


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 & 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.


Specialty tools will be provided. There will be a materials fee of $55 payable directly to the instructors.
Optional Tools to Bring Along:  (There will be some to borrow)
  •      Utility knife, box cutter, or carving knife
  •      Sturdy craft scissors or gardening hand pruner
  •      Thick shafted awl
  •      Small side cutter (that would cut through a stick)
  •      Work apron
  •      Tape measure

    Enrollment Deadline: 

    June 2, 2023


    Learn more about instructors Lee Zieke and Lindsay Lee here.


    Please read our COVID-19 Policies here.

    The Folk Art School greatly values the health and safety of its learners, teachers, and staff and is continuously monitoring local and national COVID-19 statistics, government recommendations, and peer institution guidelines. As with any activity in a public place, there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 infection, please stay home. By registering for a class, attending a program, or visiting the Folk Art School, you voluntarily assume all risks related to COVID-19 exposure and assume them willingly and you agree to follow Vesterheim's COVID-19 policies. Thank you for your continued patience, understanding, and respect for the safety of our community as we navigate these difficult times. If you have additional questions, please contact the Folk Art School, at folkartschool@vesterheim.org or call 563-382-9681.


    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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