2021 Weaving in the Sunshine State Basket Weaving Retreat

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REGISTRATION CONTINUES:

Registration is continuing for the 2021 weaving retreat! Note that some classes have now been closed due to their extreme popularity. Closed classes are noted on the Registration Form. Some classes now only have a single seat remaining open. If you would like assistance with signing up for the retreat (and knowing for certain the current class availability), please feel free to contact me.

  • Use only the REGISTRATION FORM provided and fully complete it.
  • Indicate a minimum of 2 choices, in order of preference, of your selected classes for each day and/or time period.
  • The Registration Form should be printed and mailed to the address indicated, along with the applicable Registration Fee. Emailed copies or electronic transfer of funds are not acceptable methods of submitting or paying.

And that's it! You will be notified by EMAIL of your Class Assignments promptly after receiving your Registration Form. We do not utilize USPS for mailing of hard copies. All future notifications regarding the retreat will always be sent by email.


You can choose to view (and/or download and print the Retreat Brochure in its entirety by clicking the Retreat Brochure image. Or you can browse online by the access links on this page.

CLASS SELECTIONS:

When choosing your basket classes, please note the skill level, tools required, and time allowed to make sure you are able to meet all requirements. Please remember that it is not fair to the instructor or the other students to take a class that is beyond your skill level of expertise and that you are not ready to handle. Some classes may have special tools required. Also note the dimensions of the project as some may be larger or smaller than they appear in the featured photo. Some classes may offer more than one project within the same class. Others may offer color options. Please make sure you have made all your choices, or one may be assigned for you.

Skill Levels:
Beginner – The beginner weaver has little to no experience and has woven only a few baskets. They need practice with basic weaving techniques, bases, and shaping. These weavers are acquiring skills to become proficient in over/under weaving, start/stop weaving, twining, and rim lashing as well as learning to control shape.
Beginner/Intermediate – Having gained basic weaving skills, this skill level introduces new pattern weaves such as twill and different rim and lashing finish variations. Larger baskets and patterns with specific weaving instruction are included at this level.
Intermediate – Intermediate weavers have gained proficiency in weaving techniques. They are able to begin with ease and little instruction and have mastered basic weaving techniques. They do not need direction for setting up bases, twining, completing over/under weaves, or creating rims using the specific materials mentioned in the class description.

Advanced – Advanced weavers are proficient. They have mastered most weaving techniques and are ready to be challenged. Teachers are confident these students will not need assistance with basic weaving skills. Advanced weavers often design their own baskets and are quite experienced in most techniques.

Browse the entire selection of classes by scrolling through this slide show of photos. Details of each class offering can be found by opening the daily tabs in dark orange below.

TUESDAY CLASSES - Click Here

101WI – TORTOISE SHELL with CANE HANDLE
Tuesday – 4 Hours – 8 am until Noon – Class Fee: $50
Dimensions: 5-8” Dia x 4 ½ Height (10 ½ Height w/Handle)
All Levels of Weavers * Debbie Wilson
Students will weave cane continuously over round reed tightly against a gourd that is pre-cut and drilled, dyed, and finished inside and out. The challenge is weaving tight against the gourd. Create a rim with the spokes and then cane wrap a handle through the gourd “ears”.
Color Options: Browns and Blacks to appear like Tortoise Shell.
Special Tools Required: Awl, Scissors, Standard Weaving Tools.
102RI – SUMMERTIME IN ILLINOIS
Tuesday – 4 Hours – 8 am until Noon – Class Fee: $48
Dimensions: 12” Length x 9 ½” Width x 7” Height
All Levels of Weavers * Bonnie Rideout
Start on a woven, filled base. Techniques include filling a base with “chicken feet”, start/stop weaving, inserting leather handles, use of overlays, double lashing, and wrapping the rim filler. Little metal feet are placed on the bottom of the basket.
Color Options: As shown with accents of moss green and smoked reed.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

103WI – COILED WITH TWO CHOPSTICKS
Tuesday – 4 Hours – 1 pm until 5 pm – Class Fee: $48
Dimensions: 5 - 8” Diameter x 9” Height
All Levels of Weavers * Debbie Wilson
Students will coil Danish cord using waxed thread around the opening of a gourd that has been pre-cut, drilled, dyed and sprayed. Learn how to create overlaps and how to wrap thread to create hook to catch a new coil, adding bead embellishment, and finish by inserting chopsticks into the weaving pattern.
Color Options: Tones of Brown, Black, and Naturals (as shown).
Special Tools Required: Scissors.
104NE – PINE NEEDLE CAMEO JEWELRY TRAY
Tuesday – 4 Hours – 1 pm until 5 pm - Class Fee: $55
Dimensions: 7” Length x 6” Width x ¾” Height
Beginner / Intermediate * Barb Nelson
Make a stunning jewelry tray suitable for your dresser top! Learn the wheat stitch, fern stitch and wraps. Project comes with a pre-made, handcrafted center featuring a classic cameo on a decorative wood background set in epoxy resin for durability. Holes are pre-drilled for stitching. This tray also makes an attractive wall hanging.
Color Options: A variety of waxed thread colors available in class.
Special Tools Required: Everything provided but feel free to bring your favorite tools if you like.

