Making Yarn-Wrapped Coiled Baskets
Instructor: Judith Goebel
Day: This class is divided into sessions on Saturdays, September 25 and October 2, in order for students to have time to complete a full-sized project (these 2 sessions total 3 hours of class time).
Time: Both sessions meet 1:00–2:30 (1 1/2 hours).
Class Fee: $45
Materials Fee: None. A handout will be provided.
Class Size: min 5/max 15 (The minimum of 5 must be met in order for this class to be offered.)
Minimum Age: 10
Skill Level: No specific skills needed
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Use your handspun yarn or yarn from your stash to make useful and beautiful coiled baskets using the traditional wrapping and sewing technique. In this class you will learn how to select materials and build a coiled basket in a round or oval shape. We will talk about alternatives such as adding a handle or lid. Students will learn how to select/repurpose materials to make into baskets, how to wrap and sew yarn around the core material, and how to shape the basket. If students put in some time outside class, they should be able to complete their basket.
Participants should prepare the following materials:
For the basket’s inner core:
Paper twist (at least 10 yds) Amazon link
Utility rope (at least 10 yds) Amazon link
(Dollar Tree often has a pretty good poly rope.)
The key is to get something that is about 1/4″ to 3/8″ in diameter, somewhat (but not excessively) stiff, and not too hairy or smelly. You want to be able to bend it into a tight spiral. It should have enough body to be able to hold its shape once it is sewn, but not be too hard to work with.
For the wrapping/sewing material:
At least 25 yards of worsted-weight yarn. This can be various colors, handspun, or odds and ends left over from previous projects. If what you want is too fine, consider using multiple strands held together.
Tapestry needle (get a thick one, preferably metal); craft glue (such as Elmer’s; you will only need a tiny bit of this); scissors; and 1 or 2 clip-type clothespins (optional).