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REGISTRATION IS OPEN and we have such an amazing lineup of classes with some of our craft's finest teachers. We would love to have you join us in sunny southwest Florida for our annual weaving event. Please note that there are many classes that are now FULL and CLOSED. Waitlists for these classes have now been generated. Closed classes are indicated on the Registration Form. You can access the Registration Form (only) by clicking the button above or it can be found within the full Retreat Brochure. If you need assistance in choosing classes or have questions, please contact me through the "Contact Me" green button, bottom right of this page. Provide your NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS, and PHONE NUMBER and I will contact you direct.


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.

Registration Information

Membership to a local or state guild is NOT a requirement for pre-registration or attendance for the Weaving in the Sunshine State basket weaving retreat. The registration fee is inclusive of all miscellaneous costs incurred for attending this event.
 
Each registered attendee will receive a Goodie Bag with our logo and filled with weaving related items, flyers, and coupons. The Goodie Bag is the perfect shopping accessory for Teachers Marketplace (on Wednesday evening) and for picking up weaving supplies from our vendors - MJE2 Weave (Jimmie Earl & Mary McKinzie), Phoenix Rising Ultd. (Barb Nelson), and Bonnie's Baskets (Bonnie Rideout). Don't forget to pre-order supplies and/or kits from the vendors and teachers for easy pick-up at the retreat! All of their contact information can be found within the Retreat Brochure.
 
Your (included) daily lunch buffet will be served with table linens, glass plates, and REAL silverware - not your typical convention boxed meal! The buffet selections are detailed on the slideshow photos. You will thoroughly enjoy dining and socializing out on the patio. There is so much positive feedback on the food!

Registration Information

Membership to a local or state guild is NOT a requirement for pre-registration or attendance for the Weaving in the Sunshine State basket weaving retreat. The registration fee is inclusive of all miscellaneous costs incurred for attending this event.
 
Each registered attendee will receive a Goodie Bag with our logo and filled with weaving related items, flyers, and coupons. The Goodie Bag is the perfect shopping accessory for Teachers Marketplace (on Wednesday evening) and for picking up weaving supplies from our vendors - MJE2 Weave (Jimmie Earl & Mary McKinzie), Phoenix Rising Ultd. / Art Gal Studio (Barb Nelson), and Bonnie's Baskets (Bonnie Rideout). Don't forget to pre-order supplies and/or kits from the vendors and teachers for easy pick-up at the retreat! All of their contact information can be found within the Retreat Brochure (links to websites noted in blue).
 
Your (included) daily lunch buffet will be served with table linens, glass plates, and REAL silverware - not your typical convention boxed meal! The buffet selections are detailed on the slideshow photos. You will thoroughly enjoy dining and socializing out on the patio. There is so much positive feedback on the food!

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.


Registration Information

Membership to a local or state guild is NOT a requirement for pre-registration or attendance for the Weaving in the Sunshine State basket weaving retreat. The registration fee is inclusive of all miscellaneous costs incurred for attending this event.
 
Each registered attendee will receive a Goodie Bag with our logo and filled with weaving related items, flyers, and coupons. The Goodie Bag is the perfect shopping accessory for Teachers Marketplace (on Wednesday evening) and for picking up weaving supplies from our vendors - MJE2 Weave (Jimmie Earl & Mary McKinzie), Phoenix Rising Ultd. / Art Gal Studio (Barb Nelson), and Bonnie's Baskets (Bonnie Rideout). Don't forget to pre-order supplies and/or kits from the vendors and teachers for easy pick-up at the retreat! All of their contact information can be found within the Retreat Brochure (links to websites noted in blue).
 
Your (included) daily lunch buffet will be served with table linens, glass plates, and REAL silverware - not your typical convention boxed meal! The buffet selections are detailed on the slideshow photos. You will thoroughly enjoy dining and socializing out on the patio. There is so much positive feedback on the food!