105MI – BLACK VELVET
Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $60
Dimensions: 10 ½” Length x 8 ½” Width x 4 ½” Height
All Levels of Weavers * Pam Milat
This eye-catching basket is woven on an ebony stained ellipse or egg shaped wood base. Students will continuously weave a seven spoke twill pattern to complete their basket. Rim is lashed with dyed flat oval reed.
 
Color Options: As shown.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.
106MR – GENEVA
Tuesday – 6 Hours – 10 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $65
Dimensions: 12” L x 9” W x 3” H (4 ½” H Incl. Handle)
Intermediate * Debbie Mroczenski
The tray is all about the cane wrapped handles which start at the base of the weaving on one side and the pattern continuously weaves to the base on the other side. The uniquely shaped wood base adds to the elegance of the overall design.
Color Options: Brown and Natural (as shown).
Special Tools Required: Small Packing Tool, Tapestry Needle, and Insta-Cure (purple label) Glue

107MC – MISS MARBLE
Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $75
Dimensions: 13” Length x 6” Width x 7” Height
Beginner / Intermediate * Peggy McCarson
By marbling the base directly or with a Modpodged paper, Miss Marble shows her true blue colors. Techniques include 3-rod wale, 2-rod arrow, and a cross stitch to hold the marbled maple strip in place. Hand dyed leather handles are added. Teacher will demo the marbling technique.
Color options: As shown in Navy and Turquoise.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.
108TA – 8” LEGACY TUB
Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $145
Dimensions: 8” Diameter x 5 ¼” Height (6 ½” H w/Handles)
Intermediate * Eric Taylor
This Legacy Tub features striking laminated ear handles. Black Ash is sandwiched between the two pieces of cherry for the stunning contrast. Made from 100% pounded Brown Ash. The basket is mold woven and with a Cherry wood base. The tub is finished with Cherry nailed rims.
Colors: As shown.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

109KO - CIRCUITOUS
Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $80
Dimensions: 10 ½” Length x 7 ½” Width x 5” Height to Rim
Intermediate * Karen Kotecki
Begin on an oval oak wood base. Stop/start weaving brings up the sides including overlays and dyed weavers. Glue spokes to the rim row and lash with coordinating waxed cord. Learn loop-and-catch technique that captures the circuitous double sea grass loops and lashing technique that secures the wood beads and dowel handles.
Color Options: As shown in Navy, Wine, and Natural.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.
110MZ – RIVER CANYON
Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $85
Dimensions: 20” L x 11” W x 11” H to Rim (18” H w/Hndls)
Intermediate * Jimmie Earl & Mary McKinzie
This large, robust basket has a filled base and features sides woven with natural reed and a twill pattern of dyed weavers framed by triple twining. The basket is finished with overlays and two swing flat-top push-in handles. The end result is a striking and useful basket!
Colors: Color choices will be available at class time.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

111BO – RIBBED RHODODENDRON
Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $90
Dimensions: 17” Length x 12” (Sizes Will Vary)
Intermediate * Anne Bowers
Start with a frame already pre-drilled into a piece of real West Virginia rhododendron – a lovely hard wood worthy of a basket handle. Students will weave with dyed reed and sea grasses, coir, yarns, natural fibers and other materials. Even the ribs are dyed!
 
Colors: Choose Autumn, Greens, or Blues (as shown in order)
Special Tools Required: A sharpened knife is a MUST.
112DU – RAFFIA SUN HAT
Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $89
Dimensions: Varies
All Levels of Weavers * Jeanne Dudley
 
Learn to stitch natural braided raffia into a sun hat using a hat mold that you can take home with you from class. Have fun personalizing your hat with your favorite scarf, tie, or brooch or choose from one in class that the teacher will have available.
Colors: Natural, as shown.
Special Tools Required: Teacher will provide.

