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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
You may now register for the 2022 Weaving in the Sunshine State basket weaving retreat. Registrations postmarked by August 31, 2021 are considered "1st Day Registrations". Registrations received by this date will be given "preferential" treatment in assignment of classes. This does not guarantee you will receive all your first choices classes. Assignments are impacted by many factors. By providing an order of preference for up to five classes for each time period will insure that you receive classes that you will be happy with. Not choosing at least three options for each time period may result in not having any class assignment for that time frame.

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.


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 daily access links in orange below.

SLIDE SHOW OF CLASSES:
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.

SLIDE SHOW OF CLASSES:
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.

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

101CL - LEI MAKING
Tuesday – 4 Hours – 8 am until Noon – Class Fee: $50
Dimensions: Approximately 36" in Length
All Levels * Jelena Clay
Students will learn how to prep leaves and make a Hawaiian Ti leaf lei with Ti leaf roses. Wear your finished lei during the retreat and make it again for other special occasions. Substitute materials can be used in place of a Ti leaf. Basket embellishments can be made using the same techniques.
Colors: As shown.
Special Tools Required: Scissors.
102NE – RV/CAMPER or CAMEO - TRAY or WALL DECOR
Tuesday – 4 Hours – 8 am until Noon – Class Fee: $55
Dimensions: 7” Length x 6” Width x 1” Height
All Levels * Barb Nelson * www.DyedPineNeedles.com
Choose either a RV/Camper w/Map or a Cameo w/Filigree pre-made centerpiece for coiling a tray or wall décor project. This “sampler stitch” type of class allows students to learn new stitches based on previous skill levels. Beginners focus on basic stitching and wrapping. Intermediate coilers will incorporate more advanced Wheat, Ti, and Fern stitches.
Options: Choose either RV/Camper or Cameo centerpiece base. Waxed Linen Thread and/or Sinew color options in class.
Special Tools Required: Teacher provides everything needed.

103LA – PARLOR BROOM
Tuesday – 4 Hours – 8 am until Noon – Class Fee: $49
Dimensions: Varies
All Levels * Bev Larson
Back when homes had parlors, they had parlor brooms. The broom was on a shorter handle – usually 2 to 3 feet long. A variety of handles will be available to choose from. This broom has multiple layers and can be stitched flat or in the round.
Options: Handle variety in class. Multiple color options for cord and plaiting will also be available.
Special Tools Required: Teacher provides everything needed.
104KO – SQUASH BLOSSOMS
Tuesday – 4 Hours – 8 am until Noon – Class Fee: $45
Dimensions: 8” Diameter x 5” Height
Beginner / Intermediate * Karen Kotecki
This round basket begins on an oak base and flares slightly with start / stop weaving and adding cherry overlays. The “blossom” section incorporates rows of both cherry and maple wood strips curling maple strips for the curls. Finish the basket by lashing with waxed cord.
Colors: Natural – As shown.
Special Tools Required: Glue, sharp side cutters, and tapestry needle.

105CI – BYZANTINE MOBIUS BRACELET (Sterling Silver)
Tuesday – 4 Hours – 1 pm until 5 pm – Class Fee: $95 (Sterling Silver)
Dimensions: 7” Length x ¼” Width
All Levels * Char Ciammaichella
Begin by practicing opening and closing using copper jump rings before moving on to sterling silver. Joining the jump rings into a specific pattern creates the beautiful design.
Options: Sterling Silver (Gold filled mobious option in class.)
Special Tools Required: Ott light and any seeing aids (magnifiers) you choose. Two pairs of jewelry chain nose pliers if you have them. Teacher will have in class for those that do not.
106KO - DIAMONDS
Tuesday – 4 Hours – 1 pm until 5 pm – Class Fee: $45
Dimensions: 8” Diameter x 5 ½” Height
All Levels * Karen Kotecki
Weave on an oval oak wood base using dyed and natural spokes. The basket is lashed with poly cord. The dynamic diamond pattern is woven using dyed bleached cane – which weaves like leather when wet. Both the open and closed diamond will be taught.
Color Options: Emerald or Tangerine, as shown.
Special Tools Required: Glue, sharp side cutters, and tapestry needle.