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

101NE – JOHN 3:16 or ART NOUVEAU BUTTERFLY
Tuesday – 4 Hours – 8 am until Noon – Class Fee: $48
Dimensions: 10” Length x 8” Width x ½” Height
All Levels * Barb Nelson
Class kit includes a pre-crafted center on a themed background set in epoxy resin. Project is an exercise in different stitches including a popcorn stitch creating a unique tray or wall décor piece. Beginners may be instructed to use different stitches (and may not finish in class). More photos at www.DyedPineNeedles.com.
Options: Choose either John 3:16 OR Art Nouveau Butterfly
Special Tools Required: Teacher provides all tools needed.
102VD – HOME TWEET HOME
Tuesday – 4 Hours – 8 am until Noon – Class Fee: $50
Dimensions: 6” Length x 6” Width x 10” Height
All Levels * Sheri VanDuyn
Not one, but TWO birdhouses will be woven. Weave the square lid option first for bluebirds. Then select a funnel and learn how to shape the spokes to adjust to the lid size using under / over weaving, a checkered pattern, and twining.
Options: Various dyed reed available in class to choose from. Shutters can be added.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

103MC – BY THE SEA
Tuesday – 4 Hours – 8 am until Noon – Class Fee: $35
Dimensions: 10” Length x 5” Width x 6” Height
All Levels * Peggy McCarson
Woven on a prepared racetrack shaped wood base, the spokes are held in place with blue round reed in a triple twine pattern. The middle part is start / stop weaving with twined arrow weaving. Lash the basket with waxed linen thread or cord. A teacher made pottery shell is added in front of dyed raffia for the finishing touch.
Colors: As shown.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.
104BA - LINNIE
Tuesday – 4 Hours – 1 pm until 5 pm – Class Fee: $45
Dimensions: 6 ½” Diameter x 3” Height
Beginner / Intermediate * Susan Baxter
Begin on an acrylic bloom base and use the basics of round reed weaving such as 3-rod wale and twining with hidden joins. Learn new concepts such as spoke insertion for creating a basket footing. Learn sizing and shaping a core suitable for the Japanese rolled border.
Colors: As shown. All bases will be unique.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools plus an awl and bent nose pliers. A tape measure and small level will be useful.

105RI – SEA BREEZE
Tuesday – 4 Hours – 1 pm until 5 pm – Class Fee: $40
Dimensions: 10 ½” Length x 6 ½” Width x 8” Height
All Levels * Bonnie Rideout
Start by weaving a woven and filled base. Other techniques include twining, triple twining with a step-up, and continuous weaving with sea grass. Sea Breeze is lashed three times – twice with reed and once with waxed linen. A cute sailboat embellishment completes the nautical inspired design.
Color Options: As shown – Blue Spruce and Sky Blue.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.
106MC – FLORIDA CITRUS SOUVENIR
Tuesday – 4 Hours – 1 pm until 5 pm – Class Fee: $45
Dimensions: 12” Diameter x 5” Height
All Levels * Peggy McCarson
A vintage inspired postcard is Modpodged onto a 10” prepared base. Spokes are twined into place. Techniques include start/stop weaving and double reed 3-rod wale. Teacher made handles of leather and dowels hang from the rim.
Options: Teacher will contact students for their postcard selection. Dyed reed accent and dowels will coordinate to the postcard chosen.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

107MM – SWEETGRASS BASKET w/CROSS HANDLE
Tuesday – 6 Hours – 10 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $85
Dimensions: Varies
All Levels * Barbara McCormick
Allow your imagination to guide you in coiling this basket using both sweetgrass and long leaf pine needles while lashing with strips of palmetto. Techniques taught will enable students to design a variety of shapes and sizes.
Options: As shown. Shape and size may vary.
Special Tools Required: Scissors only. No water required. Additional tools provided during class.
108KR – VIJF (Watercolor Paper)
Tuesday – 8 Hours –8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $88
Dimensions: 2 ¾” Diameter x 3-4” Height
Advanced * Annetta Kraayeveld
Vijf (pronounced vīf) is a paper diagonal twill canister made with 1/8” strips of hand painted watercolor paper. The canister starts with a five-sided base (pentagon), then the corners are made and the stakes become weavers. The basket goes from five-sided to round.
Colors: Teacher will provide a variety of color choices.
Special Tools Required: Sharp scissors, several toothless micro-clips, and a small thin packer tool. Diagonal twill experience required.