113PE – NANTUCKET STYLE BASKET w/BEADS
Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $85
Dimensions: 6 ½” Diameter x 4 ½” Height
Beginner / Intermediate * Kathy Petronzio
This pretty 6” Nantucket style basket is woven over a plastic bowl. The spokes are flat oval and the weaving is bleached cane. An accent band using waxed linen is added at the top. Beads are threaded on before the 3/8” flat oval rim is completed.
 
Colors: Choose either Blue or Black Plum (shown).
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.
114BR – 8” ROUND TRAY
Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $115
Dimensions: 8” Diameter x 4” Height
All Levels of Weavers * Trisha Brown
Weave a tray using a Cherry wood base that features a nautical inspired laser carving. Students will begin with pre-bent cherry staves and weave on a class mold finishing with a Cherry rim.
 
Base Choices: Shells (as shown in large basket), Crab, Lobster, Sea Horses (small basket photo), Starfish, Nautical Anchor, or Scallop Shell
Special Tools Required: All tools will be provided.

Beach Basket Bingo & Social Reception

Tuesday Evening - 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm - Cost $25
Join us for a fun-filled Tuesday night of socializing with friends, enjoying an array of finger foods and cocktail hors d'oeuvres, and winning some amazing prizes ... including a complete RETREAT PATTERN BOOK!
 
Pre-registration is required and an option to attend is on your Registration Form. For full details, click on the photo above.
 
We hope to see you there. It's going to be a fabulously enjoyed evening!

WEDNESDAY CLASSES - Click Here

215RI – LUNCH TOTE
Wednesday – 4 Hours – 8 am until Noon – Class Fee: $45
Dimensions: 10 ¾” Length x 7” Width x 8” to Rim
Beginner / Intermediate * Bonnie Rideout
This is an updated lunch tote that was designed many years ago. The basket starts on a woven, filled base using the “chicken feet” method of tucking filler spokes. Techniques include start/stop weaving, twining, triple twining with step up, and vertical overlays. Embellished to finish with buttons and metal feet on the bottom.
Colors: Pale Pink and Smoked Reed (as shown).
Special Tools Required: Standard Weaving Tools
216MN – PATRIOTIC WREATH
Wednesday - 4 Hours – 1 pm until 5 pm – Class Fee: $40
Dimensions: 12” Diameter
All Levels of Weavers * Rami McKinney
Weave a patriotic and nautical inspired wreath on a 12” wire frame using sea grass as your weaver. Students will learn to do turn-backs. Finish your creation with wire tied on embellishments. The finished wreath will look great hanging on your front door or patio.
Colors: As shown in Natural, Red, White and Blue.
Special Tools Required: Standard Weaving Tools.

217TA – COTTAGE KITCHEN CADDY
Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 PM – Class Fee: $135
Dimensions: 12” L x 5 ½” W x 3” H to Rim (7” H w/Handle)
Intermediate * Eric Taylor
This is a new version of Eric’s favorite torpedo shaped baskets. Students will weave on a mold using hand pounded Black Ash uprights and weavers. The caddy is finished with a Cherry wood handle across the basket and finished with nailed Cherry Rims.
Colors: As shown.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.
218KO – ENCIRCLED
Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $80
Dimensions: 6 ½” Diameter x 7 ½” Height
Intermediate * Karen Kotecki
Circles are the theme on this spherical basket which starts on a round oak base. Weave continuously with skip stitches paying attention to shaping to get the elegant shape. Rim starts with twined arrows, then loop spokes over the round rim. Circle the rim then with a row of looped braiding, securing to the inside.
Color Options: Harvest as shown.
Special Tools Required: Tapestry needle and glue.

219BO - SEASHELL
Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $120
Dimensions: 25” Approximate Length
Advanced * Anne Bowers
This unique sculptural design is the result of many years of study and weaving by Anne. The basket ribs are pre-drilled. Students will weave using dyed reed, sea grass, and dyed palm inflorescence beginning by inserting primary ribs and then secondary ribs. Each basket will be unique. NOTE: STUDENTS WILL NOT FINISH IN CLASS BUT WILL HAVE KNOWLEDGE TO COMPLETE AT HOME.
Special Tools Required: Sharpened knife.
220MC – QUATREFOIL WALL HANGING
Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $60
Dimensions: 25” Diameter
Intermediate * Peggy McCarson
Three patterns are used in this design. A small cathead is used in the corners of the base. The middle is repeated every four (quatre) rows. The last weaving ends up in an over 1 / under 1 design. The base and outside are outlined with waxed linen.
Colors: Choose Green/Tan(Cocoa)/Wine, Navy/Tan(Cocoa)/Teal, or Wine/Tan(Cocoa)/Mauve.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