107CL – PINE AND POD SWIRL
Tuesday – 4 Hours – 1 pm until 5 pm – Class Fee: $80
Dimensions: Approximate 6” Diameter x 7” Height
All Levels * Jelena Clay
A pre-cut gourd is provided. An explanation is provided for cutting your own future gourds. Pine needles are coiled around the rim adding in colored stones. Students will then paint the gourd with ombre’ dyes. Embellish your gourd with sewing on the leaf cut out and adding Fica tree pods.
Options: Colors as shown. Option of stones in class.
Special Tools Required: None.
108LA – AN AFTERNOON OF WHISKS (Up to 3)
Tuesday – 4 Hours – 1 pm until 5 pm – Class Fee: $59
Dimensions: Varies
Beginner / Intermediate * Bev Larson
The next step in basic broom making uses traditional Appalachian methods with a modern twist of color. Explore various styles of whisk brooms trying your hand at angel wings, turkey wings, hen’s wings, ostrich wings – with or without plaiting. Making up to 3 brooms is included in the class fee price.
Color Options: Color options for cord and plaiting available in class.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

109MM – SWEETGRASS BASKET WITH PINE KNOTS
Tuesday – 6 Hours –10 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $85
Dimensions: Varies
All Levels * Barbara McCormick
Create a cute, yet elegant sweetgrass basket! Students will coil with sweetgrass and Southern Pine long-leaf needles while lashing with strips of Palmetto. Techniques taught will enable students to design a variety of shapes and sizes of sweetgrass baskets.
Colors: Natural, as shown.
Special Tools Required: Scissors.
110HU – SENECA FALLS
Tuesday – 6 Hours – 10 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $45
Dimensions: 9” Diameter x 7 ½” Height
Intermediate * Debbie Hurd
This elegant basket starts on a wood base that is attached to a plastic mold to achieve a perfect shape. Techniques include 4-rod wale with step up, adding overlays to the rim, and a Fibonacci (O1, U2, O3) spiral weaving pattern. Molds can be purchased to keep for $5 in class.
Color Options: Assorted dyed reed color options in class.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

111MK - JADZIA
Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $68
Dimensions: 13” Length x 13” Width x 10” Height to Rim
Intermediate * Jimmie Earl & Mary McKinzie
This double walled design has contrasting interior and exterior. Inside the natural spokes and weaving are topped with rows of color. Placement of natural and dyed reed on the outside creates an eye-catching pattern. Black leather handles and wood spool feet accented with black yarn provide the finishing touches.
Color Options: Assorted dyed reed color options in class.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.
112TA – 8” LEGACY TUB
Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $145
Dimensions: 8” Diameter x 5 ¼” Height (6 ½” 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.

113MR - ALICIA
Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $85
Dimensions: 11 ½” Length x 6” Width x 10” Height to Rim
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.
114BE – NANTUCKET DITTY BAG
Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $115
Dimensions: 7 ½” Diameter x 7” Height to Rim
Beginner / Intermediate * Jan Beyma
Woven with cane stakes and weavers over a class mold, begin with a basic over/under pattern. Then switch to a twill weave, and then back to over/under. Rim and base will be pre-finished cherry. Bone knobs, a leather handle, and a liner will be added to finish your bag.
Options: Variety of fabric patterns available in class for your choice of basket liner.
Special Tools Required: All tools will be provided for class use.

115BO – TRIPLE BRAIDED MARGARET’S SQUARE
Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $70
Dimensions: 8” Diameter x 8” Height with Handle
Intermediate * Anne Bowers
This square ribbed basket is a great introduction to ribbed basket weaving – or a great refresher for those with experience. Students will learn how to weave a triple-braided handle, a God’s eye, whittle and insert ribs, and weave both cane and dyed reed. Shaping will be emphasized.
Color Options: Assorted dyed reed color options in class.
Special Tools Required: Sharp knife, awl, and shears.
116PE – NANTUCKET STYLE BASKET w/BEADS
Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $85
Dimensions: 6 ” Diameter x 5” Height
Intermediate * Kathy Petronzio
This pretty Nantucket style basket is woven over a plastic bowl mold. The spokes are flat oval and the weaving is reed and Hamburg cane. An accent arrow design band using waxed linen is added at the top. Miyuki beads will be sewn on after a diagonal design is achieved. Lashing is waxed linen thread.
Color Options: Choose either Blue or Black Plum (shown).
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

