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REGISTRATION CONTINUES! There are still many wonderful options to choose from. A snapshot of current class availability is shown to the right. Please note that this is constantly changing and may not be absolutely current.

Contacting me PRIOR to sending in your Registration Form is highly recommended.

Closed classes are also indicated in the Retreat Brochure and on the Registration Form. To view (or download) the Retreat Brochure in its entirety, either click the button above or in the box below. For direct access to the full Registration Form, click the button above. If you need assistance in any way, please email 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. I can't wait to see YOU in a very short time now!

RETREAT BROCHURE


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

REGISTRATION CONTINUES! There are still many wonderful options to choose from. A snapshot of current class availability is shown below. Please note that this is constantly changing and may not be absolutely current.

Contacting me PRIOR to sending in your Registration Form is highly recommended.

Closed classes are also indicated in the Retreat Brochure and on the Registration Form. To view (or download) the Retreat Brochure in its entirety, either click the button above or in the box below. For direct access to the full Registration Form, click the button above. If you need assistance in any way, please email 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. I can't wait to see YOU in a very short time now!


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. The registration fee is inclusive of all miscellaneous costs incurred for attending this event.
 
Attendees each receive a Goodie Bag with our logo and filled with weaving related items, flyers, and coupons. It's the perfect shopping accessory for Teachers Marketplace (Wednesday evening) and for shopping with our vendors. Don't forget to place your pre-order of supplies and kits for easy pick-up at the retreat! Contact information for vendors and teachers are in 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 or in the big white tent. There is so much positive feedback on the food!
 
A scrumptious ($10) breakfast buffet is offered each morning - exclusively for our attendees and their guests. A ($16) boxed meal will be available on Wednesday evening for those who have classes and want a quick bite to eat. Pre-orders of these at registration is not required.

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. The registration fee is inclusive of all miscellaneous costs incurred for attending this event.
 
Attendees each receive a Goodie Bag with our logo and filled with weaving related items, flyers, and coupons. It's the perfect shopping accessory for Teachers Marketplace (Wednesday evening) and for shopping with our vendors. Don't forget to place your pre-order of supplies and kits for easy pick-up at the retreat! Contact information for vendors and teachers are in 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 or in the big white tent. There is so much positive feedback on the food!
 
A scrumptious ($10) breakfast buffet is offered each morning - exclusively for our attendees and their guests. A ($16) boxed meal will be available on Wednesday evening for those who have classes and want a quick bite to eat. Pre-orders of these at registration is not required.

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

101MI – DIAMONDS OF GOLD – Pam Milat

Tuesday – 4 Hours – 8 am until 12 Noon

Class Fee: $60    Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: 8 ½” L x 8 ½” W x 5” H

Options: Dark Blue, Christmas Green, or Fall Red

Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

Woven on a 6” square wood base, this reed and sea grass basket uses over/under and 3-rod wale to weave up to its folded rim embellished with natural wood beads. The basket is finished with color matching smocking.

102VD – BENJAMIN BUNNY – Sheri VanDuyn

Tuesday – 4 Hours – 8 am until 12 Noon

Class Fee: $30    Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: 6” L x 7 ½” W x 9” H

Options: Various bunnies available in class.

Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

Triple twine a bunny belly using round reed around a mold that you keep. After easily shaping this, let the teacher show you how to whitewash the reed to match your bunny’s coloring. Assemble your Benjamin Bunny with time to add a carrot. It’s a wonderful Spring accent!


103KO – CONNECT THE KNOTS – Karen Kotecki

Tuesday – 4 Hours – 8 am until 12 Noon

Class Fee: $60    Skill Level: Intermediate

Dimensions: 4 ½” D x 5” H

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: 4 Copper clips without teeth, sharp side cutters, and small bent tip packing tool.

Start on an oak base and weave a Japanese twill to get the nicely rounded bottom shape. The neck incorporates strips of cherry framed with twining. The rim is cherry with bleached cane. Maple wood strips form the ring of square knots.

104MA – TANNENBAUM – Nancy Matthews

Tuesday – 4 Hours – 8 am until 12 Noon

Class Fee: $65    Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: 12” D x 18” H

Options: Accent Reed: Red, Blue, Purple, or Green

Special Tools Required: Hemostat is helpful.

Inspired by a willow Christmas tree seen at the Korb (Basket) Festival in Lichtenfels, Germany, this is an easy weave for all weavers. All spokes are glued bamboo, and the weavers are seagrass. Techniques include short rows and twining. The star on top is woven with hemp over florist wire.


105LA – SHAKER CHEESE BASKET – Bev Larson

Tuesday – 4 Hours – 1 pm until 5 pm

Class Fee: $49    Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: 10” D x 4 ½” H

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

Learn open diagonal weaving on this traditional Shaker style cheese basket. It can be a little challenging – but so fun and rewarding once completed. Options of natural reed sizes will be available in class.

106KO – XENIA – Karen Kotecki

Tuesday – 4 Hours – 1 pm until 5 pm

Class Fee: $55    Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: 7” L x 5 ½” W x 4” H

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: Sharp side cutters, super glue, and a tapestry needle.

Start on an oval wood base and focus on gently shaping the straight sides using both reed and dyed bleached cane. Lash the rim with waxed polyester cord. The decorative X’s are woven with two sizes of dyed bleached cane.


107BR – DINNER FOR TWO – Trisha Brown

Tuesday – 4 Hours – 1 pm until 5 pm

Class Fee: $110    Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: 5” D x 2” H

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

Weave two baskets over metal candle stick holders. The bases and solid rims are cherry and cane is used for the staves and weavers. This pair is the perfect addition to your dining room table. Class includes two baskets, candles not included, and the snuffer can be purchased in class for an additional $8.