221CI – COILED CABBY
Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $75
Dimensions: Approx. 6” Diameter x 3” Height
All Levels of Weavers * Char Ciammaichella
Students will learn coiling using a stone cabochon for the center. Coiling using waxed linen, you will learn the spiral stitch, a wrapped row stitch, as well as adding beads within the coils. Depending on your skill level, the stitch complexity may vary. You may not finish within the class period but will have skills to complete design.
Colors: Stone options, thread, and bead colors available in class.
Special Tools Required: A personal light will be helpful.
222PE – HERB BASKET with GRETCHEN BORDER
Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $75
Dimensions: 20” L x 11” W x 6” H to Rim (8” H w/Handle)
Intermediate * Kathy Petronzio
What a pretty market style basket! Learn the shaping and weaving techniques to create the elegant shaping of this traditional herb basket. Finish out your masterpiece by weaving a beautiful braided Gretchen rim. A great basket for the garden or the Farmer’s Market!
Colors: Choose either Teal / Blue or Cranberry (as shown).
Special Tools Required: Standard Weaving Tools.

223MR – ALICIA
Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $80
Dimensions: 11 ½” Length x 6” Width x 10” Height to Rim
Beginner / Intermediate * Debbie Mroczenski
This heavy-duty use tote has a riveted bottom and custom leather handles. Weaving is a 2/2 twill with cane overlays. Good shaping is important to keep sides straight. The two flat oval “rims” stabilize and strengthen the tote as well as provide a hiding place for the vertical overlay ends. Alicia is lashed with poly cord.
Colors: Brown and Natural (as shown).
Special Tools Required: Tapestry Needle and Insta-Cure Glue.
224SH – MY MOTHER’S BASKET
Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $75
Dimensions: 17” Length x 8” Width x 12” Height to Handle
Advanced * Jodi Shebester
Patience will be required in weaving this very unique market basket which begins on a woven base (with fillers). The braid in the middle of the basket is woven below (and in reverse above) a wide maple strip. Please note that braid experience is a MUST when taking this class.
Colors: Aqua and Natural (as shown).
Special Tools Required: Awl and Needle Nose Pliers.

225BE - LILLIANA
Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $82
Dimensions: 11 1/2" Diameter x 5" Height to Rim
Intermediate * Becky Bechtel
Start on an iridescent and sparkling hand painted and epoxy resin coated oak wood base. Twill weaving on a mold will insure a perfect shape. After lashing with waxed linen, the crowning touch of wood beads and light-catching Austrian crystals will be added.
Color Options: Choose Orange/Pink or Teal/Copper.
Special Tools Required: Tapestry Needle, Beading Needle (and Beading Tray is helpful) and Small Packing Tool.
226MI – EAST WEST ON WHEELS
Wednesday – 10 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm,
Continues 7 pm until 9 pm – Class Fee: $90
Dimensions: 20” Length x 12” Width x 12” Height to Rim
Intermediate * Pam Milat
Built on a woven and partially filled base, the delightful carry-all has dual colored Cherokee wheels that direct triple twined arrows both to the East and West.
Color Options: Choose Brown/Coral/Lime with Brown Leather Handles or Black/Royal Blue/Frost Grey with Black Handles.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

227DU – TAPESTRY SHOULDER BAG
Wednesday – 10 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm,
Continues 7 pm until 9 pm – Class Fee: $98
Dimensions: 13” Length x 4” Width x 11” Height to Rim
Advanced * Jeanne Dudley
Design your own pattern as you weave this bag over a cardboard mold learning increasing and decreasing weaving while outlining with triple twining to create the tapestry effect. Leather, wire, reed, cloth, cane, jute, sea grass, or broom corn can be woven into it. Basket liner included and a belt will be used for the handle.
Special Tools Required: Standard Weaving Tools.
 
TEACHER'S MARKETPLACE
Wednesday 5:30 - 6:30 pm
 

It's time to do some shopping! The highly anticipated Teacher's Marketplace will be begin at 5:30 pm. Many teachers will have a variety of kits, patterns, and other basket related supplies available for your shopping pleasure. This is a such a fun time ... even if it does get a little chaotic with the adrenaline rush of being the first to find the best bargains!

Our vendors, MJE2Weave (Jimmie Earl & Mary McKinzie), Bonnie's Baskets (Bonnie Rideout), and Phoenix Rising Ultd. (Artgal's Studio / Barb Nelson) will also have their booths open for these extended shopping hours.