117AT – LAKE ONTARIO TOTE
Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $95
Dimensions: 12” Length x 6” Width x 12 Height to Rim
Advanced * Sandy Atkinson
The 4th in the Great Lakes Baskets series, this tote basket features a filled base, diagonal weaving, triple twining, leather lacing and handle. Also included in class is rock wrapping on an actual stone from Lake Ontario. Rocks will vary in shape and size.
Colors: As shown: Sand, Teal, Marine Blue, Light Blue. Tan Handle.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.
Tuesday Evening - 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm - Cost $25
Join us for a fun-filled Tuesday night of socializing with friends. Enjoy a hot buffet array of finger foods and cocktail hors d'oeuvres. There will be a cash bar of wine or beer choices along with soft drinks. We will be giving away some amazing prizes to the BINGO winners ... including a complete RETREAT PATTERN BOOK!
 
Have a lucky dauber? Bring it with you! Bingo cards will be provided and color chips for those without "lucky" daubers. Get ready to yell out ... BINGO!!
 
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

218LA – COBWEB BROOM
Wednesday – 4 Hours – 8 am until Noon – Class Fee: $49
Dimensions: Various
All Levels * Bev Larson
Start with a longer stick to reach those high areas and use traditional Appalachian methods to create a cobweb broom with long craft corn. Complete your broom choosing from a variety of plaiting at the top.
Options: Handle variety in class. Multiple color options for cord and plaiting will also be available.
Special Tools Required: Teacher provides everything needed.
219AT – BENT BRANCH RIBBED BASKET
Wednesday - 4 Hours – 8 am until Noon – Class Fee: $58
Dimensions: 8-10” Length x 8-10” Height
Intermediate * Sandy Atkinson
Woven on a bent branch OR branch elbow handle, this ribbed basket is a unique design. Each bent branch handle will be different – no two alike – and will be pre-drilled with preset ribs, ready to weave on. A 3-point hitch starts the basket, then continues into rib weaving using reed.
Colors: As shown in Natural and Dark Brown.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

220MC – TREASURE TRASH
Wednesday – 4 Hours – 8 am until Noon – Class Fee: $50
Dimensions: 10 ½” Length x 6” Width x 10” Height
All Levels * Peggy McCarson
Weave start/stop rows with 3-rod arrow on a stained racetrack base. Vertical curls are overlays woven around spokes. Rim features lashing (regular behind curls) to match with the overlays.
Colors: Painted Desert (shown) or Rain Forest (Royal Blue, Hunter Green, and Purple)
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.
221AL – WILLOW BERRY BASKET
Wednesday – 4 Hours – 1 pm until 5 pm – Class Fee: $65
Dimensions: 10” Diameter x 6” Height (14” H w/Handle)
Beginner / Intermediate * Beth Allman
Learn all about willow weaving - the terminology and basic techniques while using standard willow weaving tools. Weave a basic willow base, practice English randing for siding, and finish off weaving a standard willow rim and get a feel for weaving with this old-world material.
Moderate hand strength needed, some standing required.
Options: Natural English Willow – Black Maul
Special Tools Required: Sharp pocketknife and sharp clippers.

222AT – FOOTSTOOL (Weaver’s Choice)
Wednesday – 4 Hours – 1 pm until 5 pm – Class Fee: $60
Dimensions: 15” Length x 15” Width x 13” Height
All Levels * Steve Atkinson
The stained and sealed pine footstool frame comes ready for you to choose your weaving design. Options include Four Point Quad, Four Point Rag Twill, Buffalo Plaid, among others. Let your creativity inspire your own unique footstool! Note that this is NOT to be used as a stepping stool.
Color Options: Many colors of Shaker tape and nylon webbing will be available in class to choose from.
Special Tools Required: Heavy duty packing tool.
223VD – FLORIDA FROSTY & FRIEND
Wednesday – 4 Hours – 1 pm until 5 pm – Class Fee: $35
Dimensions: Approx. (Large) 6” Diameter x 10” Height
All Levels of Weavers * Sheri Van Duyn
The only Snowmen you want to see in Florida! Weave over molds that you keep and learn new techniques to get the perfect shape. One is twined and the other triple twined. Fun continues as you whitewash the pair. Embellishment is added … choose from native Florida materials if you’d like – even a seashell snowball!
Options: Variety of color trim, ribbon, and natural element options in class.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools. Optional: Glue gun, glue sticks, and extension cord. Teacher will provide some for those who do not have their own.

