Berry baskets could be found in New Jersey in the late 19th century to transport strawberries from the fields of New Jersey to the restaurants of New York City. Berry baskets were traditionally hand woven of oak or hickory splint on the farms during the cold, winter months. They were designed to hold individual servings of berries. If you are lucky, you can still find original berry baskets at local antique shops.
Join us on June 28 and weave two of your own berry baskets just in time for strawberry season. These individual serving sized baskets will be woven of reed over a wooden mold. We will then use copper nails to attach the handle to the basket and then lash the rims with ash.
Instructor Karen Wychock is a member of the Bucks County Craftsmen’s Guild and the PA Guild of Craftsmen. As a weaver of traditional Shaker baskets, she has sold her work through various shows throughout PA and Delaware. She was also president of the Penn-Jersey Basket Weavers Guild for six years. Class size is limited and preregistration is required. Class fee is $55 ($50 member) plus a materials fee of $18 for two berry baskets.
Berry Basket Weaving Workshop prices are:
$73.00 for non MHEP members
$68.00 for MHEP members
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