WEDNESDAY EVENING CLASSES - Click Here

328BO – GERMAN BRAID TRIVET
Wednesday – 2 Hours – 7 pm until 9 pm – Class Fee: $35
Dimensions: 6” Length x 5” Width
All Levels of Weavers * Anne Bowers
When Anne went to the Basketry Festival in Lichtenfels, Germany, she was really inspired by this braid. Students will make a trivet using dyed round reed and Hamburg cane. The braid itself may be a bit confusing at first, but you will soon catch on!
Colors: As shown.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.
329MC – SERVING TRAY
Wednesday – 2 Hours – 7 pm until 9 pm – Class Fee: $30
Dimensions: 18” Length x 7” Width x 2 ½” Height to Rim
All Levels of Weavers * Peggy McCarson
Update your serving tray and give it a new look by weaving around it! Using either a 3 or 4 compartment tray as the mold, students will incorporate start / stop weaving with read and sea grass. Handles are a unique combination of a painted dowel and beads.
 
Colors: Choose Wine, Navy, or Turquoise.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

333KO – AWLSOME (two corks)
Wednesday – 2 Hours – 7 pm until 9 pm – Class Fee: $35
Dimensions: 2 ½” Length x 1” Diameter
All Levels of Weavers * Karen Kotecki
This mini cedar bark spoke basket is woven around a cork and is designed to keep those pointy-tipped awls secure. After a hex start, tie the spokes to the cork, weave the sides with waxed poly cord and add more cedar. A twined down border secures the weaving to the top of the cork. Weave one in class and take one home.
Colors: BOTH Burgundy/Tan and Brown/Pumpkin included in class.
Special Tools Required: Sharp shears.
331MR – TEAR DROP PENDANT (three pendants)
Wednesday – 2 Hours – 7 pm until 9 pm – Class Fee: $30
Dimensions: 3 ¾” Length x 1 ¼” Width
All Levels of Weavers * Debbie Mroczenski
Start with natural cane and continuous weave up this teardrop shape. Add a leather neck cord and a wood bead and you’ll have a unique and elegant necklace. At least one tear drop will be completed in class. Supplies for an additional natural teardrop plus a dyed cane option will be included to take home with you.
Colors: Class kit includes two natural and one dyed cane.
Special Tools Required: Standard Weaving Tools.

332RI – SAIL AWAY
Wednesday – 2 Hours – 7 pm until 9 pm – Class Fee: $35
Dimensions: 7” W x 2 ½” D x 8” H to Rim (20” H w/Handle)
All Levels of Weavers * Bonnie Rideout
Sail Away is woven on a “quick weave” handle. Just slide in the spokes and weave! No locking row is required. It’s a pretty basket for your wall or door. The sailboat embellishment is secured with waxed linen so it can be easily changed out with the seasons.
Colors: Accent color in blues.
Special Tools Required: Spoke weight will be helpful.

THURSDAY CLASSES - Click Here

433BE – “MATILDA” w/PAINTED TILE
Thursday – 4 Hours – 8 am until Noon – Class Fee: $68
Dimensions: 10” Diameter x 4” Height
Intermediate (Advanced Rim) * Becky Bechtel
Begin by choosing a tile that has been hand painted and sealed with epoxy resin for your sublimation style solid Walnut wood base. Techniques include triple twining and three strand braid weave. ADVANCED weavers can choose to learn the unique braided rim. Alternative rim styles will be available for those less experienced.
Colors: A variety of tiles to choose from available in class.
Special Tools Required: Tapestry Needle and Small Packer Tool.
434BE – “KIRA” Painted & Epoxy Base
Thursday – 4 Hours – 1 pm until 5 pm – Class Fee: $58
Dimensions: 7 ½” Diameter x 4” Height to Rim
Beginner / Intermediate * Becky Bechtel
Peek inside at the pretty hand painted and epoxy resin coated oak wood base. You can choose to weave on a mold or free form weave to determine your shape. Triple twining includes glass beads and the rim technique excludes “folding and tucking” spokes.
Colors: As shown, although each base will be unique.
Special Tools Required: “Big Eye” Beading Needle (Beading Tray helpful) and Tapestry Needle.