224MM – IT’S YOUR SWEETGRASS BASKET
Wednesday – 6 Hours – 10 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $85
Dimensions: Varies
All Levels * Barbara McCormick
Have a sweetgrass design that you’d like to try? Then this is the perfect class for you. Coil with sweetgrass and Southern Pine long-leaf needles and let your imagination inspire your design, shape, and size. Many techniques will be taught based on your experience level. Lash your basket with Palmetto strips.
Colors: Natural, as shown.
Special Tools Required: Scissors.
225KO – 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: Pumpkin (as shown), Teal, or Navy.
Special Tools Required: Tapestry needle and glue.

226MR – SWIRL UP
Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $85
Dimensions: 15 ½” Length x 8 ½” Width x 6 ½” Height to Rim
Intermediate * Debbie Mroczenski
Weave a filled base on a tulip handle and then learn everything you need to know about 3-rod wale with step-ups. The 3-color dynamic center section is a relaxing continuous weave. Learn correct techniques for tight rounded rows on your Gretchen rim. Crown your basket with a lovely Butterfly knot.
Colors: Natural, Black, and Tan (as shown).
Special Tools Required: Insta-cure glue, awl, and spoke weight.
227MI – BOWL OF COLOR
Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $70
Dimensions:   9” Diameter x 4 ½” Height
Advanced * Pam Milat
A challenging basket for the advanced weaver with 3 techniques! Start with a cat-head base and then the sides are 2/2 twill weave with 20 different colored weavers. The basket is finished with a Gretchen rim. All may not finish but will have skill set to complete.
Color Options: Multi-Color, as shown.
Special Tools Required: 2-3 cloth spoke weights and 20+ gator clips.

228BE – TREVOR’S SWEET STASH
Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm - Class Fee: $90
Dimensions: 5” Diameter x 4” Height
Intermediate * Jan Beyma
Learn how to set up a Nantucket and then twill weave your basket using cane staves and weavers over a class provided plastic mold. A slip-on rim and lid will finish off your basket. The base, rim, and lid will be pre-finished Cherry Wood. And you’re ready to stash your sweet treats inside!
Colors: As shown.
Special Tools Required: All tools will be provided for class use.
229CI – SMOOTH COILING
Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm - Class Fee: $85
Dimensions: 5” Diameter x 3” Height
All Levels * Char Ciammaichella
Choose your own cabochon shape to start and then learn the slant / single stitch and how to add thread and change colors. Coil the bottom and then learn how to shape the sides and add beads. Depending on skill level, you may not complete during class time, but will have skills to finish on your own.
Options: Various stones, thread, and beads to choose from in class.
Special Tools Required: Small sharp scissors.

230HU - OAKLEY
Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $60
Dimensions: 18” Length x 6” Width x 12” Height to Handle
All Levels * Debbie Hurd
This is a nice large and narrow basket – great to sit beside your chair. Techniques include woven base with fillers, start/stop weaving, adding overlays, double lashing, wrapping a handle with a design and adding embellishment to the sides. Wood feet are provided to add after the basket is finished.
Color Options: Assorted dyed reed color options in class.
Special Tools Required: Small bent tip packer and spoke weight.
 
231TA – 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.

232BO – RIBBED RHODODENDRON
Wednesday – 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 that is already pre-drilled into a piece of real West Virginia rhododendron that is partially peeled of its bark – a lovely hard wood worthy of a basket handle. Students will insert primary and secondary ribs, then weave with dyed reed and sea grasses, coir, yarns, natural fibers and other materials.
Color Options: Assorted dyed reed color options in class.
Special Tools Required: A sharpened knife is a MUST and an awl.
 