109OW – LARGE WILLIAMSBURG (White Oak)
Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $100
Dimensions: 14” Diameter x 9” Ht. to Rim (14” Ht. to Handle)
All Levels * Billy Owens
White Oak trees are selected, cut, and prepared by hand using homemade tools passed down through the generations. Begin on a herringbone bottom, weave on a mold, and choose either a round or square top adding a solid oak handle. Take home a beautiful piece of an Ozark tradition!
Color Options: As shown.
Special Tools Required: Sharp scissors and a water bucket.
110DU – BEACH-Y RAFFIA PURSE
Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $89
Dimensions: 12” Diameter
All Levels * Jeanne Dudley
Match this Raffia purse to the sun hat being taught on Wednesday! Learn how to stitch natural braided raffia circularly to form your outside purse. A handmade double leather handle will be attached when you stitch the front and back together. A magnetic closure will be stitched in to complete your purse.
Options: A variety of purse liners will be available in class.
Special Tools Required: Sharp scissors. Teacher will furnish needle.

111TA – PANDORA (Black Ash)
Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $140
Dimensions: 5 ½” L x 4 ½” W x 5 ¼” H to Rim (9 ¼” H w/Handles)
Intermediate * Eric Taylor
Eric’s classes are made with the increasingly scarce material, Black Ash. All materials are made by Eric including pounding the ash. Pandora has a handsome square look, starts on a Cherry wood base and finishes with a matching Cherry handle across the short side. To complete Pandora, nail on a Cherry wood rim.
Colors: As shown.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.
112BR – COOKIE JAR
Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $120
Dimensions: 5” Diameter x 10” Height
All Levels * Trisha Brown
This functioning cookie jar is woven over an airtight glass container using a Maple wood base, solid rim, and lid cover. The striking twill weave design uses dyed black staves and natural weavers. The Oreo knob ties into the black and white design. Yum!
Colors: As shown. Other knob options available in class.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.


113MZ - JANUS
Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $70
Dimensions: 10” Length x 8” Width x 5” Height
Intermediate * Jimmie Earl & Mary McKinzie
This charming DOUBLE WALL basket is woven on a double slotted wood base and has a solid dyed reed interior. The exterior features two sections of coordinating randing framed by triple twining dyed to match the interior color. Janus is a very sturdy and functional basket design!
Options: Assorted colors will be available during class.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.
114PE – BEJEWELED NANTUCKET
Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $75
Dimensions: 6” Diameter x 4 ½” Height
Beginner / Intermediate * Kathy Petronzio
This simple Nantucket style basket is woven over a plastic mold with an attached 4” Ash wood base. Hamburg cane is used as weavers over natural reed spokes. The fun is added when complimenting the basket with bead trim under a waxed thread lashed rim.
Color Options: As shown.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

115PR – NEW WAVE TOTE
Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $85
Dimensions: 12” L x 7” W x 8” H to Rim (18” H w/Handles)
Intermediate * Mary Price
This sturdy, functional slim tote starts with natural reed spokes inserted into a racetrack wood base. Techniques include triple twining with a step-up, over / under weaving, and a fun “wave” weave design accent. Traditional lashing completes the basket with beautiful custom sewn double-layered, double-faced leather handles.
Color Options: As shown.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.
116SC – OIV-FALL
Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $125
Dimensions: 3” Diameter x 1 ¾” Height to Rim
Intermediate * Linda Scherz
This basket was designed with color play and technique in mind. The basket is twined with quad-twined accent using waxed poly thread and Delica beads. Learn techniques like how to complete a row, set up for the next, color changing, shaping, the braided rim, and how to take care of the ends.
Colors: As shown.
Special Tools Required: Small embroidery scissors, waxed linen packing tool with pointed tip, bead tray, and tape measure. A personal light and magnifying glasses may be helpful.