435RI – BEACH BABE
Thursday – 6 Hours – 8 am until 3 pm – Class Fee: $50
Dimensions: 13” Length x 9 ½” Width x 9” Height to Rim
Beginner / Intermediate * Bonnie Rideout
Start on a filled, woven base reinforced with flat oval reed. Techniques include start / stop weaving, triple twining with a step up, and ending the triple twining with a “swirl” on the outside of the basket in a nautical twist. Shaker tape handles and a beachy metal sign complete the look.
Colors: As shown in Blue Spruce with Smoked reed.
Special Tools Required: Standard Weaving Tools.
436PE – JAPANESE PIN CUP (FLOWER FROG)
Thursday – 4 Hours – 8 am until Noon – Class Fee: $65
Dimensions: 4” Diameter x 3” Height
Beginner / Intermediate * Kathy Petronzio
This unique basket is woven over an iron pin cup, also known as a flower frog. Begin on an Ash wood base and add flat oval reed spokes. Weaving is over/under using bleached cane. Flat oval reed rims are added, and the basket is lashed with waxed linen. Perfect to display your fresh cut garden blooms!
Colors: As shown.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

437PE – NANTUCKET JAPANESE BLUE & WHITE BOWL
Thursday – 6 Hours – 8 am until 3 pm – Class Fee: $75
Dimensions: 6” Diameter x 3 ½” Height
Beginner / Intermediate * Kathy Petronzio
This Nantucket style bowl is woven over a very pretty blue and white bowl which serves as a mold for weaving. The design uses reed for spokes and bleached cane for the weavers. A coordinating Navy Blue flat oval rim is added with waxed linen thread and nails.
Colors: Choose from either a Dogwood (shown) or Dragonfly ceramic bowl in class.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.
438MR – FRENCH FANCY
Thursday – 6 Hours – 8 am until 3 pm – Class Fee: $60
Dimensions: 12 ½” Diameter x 6” Height
Intermediate * Debbie Mroczenski
French randing and two fancy braids make this reed bowl a stand-out. Start with double spokes on a wood base and then learn the French randing technique that forms the body of the basket. No pesky ends at the top as the weavers turn into a 3-step braid. Finish with a strong 3-step rim braid.
Colors: Choose either Natural or Wine / Natural (as shown).
Special Tools Required: Standard Weaving Tools.

439SH – WINDOW FOR TINA
Thursday – 6 Hours – 8 am until 3 pm – Class Fee: $60
Dimensions: 9 ½” Diameter x 6 ½” Height
Intermediate * Jodi Shebester
Learn to weave this double walled basket which incorporates double spokes, a twined base, triple twining, false spokes … and the “window”. You will be “bending the rules” to form the window. How fun!!
 
Colors: Aqua / Beach or Red / Holiday
Special Tools Required: A spoke weight will be helpful.
440TA – COTTAGE #5 ROUND SWING
Thursday – 6 Hours – 8 am until 3 pm – Class Fee: $125
Dimensions: 5” Diameter x 4” Height to Rim (8” H w/Handle)
Intermediate * Eric Taylor
Start – or continue – building The Cottage Round Swing set. This is the 5” sized basket. Students will create the basket while weaving on a mold using hand pounded Black Ash uprights and weavers. The basket is finished with a Cherry wood handle and rims.
Colors: As shown.
Special Tools Required: Standard Weaving Tools.

441KO – TABLETOP TOTE
Thursday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $80
Dimensions: 8 ½” Length x 7” Width x 5 ½” Height to Rim
Advanced * Karen Kotecki
Two baskets in one designed to sit on the table. The inside basket is simple, woven continuously and lashed. Outer basket has an oval wood base. Shaping is key while weaving as the back is flat, sides round, and front flares. Create and wrap a handle with sea grass. Lash and join the two baskets.
Color Options: As shown in Natural and Brown.
Special Tools Required: Tapestry needle and glue.
442MN – FIBER FUN, a RIBBED BASKET
Thursday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $70
Dimensions: Approx. 14” Length x 8” Width x 10” Height w/Handle
Beginner / Intermediate * Rami McKinney
Students will begin in this class on the braided handle embellishment. A God’s Eye is then formed and primary ribs inserted. Add secondary ribs and weave with dyed and natural reed and dyed sea grass while learning how to do turn-backs.
Colors: As shown in blended blues with dyed sea grass.
Special Tools Required: Standard Weaving Tools.

443CI – SMOOTH COILING AHEAD
Thursday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $75
Dimensions: 5” to 6” Diameter x 2 ½” Height
Beginner / Intermediate * Char Ciammaichella
Begin your base on an oval or diamond shaped cabochon of your choice. Learn the slant / single stitch, and how to add a new thread and change colors. Coil the bottom, then learn to shape the sides. Beads are added and the rim is a diamond stitch. Note that you may not finish within the class period but will have necessary skills.
Colors: Variety of waxed linen thread and beads in class.
Special Tools Required: A personal light will be helpful.
440BO – RANDOM WEAVE
Thursday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $65
Dimensions: 8” Diameter x 8” Height w/Handle
All Levels * Anne Bowers
Random weave baskets are not so difficult to figure out – there’s a plan! Let Anne show you how to make your frame, start weaving, and create a beautiful, strong, and functional basket. You’ll be saving your scrap odds and ends of dyed reed to make many, many more of these one-of-a-kind designs!
Colors: Many multi-colored reeds available in class to choose from.
Special Tools Required: Standard Weaving Tools.

