Weaving a Market Basket Workshop


Working over a wooden mold in the manner of the Shakers, basket weaver Karen Wychock will lead participants in weaving a market basket.  You may choose to weave a small, medium or large market basket.   It will be made of a combination of reed, ash and oak.  The carrier will be woven of reed with oak handles and runners.  The rims will be made of pre-bent reed.  We will be lashing our rims to the basket with ash.  You may choose to add color to your basket or keep it natural.  There will be a variety of dyed reeds available for embellishment.

There are three sizes that you may choose from when registering for the workshop.  If you are a novice weaver, the instructor recommends weaving the small or medium market basket.

Small Market Basket (Materials Fee $35) – dimensions are 6 1/2” W x 12” L x 6” H
Medium Market Basket (Materials Fee $40) – dimensions are 8” W x 14” L x 6 ½” H
Large Market Basket (Materials Fee $45) – dimensions are 10” W x 17” L x 7” H

Instructor Karen 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 and has taught numerous basket weaving workshops.

Preregistration is necessary as the workshop size is limited. The workshop fee is $55 ($50 member) plus a materials fee for your choice of basket.