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Willow Ridge Herb Basket

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Course Overview

In the Willow Basket World, there are an infinite number of basketry techniques to learn and perfect. Rib-style techniques will be the focus for this class, following the designs of many centuries-old basket styles. Learn about willow as a basket material; using wild and cultured varieties; and harvesting, sorting, and preparing for weaving. A variety of techniques, such as frame making, lashings, rib placement, coiling with willow, etc., will be discussed and sampled. Students will finish the workshop by weaving a Willow Ridge Herb Basket, one of Jo’s favorite designs! This workshop is suitable for all skill levels, but hand strength is a must – willow is a strong material.

Session Information

This course is part of Basket Week 2019! Plan to stay an extra day for the Basket Gathering on Friday, October 25 for demonstrations, talks and community gatherings.

See Basket Week details here


Tue, Oct 22nd, 2019  –  Thu, Oct 24th, 2019

Course Details

Length: 3 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: N/A
Tuition: $395.00
Materials fee: $95.00


You will need the following tools for this class:

  • basket shears
  • small pruners
  • sharp fixed blade knife
  • 1 ft square leather or denim scrap
  • large awl
  • spray bottle
  • old bed sheet

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

  • Work apron

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Jo Campbell Amsler
Jo Campbell Amsler
Monticello, IA

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Willow Ridge Herb Basket - 10/22/2019