445JO – ANDRAYA’S EASTER BASKET
Thursday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $80
Dimensions: 15” L x 19” W x 10” H to Rim (24” H w/Handle)
Beginner / Intermediate * Amy Jorgensen
This extra-large Easter basket starts on a wood base with attached handle. Basket is flared and woven separately from the decoratively wrapped handle. Learn a fun and elegant braided border using round reed for a crowning touch. Adding to the Easter theme, a painted ash strip will be added.
Colors: As shown.
Special Tools Required: Standard Weaving Tools.
446MZ – Black Forest
Thursday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $66
Dimensions: 9” Length x 7” Width x 11” Height
Intermediate * Jimmie Earl & Mary McKinzie
A dramatic use of twills results in a striking accent for your home. Starting with a pre-finished black wood base, the basket is woven over a small trash can which remains inside as a permanent liner. The sides are woven with a choice of simple or complex twill using bleached cane.
Colors: As shown in Black and Natural.
Special Tools Required: Standard Weaving Tools.
CLASS ASSIGNMENT POLICY:

Classes will be assigned randomly with a weighted preference to those postmarked by August 31, 2020. However, NO ONE is guaranteed their first choices of classes, but every attempt will be made to insure you are happy with your assignments. Do not sign up for classes that you are unwilling to take. You will be notified by email on approximately October 1, 2020 of your class assignments. Payments for your assigned classes are due by October 31, 2020.

REGISTRATION FEE:

Your registration fees include a very nice lunch buffet (that includes iced tea and coffee) that will be served at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Dining for lunch will be outside on the patio if weather allows. If you have food allergies, a form will be available at the Registration Desk to complete so that we may notify the kitchen.

REFUND AND CANCELLATION POLICIES:

We will be closely monitoring COVID-19 conditions and any regulatory mandates from the city, county, and state officials. Full details of the retreat cancellation policy, as well as potential refunds of fees paid can be found on page 7 of the Retreat Brochure. While we certainly can't predict possible restrictions we will be doing our absolute best to provide you a safe environment to gather in. However, you are taking full responsibility for your own safety by attending this event.

Let's Shop!

Let's Shop!

MARKETPLACE:

A Teacher's Marketplace will be held in the weaving room on Wednesday evening from approximately 5:45 until 6:30 pm. Teachers will have patterns, supplies, kits, and basketry related items available. The teacher’s email addresses and websites have been indicated on page 23 of the Retreat Brochure. Please visit their websites and let them know if you would like them to bring you something specific.

SILENT AUCTION:

You will find so many treasures at the Silent Auction! There will be a vast array of weaving materials, patterns, kits plus a variety of other items to bid on. The bidding gets fast and furious as each sets their sight on taking home specific items. You'll have to stay on top of your bidding sheets with the highest to win the prized items.

It would be greatly appreciated if you would consider donating an item or items to be included in the silent auction.  The proceeds provide seed money for the following year’s retreat. Silent auctions will be on both Tuesday and Wednesday with different items each day. Items should be picked up and paid for (cash, check, or credit card) at the end of each day.

VENDORS:

In addition to the teachers who may have kits, patterns, etc. available to browse and purchase at their teaching pods, there will be three vendors with booths to purchase basket weaving and pine needle coiling supplies from during the retreat.

Jimmie Earl and Mary McKinzie (MJE2Weave) will have a vending booth again this year. They will have an assortment of reed, sea grass, and tools for sale in addition to their basket kits. If you are needing particular supplies, please email them in advance at mje2weave@gmail.com.

Bonnie Rideout (Bonnie’s Baskets) is returning and will have a selection of basketry supplies including reed, kits, awesome embellishments, handles, etc. You can contact Bonnie at bonnierideout17@gmail to place an order in advance for pick up at the retreat.

Barbara Nelson of Phoenix Rising Ultd. (Artgal’s Studio on Facebook) will have a large selection of pine needle basketry supplies, basket centers, waxed threads and imitation sinews, gourds, tutorials, plus a variety of other miscellaneous tools and other supplies. For special order kits and dyed pine needles, contact her at bnelson7@cfl.rr.com.