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

217KR – CORDELLA
Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $88
Dimensions: 4 ½” Diameter x 6” Height
Advanced * Annetta Kraayeveld

This adorable vase shaped basket features colorful cording and a well-placed button to accent the multi-colored spokes. Techniques include 2/2 and 3/3 twill weave and twining. The challenge is controlling the shape while working with very fine materials.
Options: Color options in class for the handspun cording and buttons.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools plus a spoke weight, small packer tool, and a #20 tapestry needle.

218RI – PATRIOT and COUNTRY BOY
Wednesday - 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $89
Tote Dimensions: 12 ½” L x 9” W x 8” H
Wall / Door Basket: 8” L x 2” W x 12” Height to Handle
All Levels * Bonnie Rideout

Weave the tote on a woven and filled base and the wall basket on a quick-weave handle. Techniques include twining, triple twine with a step-up, overlays, double lashing, and inserting skids. Take home BOTH baskets in this patriotic inspired duo!
Colors: As shown in bright blue, red, and smoked reeds.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools and a spoke weight.

219MM – SWEETGRASS BASKET w/LID
Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $95
Dimensions: Varies
All Levels * Barbara McCormick

Allow your imagination to guide you in coiling this basket using both sweetgrass and long leaf pine needles while lashing with strips of palmetto. Techniques taught will enable students to design a variety of shapes and sizes. Weave a knobbed lid to complete this cutie.
Options: As shown. Shape and size may vary.
Special Tools Required: Scissors only. No water required. Additional tools provided during class.
220DU – RAFFIA SUN HAT
Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $89
Dimensions: Varies
All Levels * Jeanne Dudley

How fun would it be to design your own sun hat? And to personalize it with your favorite silk scarf and/or brooch? Learn how to stitch natural braided raffia. Use a hat mold that you will be able to take home after class to make more hats. Match your hat to the Beach-y Raffia Purse made in class on Tuesday.
Options: Lots of scarves to choose from in class – or bring your own.
Special Tools Required: Sharp scissors. Teacher will furnish needle.

221BA - BENONI
Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $80
Dimensions: 9 ½” Diameter x 4” Height
Advanced * Susan Baxter

Begin working on a 4” acrylic painted “bloom” wood base. The inserted spokes add an intriguing design element while providing structure for the overall basket and circle border. Twining, 3 and 4-rod waling are the working fundamentals. Insertions will be discussed and worked as they add multiple design options to the strength and beauty of Benoni.
Color Options: As shown. All bases will be unique.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools plus an awl and bent nose pliers. A tape measure and small level will be useful.
222OW – LARGE SHOPPER (White Oak)
Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $100
Dimensions: 12” L x 6” W x 9” H to Rim (15” H to Handle)
All Levels * Billy Owens

White Oak trees are selected, cut, and prepared by hand using homemade tools passed down through the generations. Begin on a 12” x 6” rectangle woven herringbone bottom, weave on a mold, and choose either a round or square top adding a solid oak handle. Take home a beautiful piece of an Ozark tradition!
Color Options: As shown.
Special Tools Required: Sharp scissors and a water bucket.

223TA – VANILLA BEAN
Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $140
Dimensions: 8 ½” L x 3 ½” W x 4 ¾” H to Rim (8 ¾” H to Handle)
Intermediate * Eric Taylor

Eric’s classes are made with the increasingly scarce material, Black Ash. All materials are made by Eric including pounding the ash. Vanilla Bean is a narrow, tall torpedo shaped basket starting on a Cherry wood base and finished with a matching Cherry handle across the short side. To complete Vanilla Bean, nail on a Cherry wood rim.
Colors: As shown.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.
224BR – UTENSIL CADDY
Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $165
Dimensions: 9” Length x 6 ½” Width x 7” Height
All Levels * Trisha Brown

Students will use cane staves and weavers along with a Cherry wood base, rim, and divider. They will learn how to do a simple twill pattern on the body of the basket. The finished utensil caddy can be used for outdoor entertaining, to hold napkins and cutlery, and also makes a great way to organize your remote controls.
Color Options: As shown.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