233PE – SUMMER TOTE
Wednesday – 10 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm,
Continues 7 pm until 9 pm – Class Fee: $85
Dimensions: 12” Length x 6” Width x 7” Height to Rim
Intermediate * Kathy Petronzio
This class tote is woven using reed and dyed Hamburg cane. You begin with an Ash wood base and then weave a semi-double wall design. Colorful wood beads are attached at the center. A leather strap handle is woven in at the rim.
Color Options: Rust (as shown) or Blue.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

Wednesday Evening Teacher's Marketplace
 
 
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 (more or less). 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), Atkinson's Country House (Steve & Sandy Atkinson), and Phoenix Rising Ultd. (Artgal's Studio / Barb Nelson) will also have their booths open for these extended shopping hours.

Teachers may also have items displayed during the retreat for purchase. Please be considerate though and don't interrupt class to pay for your items. Many teachers have "bag it and tag it" to allow you to place your items in a shopping bag, write your name on the outside, and come back to pay outside of class time.

WEDNESDAY EVENING CLASSES - Click Here

334BO – TINY TAPESTRY NECKLACE
Wednesday – 2 Hours – 7 pm until 9 pm – Class Fee: $40
Dimensions: 1 ½” Width x 2 ½” Height
Intermediate * Anne Bowers
A charming necklace for you to wear! This tiny basket is made over a form using cane, waxed linen, yarn, and metallic thread. Each necklace will be unique!
Color Options: Assorted yarn color options and other materials to choose from in class.
Special Tools Required: Small awl and sharp shears.
335CL – LAUHALA HEARTS (Several)
Wednesday – 2 Hours – 7 pm until 9 pm – Class Fee: $45
Dimensions: 3” Width x 3” Height
All Levels * Jelena Clay
Students will create SEVERAL woven hearts in class. The hearts make wonderful basket embellishments, ornaments, or gift toppers. The Hala tree (Pandanus or Corkscrew Pine) has a long tradition in Hawaii. Pre-cut kits, lauhala material, and cutting tools will also be available for purchase.
Colors: Natural, as shown.
Special Tools Required: Scissors.

336MC – WILLIAMSBURG HANGINGS (Small & Large)
Wednesday - 2 Hours – 7 pm until 9 pm – Class Fee: $30
Dimensions: 13” Width x 10” Height (Larger Design)
All Levels * Peggy McCarson
Weavers will receive TWO Williamsburg handles and materials to weave BOTH wall hangings working on the larger one during class. The body of the basket does not go to the ends of the handles but forms a rectangle in the middle of it. Stain and decorations are not included in the class kit.
Colors: Natural, as shown.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.
337KO – FLOWER BASKET (2 Sets of Each Color)
Wednesday – 2 Hours – 7 pm until 9 pm – Class Fee: $35
Dimensions: 2 ½” Width x 1 ½” Height to Rim (2 ¾” w/Handle)
All Levels * Karen Kotecki
Weave this necklace of Japanese flower knots using bleached cane, a natural material that weaves like leather when wet. Learn the basic knot, how to join, how to create a base row, and add more. Faux leather is braided for the handle and used as the necklace cord. Natural made in class, weave the blue later. Plus the class kit includes material for a SECOND SET!!
Colors: Choose Wine, Navy, or Turquoise.

338MR – 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 * Debbie Mroczenski
Start with natural cane and continuous weave up this tear drop 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 another natural tear drop plus a dyed Harvest Brown cane option will be included to take home.
Colors: Class kit includes two natural and one dyed cane.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.
339AT – SAILOR’S KNOT BRACELET (Two Bracelets)
Wednesday – 2 Hours – 7 pm until 9 pm – Class Fee: $20
Dimensions: To fit wrist
All Levels * Sandy Atkinson
The Sailor’s Knot is a little tricky to start, but the weaving is fun and creative. Learn this old basic skill in a short time. Weave on a mold that is yours to keep. You’ll make two bracelets in class – one to wear and one to share!
Colors: As shown, white.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

340AT – BABY’S FIRST WOVEN CHAIR – Shaker Tape
Wednesday – 2 Hours – 7 pm until 9 pm – Class Fee: $49
Dimensions: 16” Back Height x 9” Seat Width/Depth x 8” Seat Height
All Levels * Steve Atkinson
The cutest little chair for little people! Just the right size to sit and read a book to dolly or teddy. This is a fun and quick class to learn the basic skills of Shaker Tape weaving. The chair frame will be stained, varnished and ready to weave on. NOT to be used as a stepping stool.
Colors: Many colors of shaker tape to choose from in class.
Special Tools Required: Heavy-duty packing tool.