Click Here for TEACHER CONTACT INFORMATION: (Pre-Order Kits & Weaving Materials)

Teacher Name Email Address Website(s)
Anne Bowers
dansgen@frontiernet.net
N/A
Trisha Brown - DELS Nantuckets
TrishaBrown19@gmail.com
Char Ciammaichella
CharWeave@gmail.com
www.CharsWeavings.com
www.Facebook.com/CharsWeavings
Jeanne Dudley
JDudley2122@gmail.com
N/A
Amy Jorgensen
aimj2106@gmail.com
N/A
Karen Kotecki
KKoteckiCell@gmail.com
N/A
Peggy McCarson
McCarsonP@gmail.com
N/A
Rami McKinney - Kindred Kountry
kindredkountry@yahoo.com
N/A
Jimmie Earl & Mary McKinzie - MJE2Weave
MJE2Weave@gmail.com
Pam Milat
MsPam_gs@yahoo.com
N/A
Debbie Mroczenski
DebMro@wi.rr.com
N/A
Barb Nelson - Phoenix Rising Ultd.
BNelson7@cfl.rr.com
Kathy Petronzio
Jake192@comcast.net
N/A
Bonnie Rideout - Bonnie's Baskets
BonnieRideout17@gmail.com
www.BonniesBasketsIL.com
www.Facebook.com/BonniesBaskets
Jodi Shebester
ShebesterJodi@gmail.com
N/A
Eric Taylor - Eric Taylor Basketry
Eric@EricTaylorBasketry.com
www.EricTaylorBasketry.com
www.Facebook.com/TaylorBasketry
Debbie Wilson - ARTBASGO
ArtBasGo@gmail.com
Becky Bechtel - Bright Expectations Baskets LLC
BeckyBechtel@gmail.com
Plan a few extra days with your stay to enjoy south Florida's beaches. The Crowne Plaza has graciously offered extended days at our group rate both before the retreat and afterwards. The driving distance to Ft. Myers Beach is only 9 1/2 miles. You can also have your toes in the sand on Sanibel Island or Captiva Island in 28 miles.
HOTEL INFORMATION:

A block of rooms is being held at the Crowne Plaza at Bell Tower Shops in Ft. Myers, Florida (13051 Bell Tower Drive, Ft. Myers, Florida 33907). You must make your own hotel reservations. The room base rate is $179 per night. Rate is for either a king/sleeper or double/double room.

Please Note: The block of rooms reserved for our event will be released on January 1, 2021 for general booking. There is no guarantee that there will be availability or that you will be able to receive this rate when booking after this date.

By phone: Call the Crowne Plaza at 239/482-2900 and ask for the BRIGHT EXPECTATIONS group rate.

By online booking: Please use this website booking link (www.crowneplaza.com). Enter your arrival and departure dates. The IATA #99801505 and Group Code EXP should already be filled in. Click “Book”. The next page opened should have the correct discounted rate.

Other hotels within relative close proximity to the venue are:
Fairfield Inn and Suites – 7090 Cypress Terrace; Ft. Myers, FL 33907 (844/631-0595)
Homewood Suites by Hilton – 5255 Big Pine Way; Ft. Myers, FL 33907 (855/655-0320)

Hilton Garden Inn – 12600 University Drive; Ft. Myers, FL 33907 (855/618-4697)

AIRPORT INFORMATION:

Southwest Florida International Airport / Ft. Myers (RSW) is located within 15-20 minutes of the hotel. Complimentary shuttle service is available by the Crowne Plaza (contact them for more information). There are several airlines that fly into this airport - some of which are not always noted when booking through travel related websites (such as Frontier Airlines – www.flyfrontier.com). A listing of airlines that fly into this airport may be found at: www.flylcpa.com/airlines.

The Charlotte County Airport (PGD) in Punta Gorda is a little over 30 minutes from the event location. Airlines that fly into this airport include Allegiant Air (www.AllegiantAir.com) which normally has good fares. Check with your hotel for shuttle service or transport recommendations.

Other airports in the general area that may be convenient to use are Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport (FLL), Tampa International Airport (TPA), St. Pete – Clearwater International Airport (PIE), and Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ). There are many shuttle and limo services in south Florida that provide transport to these airports also.

LOCAL RESTAURANTS, SHOPPING, and FT. MYERS BEACH:

The Crowne Plaza Hotel is located within the Bell Tower Shops which has many stores, restaurants, and a movie theater. For more information, visit their website at www.thebelltowershops.com. Ft. Myers Beach is located only 11 miles away with long stretches of white sand beaches.

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