225PE – HOLIDAY TREE
Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $85
Dimensions: 4” Diameter x 13” Height
Beginner / Intermediate * Kathy Petronzio

This fun tree is woven over a Styrofoam form / mold. A 4” Ash wood base is attached to the bottom. Hamburg cane is used as the weavers and 2 spirals are woven up the sides. A clay tree topper and a fused glass and copper star sit atop the tree. Red beads are placed around the spirals forming the lights.
Colors: As shown.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.
226MN – PAU HANA
Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $65
Dimensions: 10 ½” Diameter x 11 ½” Height to Handle
All Levels – Rami McKinney

Starting with two stained round hoops, students will learn the basic concept of weaving a God’s eye. Primary ribs will be inserted. Rami will instruct on weaver turn-backs, adding secondary ribs, and filling gaps. Weave with both reed and sea grass. Students may not finish in class but will have all ribs inserted to complete at home.
Color Options: Two different multi-color blues to choose from in class.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

227PR – CONFETTI
Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm - Class Fee: $75
Dimensions: 15” Length x 7” Width x 6” Height
Intermediate * Mary Price

This colorful basket is woven on a racetrack wood base and uses dyed reed spokes. Techniques include basic over / under weaving using dyed flat oval reed, triple twining, and Ti-twining. The addition of wooden dowel cap feet complete the look of this attractive basket.
Colors: As shown.
Special Tools Required: Basic weaving tools plus a small sponge and sandpaper.
228CI – TRIANGULAR SLICES (Pine Needle Coiling)
Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm - Class Fee: $85
Dimensions: 8” Diameter x 1 ½” Height
Beginner / Intermediate * Char Ciammaichella

Begin with an irregular shaped cabochon stone and coil pine needles using the single slant stitch. Students will learn the perfect single stitch, wheat stitch, wrapping a row, and attaching walnut slices to finish off the lovely wall hanging. Progress on the piece will depend on your level of experience with coiling.
Options: Various cabochons and thread to choose from in class.
Special Tools Required: Small sharp scissors and an Ott light.

229SC – LID-DLE TREASURES or MAJESTIC (Student’s Choice of ONE)
Wed – 10 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm, continuing 7 pm until 9 pm – Class Fee: $150
Dimensions: (Each Approx.) 3” Diameter x 2” Height
Advanced * Linda Scherz

LID-DLE TREASURES: This is a great design to learn how to make a lid to fit a basket weaving with waxed linen thread. Techniques include twining, quad twining, reverse quad twining, completing a row and set up for the next, a beaded foot and knob, and a double braided rim.
Color Options: Color options available in class.
MAJESTIC: A great design for the waxed linen lover! Majestic is twined with 7-ply waxed linen and accented with a metallic ribbon and Delica beads. An additional section is woven that will roll into the basket and hug it. Linda will demonstrate all techniques including completing a row, setting up a new row, color change, shaping, the braided rim, and how to make the inner woven section fit the basket.
Color Options: As shown.
Special Tools Required (for both): Small scissors, pointed waxed linen packing tool, tape measure, and bead tray. Optional: Magnifying glass and personal light.
Teacher's Marketplace & Vendors
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 for 2023 will be Jimmie Earl & Mary McKinzine (MJE2Weave), Bonnie Rideout (Bonnie's Baskets), and Barb Nelson (Phoenix Rising Ultd. & Artgal's Studio on Facebook and Etsy). Place your pre-order with them to pick up at the retreat and shop their many available items in their vendor booths.

Teachers may have items displayed during the retreat for purchase. Please be considerate though and don't interrupt the class to pay for your items.

Would you like a table at Teacher's Marketplace? Please contact me for information and availability.

