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Craft Your Own Coiled Bee Skep

Basket making and beekeeping traditionally go hand in hand, as beekeepers before the 1850s housed their bees in handcrafted coiled bee skeps. Bring nostalgia to your home or garden by crafting your own decorative, traditional straw bee skep or more prim/western skep out of rope. You'll learn the traditional coiling basketry technique to create a skep, providing you the skills and instruction to make a full-sized skep tailored to your beekeeping needs. Your instructor also will discuss the traditions of bee skep history and lore as she learned from her travels throughout England.


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Course Details

Length in days:
1 1/2

Day 1: 9am-5pm, Day: 9am-noon

$125.00 per student (Regular rate)
$115.00 per student (Early-bird rate)


Beginner to Advanced

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You will need the following tools for this class:

  1. large bath towel
  2. scissors
  3. spray bottle
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.
Cathryn Peters Cathryn Peters

Cathryn is a chair seat weaver, antler basketmaker, teacher, writer, pattern author who hails from Angora, Minnesota. She delights in sharing her 40+ years of accumulated knowledge and resources to those who desire to perpetuate the nearly lost art of chair seat weaving, and basketry. Cathryn’s works have appeared on public television, and in books, periodicals and national galleries and she teaches nation-wide. Visit her resource and information website at

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Craft Your Own Coiled Bee Skep

Craft Your Own Coiled Bee Skep

Craft Your Own Coiled Bee Skep