THURSDAY CLASSES - Click Here

441MI – CHOCOLATE MINT TRIFLE
Thursday – 4 Hours – 8 am until Noon – Class Fee: $50
Dimensions: 9” Length x 5” Width x 5” Height
All Levels * Pam Milat
This layered look basket will temp the tastebuds of all who weave it! Start on a racetrack wood base and build your “trifle” with plaited rows of mint green and dark chocolate brown. Intersperse layers of natural “whipped cream” in a 3-rod wale. Finish your trifle with a folded rim.
Colors: As shown, Mint Green, Dark Brown, and Natural.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.
442MR – INTERLACED JUNIOR
Thursday – 4 Hours – 8 am until Noon – Class Fee: $40
Dimensions: 6” Diameter x 4” Height
Intermediate * Debbie Mroczenski
Interlaced is all about the rim. Start with round spokes inserted into a wood base. Weave on a mold for a quick weave to the top. You will have plenty of time to concentrate on the lovely rim technique that makes Interlaced Junior so spectacular.
Color Options: Natural or dyed reed spoke options in class.
Special Tools Required: Needle-nosed pliers.

443KO - COBBLESTONES
Thursday – 6 Hours – 8 am until 3 pm – Class Fee: $65
Dimensions: 5” Diameter x 7” Height
Beginner / Intermediate * Karen Kotecki
Cobblestones is full of color, texture, and technique. Add color and overlays as you weave the start / stop rows and slightly flaring the shape. Learn a continuous weave that creates the seagrass “cobblestones” and then a 2-story, stacked rim that is lashed with coordinating waxed cord is the crowning touch.
Color Options: Pumpkin (as shown), Navy, or Teal
Special Tools Required: Glue, sharp side cutters, and tapestry needle.
444CL – HAWAIIAN REEF FISH
Thursday – 6 Hours – 8 am until 3 pm – Class Fee: $110
Dimensions: 14” Length x 8” Width
All Levels * Jelena Clay
Create a fabulous Hawaiian Reef Fish for your wall. The weaving frame within the gourd will be prepared in advance, but all aspects of creating it will be explained. Different color tones will be available to make it your own. We will create the faces in class. Each fish will be unique to each student.
Options: As shown, with some options available in class.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

445PE – DIVIDED TIN TRAY
Thursday – 6 Hours – 8 am until 3 pm – Class Fee: $75
Dimensions: 10” Diameter x 3” Height (6” Height w/Handle)
All Levels * Kathy Petronzio
Space dyed reed is used for both the spokes and the weavers using a 10” ash wood base. The unique tin tray (not removable) will be used as your form / mold. A solid band of flat oval forms the rim which is lashed with waxed linen thread.
Color Options: Blues (as shown) or Purples
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.
446MC – THIS CAT HAS WHEELS
Thursday – 6 Hours – 8 am until 3 pm – Class Fee: $50
Dimensions: 8” Diameter x 7” Height
Beginner / Intermediate * Peggy McCarson
Weave a square base with cat head corners. Shape the body out and then straight up. Add 3-rod arrows with Cherokee Wheels between the arrows. The rim lashing features an outline with waxed linen thread. This one is a “wheely” good time to weave!
Color Options: Iceberg Blue (as shown), Pistachio, or Coral Rose
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

 


447BO – RANDOM WEAVE
Thursday – 6 Hours – 8 am until 3 pm – Class Fee: $75
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.
448TA – 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. Finish with a Cherry wood handle and rims.
Colors: As shown.
Special Tools Required: Standard Weaving Tools.

449MM – SWEETGRASS TRIVETS (Set of 2)
Thursday – 6 Hours – 8 am until 3 pm – Class Fee: $85
Dimensions: Varies
All Levels * Barbara McCormick
Create a set of sweetgrass trivets that can be used for décor – or everyday use. The set of two trivets will be coiled using sweetgrass and Southern Pine long-leaf needles while lashing with strips of Palmetto grass. Techniques taught will enable students to design a variety of shapes and sizes of Sweetgrass baskets.
Colors: Natural, as shown.
Special Tools Required: Scissors
450AL – DESIGN YOUR OWN SPRING BASKET
Thursday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $50
Dimensions: 9 ½” Diameter x 6” Height (13” Height w/Handle)
All Levels * Beth Allman
This design is great practice for weaving a round basket with flat spokes, shaping the sides, and weaving a braided rim. Wrap your handle showcasing your accent color. Learn fun-to-weave embellishments to add to your design to make those spring colors “POP”! Each basket will be unique and your own personal design.
Color Options: Selection of spring colors of dyed reed in class.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