WEDNESDAY EVENING CLASSES - Click Here

330MN – MAY FLOWERS (Make 3 Flowers in Class)
Wednesday – 2 Hours – 7 pm until 9 pm – Class Fee: $30
Dimensions: 5 ½” Diameter x 10” Height
All Levels * Rami McKinney

Perfect for a larger basket’s embellishment, adding to a floral wreath – or make an entire bouquet of colorful reed woven flowers! Make three flowers in class choosing from a variety of different colors in class. Round reed is used in a technique called Japanese weave.
Color Options: Lots of color options available in class.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.
331BA - TENNEY
Wednesday – 2 Hours – 7 pm until 9 pm – Class Fee: $40
Dimensions: 5-7” Diameter x 2 ¼” Height
All Levels * Susan Baxter

In this introductory class, students will work on drilled acrylic bloom bases which allow for exact spoke placement. Focus in class will be on upsetting spokes, twining, hidden joins, changing colors, and working with a basic rolled border. Each hand painted and epoxy resin sealed base will be unique and one-of-a-kind.
Colors: Black w/Natural Accent (shown) OR Natural w/Blue Accent
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools plus an awl and bent nose pliers. A tape measure and small level will be useful.

332RI – THAT SPRING FEELING
Wednesday - 2 Hours – 7 pm until 9 pm – Class Fee: $25
Dimensions: 3” Diameter x 4” Height
All Levels * Bonnie Rideout

Starting on a 4 oz. yogurt jar that has a wood base glued to it, students will learn the specific spoke placement and focus on tension in this fun, quick project. A braided sea grass rim finishes off the twill weave vase. A variety of floral available in class to embellish – or save your vase for fresh flowers to display on your window sill.
Colors: Orchid and Natural, as shown.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.
333VD – HEY FISHY, FISHY
Wednesday – 2 Hours – 7 pm until 9 pm – Class Fee: $30
Dimensions: 13” Length x 13” Width x ½” Thickness
All Levels * Sheri VanDuyn

Using a larger, flexible wire students will shape this fun looking tropical fish. Begin wrapping miscellaneous accent pieces using a smaller gauge wire to create a Florida vibe. The fish is a great exercise in random wire weaving and makes a super sun catcher for you to take home from the Sunshine State!
Colors: Many colorful bead and button options available in class.
Special Tools Required: Wire cutter.

334PR – SEASHORE
Wednesday – 2 Hours – 7 pm until 9 pm – Class Fee: $25
Dimensions: 5” Diameter x 3 ½” Height
All Levels * Mary Price

This cute little basket starts on a round wood base. Techniques include double twining, over / under weaving, 4-rod wale with a step-up, stacked sea grass build-up rows, and a triple twined rim. A seashell embellishment is provided or bring your own special seashell you just found on our sunny Florida seashore.
Colors: As shown.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.
335MC – GO FISH
Wednesday – 2 Hours – 7 pm until 9 pm – Class Fee: $25
Dimensions: 15” Length x 12” Width x ½” Thickness
All Levels * Peggy McCarson

Using round reed, students will form the shape of a fish. The formed shape will then be filled in using round reed as “spokes” – much like the techniques used when making trivets. Each fish will be uniquely shaped and individual to the weaver.
Colors: As shown.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

336MA – RIBBED FAN (1 Large, 1 Small)
Wednesday – 2 Hours – 7 pm until 9 pm – Class Fee: $38
Dimensions: Small – 6” x 6”; Large – 12” x 12”
All Levels * Nancy Matthews

Make one fan in class and take another one home to weave later. These ribbed fans are sturdy enough to use and dramatic enough to display. Create a God’s eye, then insert primary ribs and weave with reed, sea grass, cane, or waxed linen. Secondary ribs are left exposed.
Colors: Accent color options available in class.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

THURSDAY CLASSES - Click Here

437OW – WALL BASKET
Thursday – 4 Hours – 8 am until Noon – Class Fee: $80
Dimensions: 8” L x 3” W x 6” H to Rim (10” H to Handle)
All Levels * Billy Owens
The newest style for Billy! White Oak trees are selected, cut, and prepared by hand using homemade tools passed down through the generations. Begin with an 8” x 3” rectangle woven bottom and weave on a mold allowing the front to have a slight belly. Take home a beautiful piece of an Ozark tradition!
Color Options: As shown.
Special Tools Required: Sharp scissors and a water bucket.
438PE – MADRAS PLANTER
Thursday – 4 Hours – 8 am until Noon – Class Fee: $65
Dimensions: 10” Length x 4 ½” Width x 4” Height
All Levels * Kathy Petronzio
This sweet little planter includes 3 ceramic cups. Space dyed reed is used as weavers on a slotted ash wood base. Waxed linen thread is woven in a twined arrow design giving the planter some depth. Lash with waxed linen. Fill your little planters with succulents or herbs.
Color Options: As shown, space dyed blues.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

439MM – SWEETGRASS COASTERS – Set of 4
Thursday – 4 Hours – 8 am until Noon – Class Fee: $65
Dimensions: Varies
All Levels * Barbara McCormick
Allow your imagination to guide you in coiling these coasters using both sweetgrass and long leaf pine needles while lashing with strips of palmetto. Techniques taught will enable students to design a variety of shapes and sizes. Class includes a set of four coasters.
Options: As shown. Shape and size may vary.
Special Tools Required: Scissors only. No water required. Additional tools provided during class.
440PR – SHADOW BOX
Thursday – 4 Hours – 8 am until Noon – Class Fee: $49
Dimensions: 12” Length x 12” Width x 2 ½” Height
Beginner / Intermediate * Mary Price
Students will learn to create a triple boxed woven base using natural and dyed reeds. Techniques include basic start / stop weaving and a traditional lashed rim. The addition of black leather bushel style handles complete the look. What a lovely tray or catch-all basket!
Options: As shown.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools and an extra-long straight packer tool.

441BR – NANTUCKET CANISTER
Thursday – 6 Hours – 8 am until 3 pm – Class Fee: $105
Dimensions: 6” Diameter x 7” Height
All Levels * Trisha Brown
Weave a multi-use canister with a Cherry wood base, rim, and staves. Learn how to add a pattern as you weave the canister. The finished acrylic canister can be used as an ice bucket, utensil holder, vase … or just about anything else you can think of!
Color Options: As shown.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.
442RI – THE LONG WAY HOME
Thursday – 6 Hours – 8 am until 3 pm – Class Fee: $60
Dimensions: 14 ½” Length x 9” Width x 8” Height to Rim
All Levels * Bonnie Rideout
Weaving on a filled base, techniques include twining, over / under weaving, and triple twining – where you’ll get a little creative! Learn the back story of how this colorful tote got it’s name in class. And of course, it’s got to do with my fave … Pickleball!
Color Options: As shown, Smoked, Black, Green, Rust, and Gold.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools plus a spoke weight.

 


443TA - CUMBERLAND
Thursday – 6 Hours – 8 am until 3 pm – Class Fee: $125
Dimensions: 6” Diameter x 3 ¼” Ht to Rim (6 ½” Ht to Handle)
Intermediate * Eric Taylor
Eric’s classes are made with the increasingly scarce material, Black Ash. All materials are made by Eric including pounding the ash. The #6 Cumberland starts on a Cherry wood base and finishes with a fixed matching Cherry handle. To complete Cumberland, nail on a Cherry wood rim.
Colors: As shown.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.
444SC – SEASONAL ESSENCE
Thursday – 6 Hours – 8 am until 3 pm – Class Fee: $130
Dimensions: 6 ¼” Diameter x 2 ¾” Height
Intermediate * Linda Scherz
Begin with spokes pre-glued into the wood base by the teacher. This design is triple twined with three colors of cotton cord, sueded leather wrapped handles, and finished with a reed rim accented with a braided suede leather and a cotton cord rim filler. Learn all of Linda’s techniques including completing a row and setting up a new row along with the unique methods for this newly designed rim.
Options: Turquoise (Pastels) or Black (Inset)
Special Tools Required: Small sharp scissors.