451AT – COME GARDEN WITH ME
Thursday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $70
Dimensions: 18” Length x 10” Width x 11” Height to Rim (17” Height w/Handle)
Intermediate * Sandy Atkinson
A great way to carry your garden tools and still have room for your harvest! The reinforced base makes it super sturdy and elastic is woven into the sides to hold tools. A higher back makes everything visible and easy to get to. Embellishments may vary. Use it for picnics or even quilting supplies!
Colors: As shown, Dark Brown, Dark Green, and Natural.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.
452CI – COILED CABBY
Thursday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $89
Dimensions: 6” Diameter x 3” Height
Beginner / Intermediate * Char Ciammaichella
Begin coiling on an irregular shaped cabochon base learning the slant / single stitch, how to end / add thread, and when it is best to change colors and wrap a row of solid stitching. Shape as you wish coiling a table or wall basket – or even a tray. Add beads to your design. Students may not complete in class but will have skill set to finish on their own.
Options: Various stones, threads, and beads available in class.
Special Tools Required: Small sharp scissors.

453MK - TAYLA
Thursday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $55
Dimensions: 7” Diameter x 10” Height to Rim (18” Height w/Handle)
Intermediate * Jimmie Earl & Mary McKinzie
Woven over a class mold, this basket has matching spokes and weavers. A twill and natural triple twining accent the lower half. The highlight is the lattice design woven with waxed cotton. For the perfect finishing touch, the handle is attached with beautiful beads.
Color Options: Assorted colors available in class.
Special Tools Required: Standard Weaving Tools.

CLASS KITS AND EXTRA KITS TO WEAVE AT HOME

The "Class Fee" includes all materials required to make the project indicated. In some cases, more than one is included so be sure to check the class description for the full details.

Many teachers will have extra kits available for purchase at the retreat. If you would like to pre-order and reserve your extra kit(s) to make sure you don’t miss out, please contact the teacher direct. The Retreat Brochure has the teacher email addresses along with a page detailing the availability of kits with their prices. Note that these are “take home” or “free time” weaving kits – not your Class Kits.

Pre-order, stock up, and be prepared for weaving later!

453MK - TAYLA
Thursday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $55
Dimensions: 7” Diameter x 10” Height to Rim (18” Height w/Handle)
Intermediate * Jimmie Earl & Mary McKinzie
Woven over a class mold, this basket has matching spokes and weavers. A twill and natural triple twining accent the lower half. The highlight is the lattice design woven with waxed cotton. For the perfect finishing touch, the handle is attached with beautiful beads.
Color Options: Assorted colors available in class.
Special Tools Required: Standard Weaving Tools.

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:
All Levels – For the beginner weaver who has little to no experience and has woven only a few baskets all the way to advanced students. Beginners may 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.

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, 2022 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 BRE should already be filled in. Click “Book”. The next page opened should have the correct discounted rate.

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, 2022 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 BRE should already be filled in. Click “Book”. The next page opened should have the correct discounted rate.

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, 2022 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 BRE should already be filled in. Click “Book”. The next page opened should have the correct discounted rate.

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. 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). Check with your hotel for shuttle service or transport recommendations.

Retreat Merchandise
Tie-dye is hot this year and we've got some fun shirts and hats with a sunshine theme. Plus, by popular demand, many items have returned to choose from. You can order up until December 1, 2021 and take delivery at the February retreat. Shipping is available. All details can be found on the Merchandise Order Form.
Tie-dye is hot this year and we've got some fun shirts and hats with a sunshine theme. Plus, back by popular demand, many items have returned for your shopping options. You can order up until December 1, 2021 and take delivery at the February retreat. Shipping is available. All details can be found on the Merchandise Order Form.
Fort Myers Beach, Florida

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.

Plan a few extra days with your stay to enjoy south Florida's beaches.

2023 Weaving in the Sunshine State