445BA - RAINEY
Thursday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $70
Dimensions: 11 ½” Diameter x 2 ½” Height
Intermediate * Susan Baxter
Rainey is a woven platter with a base worked with 4 sets of 4 spokes and a Japanese weave to help with spoke placement. The design utilizes diagonal twining followed by 4-rod wale to ensure symmetry and strength. The rolled border variation is the final challenge providing beauty so the outside looks as amazing as the inside.
Colors: As shown.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools plus an awl and bent nose pliers. A tape measure and small level will be useful.
446MN - SEASIDE
Thursday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $65
Dimensions: 12” Length x 8” Width x 9 ½” Height w/Handle
All Levels * Rami McKinney
Begin by decorating your handle in an “X” design on a round hoop. Adding the horizontal oval hoop, weave the God’s eyes and insert the primary ribs. Weaving first with dyed reed and then sea grass, students will insert secondary ribs and learn turn-backs. You may not finish in class but will have all ribs inserted to complete at home.
Color Options: Accent color options of reed available in class.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

447MZ - ADRIA
Thursday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $85
Dimensions: 11” Length x 8” Width x 7” Height
Advanced * Jimmie Earl & Mary McKinzie
The multitude of spokes and rows that make up this advanced basket give it a delicate appearance. The wood base and attention to shaping result in a lovely oval shape. A great size for many storage options!
Colors: Various accent colors of reed will be available in class.
Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.
448KR – PAPER PATCHES
Thursday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $95
Dimensions: 6 ½” Length x 6 ½” Width x 1 ½” Height
Intermediate * Annetta Kraayeveld
Thirty-six twill blocks create the focal point base using six bold colors. The sides continue the twill block pattern using black. Striking! This is the third in Annetta’s series of paper trays and another great one!
Colors: Teacher will provide a variety of color choices.
Special Tools Required: Sharp scissors, several toothless micro-clips, and a small thin packer tool. Twill experience required, paper weaving experience helpful.

449CI – YOUR TI TRAY
Thursday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm – Class Fee: $85
Dimensions: 6” Diameter x 2” Height
Intermediate * Char Ciammaichella
Begin with an irregular shaped cabochon stone and coil pine needles using the single slant stitch. You will design your own tray including single stitch, Ti stitch, adding beads and wrapping rows. Progress on the piece will depend on your level of experience with coiling.
Options: Various cabochons and thread to choose from in class.
Special Tools Required: Small sharp scissors and an Ott light.

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 $199 per night. Rate is for either a king/sleeper or double/double room. A 50% discounted hot breakfast buffet is included for your optional morning dining.

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. 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).

For much more detailed booking information, please click on the button below for a new page to open in your internet browser.

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 $199 per night. Rate is for either a king/sleeper or double/double room. A 50% discounted hot breakfast buffet is included for your optional morning dining.

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. 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).

For much more detailed booking information, please click on the button below for a new page to open in your internet browser.

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 $199 per night. Rate is for either a king/sleeper or double/double room. A 50% discounted hot breakfast buffet is included for your optional morning dining.

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. 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).

For much more detailed booking information, please click on the button below for a new page to open in your internet browser.

Crowne Plaza Bell Tower Shops in Fort Myers, FL

Monkey Business for the American Cancer Society

In 2022, by the generous donations of weavings made by attendees, we raised exactly $1,500 for the American Cancer Society!
 
Raffle tickets will again be sold in 2023 with the hope (and expectation) that we will exceed that amount. We can only accomplish this by your participation. Click on either photo (above or below) for more info.
 
Please plan to donate a small weaving ... and be sure to buy tickets at the retreat for a chance to win!

Monkey Business for the American Cancer Society

In 2022, by the generous donations of weavings made by attendees, we raised exactly $1,500 for the American Cancer Society!
 
Raffle tickets will again be sold in 2023 with the hope (and expectation) that we will exceed that amount. We can only accomplish this by your participation. Click on either photo (left or right) for more info.
 
Please plan to donate a small weaving ... and be sure to buy tickets at the retreat for a chance to win!

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 10 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.

2024 Weaving in the Sunshine State
2024 Weaving in the Sunshine State