108MI – FIRST RIB – Pam Milat

Tuesday – 4 Hours – 1 pm until 5 pm

Class Fee: $37    Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: 5” D x 5” H

Options: Various colors to choose from in class.

Special Tools Required: Red handled scarfer, cutting board, and an awl.

A delicate little 5” round melon basket for those who haven’t ever tried a rib basket. Start with a God’s eye and learn to change reed colors. Emphasis on preparing spokes, shaping, and turn-backs.


109TA – MID-CENTURY COTTON – Eric Taylor

Tuesday – 6 Hours – 10 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $135  Skill Level: Intermediate

Dimensions: 3 ½” D x 5 ½” H

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

“Cotton” is one of three baskets that comprise the Mid-Century Vanity Set. Each is woven over a plastic shell that becomes a permanent feature of the basket. All materials including the Cherry wood base, rims, and lid are made personally by Eric and woven with the increasingly scarce material, Black Ash.

110MC – SWEETGRASS PLACEMAT – Barbara McCormick

Tuesday – 6 Hours – 10 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $85    Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: Varies

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: Scissors. Additional tools in class.

Allow your imagination to help you coil a placemat using both Sweetgrass and Southern long-leaf pine needles lashed with Palmetto strips. Techniques taught will enable students to create a variety of designs. No water required for class. This is an art form stemming from West Africa over 300 years ago.


111BA – MISTY – Susan Baxter

Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $75    Skill Level: Intermediate

Dimensions: 10 ½” D x 2 ½” H

Options: Choose either Browns/Blue OR Violets/Blue.

Special Tools Required: A scratch awl.

This graceful platter looks beautiful on the table or displayed on the wall. Start with an overlaid base and end with an attractive woven rim. Add on tracs compliment the proportion and increase the strength of the sides. Diagonal twining creates the striking center of the platter.

112BO – LIGHTNING BISCUIT BASKET – Anne Bowers

Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $83    Skill Level: Intermediate

Dimensions: 11” D x 3” H

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: An awl.

The centerpiece of this basket is the fractal burning done on a maple wood base. Students will insert dyed black cane into the base, twine and weave the sides. The dyed reed rim has leather handles with cane on the outside as accent. Lash the basket with waxed linen thread.




113CI – LET’S BEAD IT! – Char Ciammaichella

Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $95    Skill Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Dimensions: 6” D x 3” H

Options: Different cabochons, beads, and threads in class.

Special Tools Required: Small scissors.

Students begin coiling on an irregular shaped cabochon and will use techniques including the basic stitch, wrapping a row, adding beads between rows, adding accent beads, and will use a diamond stitch to finish the design. Previous pine needle coiling experience will be very helpful.

114PE – ACORN FEET BREADBASKET – Kathy Petronzio

Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $75    Skill Level: Intermediate

Dimensions: 15” L x 6” W x 5” H

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

This elegant breadbasket has a unique maple wood base. Woven with reed, it has an arrow design that is woven with dyed Hamburg cane. The rim is lashed with waxed linen. Small acorn knobs are used for the feet finishing a basket that that is not only a great size but can serve many purposes.


115MZ – TRIPOLI – Jimmie Earl & Mary McKinzie

Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $66    Skill Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Dimensions: 7” D x 9” H

Options: Assorted colors available in class.

Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

This fun basket features a braid done with your choice of three colors of reed – or two reed colors and a strand of seagrass. It is woven on a wood base over a class mold. The natural weaving makes the colorful braid pop! Less experienced weavers will be given an alternate accent section in lieu of the 3-strand braid.

116OW – SMALL WILLIAMSBURG – Billy Owens

Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $95    Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: 12” D x 8 ½” H to the Rim

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

This is a perennial favorite made from all-natural hand split white oak prepared by hand using heirloom homemade tools. The basket begins on a herringbone bottom, has a round top, and a solid Oak handle. Billy will share how timber is selected and hand stripped. A beautiful piece of Ozark Tradition!


117PR – INFINITY – Mary Price

Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $85    Skill Level: Intermediate

Dimensions: 11” L x 7” W x 7” H

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: Small packer tool is a must and 60 small micro or quilters clips.

Begin on a racetrack base with natural spokes. Learn triple twine with a step-up, inserting spoke overlays, and finish with a traditional lashed rim. The eye-catching infinite figure 8 weave in smoked reed is added when the basket is complete.

118AL – CHAI’S DELIGHT – Beth Allman

Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $65    Skill Level: Advanced

Dimensions: 10” D x 4” H

Options: Color choices available in class.

Special Tools Required: Pliers and a pen knife.

Chai’s Delight is a wonderful blend of simple techniques accompanied by more challenging ones. The basket features an intricate cloverleaf base, twining, 3-rod wale, 4-rod wale, a double herringbone siding, and finishes with a classy Japanese rolled rim. A true delight to the eyes!


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

219MZ – FLEX TOTE – Jimmie Earl & Mary McKinzie

Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $90    Skill Level: Intermediate

Dimensions: 14” L x 8” W x 11” H to Rim

Options: Navy Blue, Butternut, or Black (at class time).

Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

The placement of natural and dyed reed gives this classy tote dramatic flair. It features a solid woven base and leather handles. The handles are removable so that you can easily swap them out. Your choice of a colorful liner is included, with additional liners available for purchase in class.

220PR – ALLY-OOP – Mary Price

Tuesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $115  Skill Level: Intermediate

Dimensions: 10” D x 10” H

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

Weave on a pre-stained wood base with attached pottery knobs as feet. Students will learn to transition a square base to a round basket, as well as triple twining with a step-up, adding spoke overlays, creating accent loops around bead embellishments, and finish with an open handle rim.


221BO – Butterflies in the Garden – Anne Bowers

Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $82    Skill Level: Intermediate

Dimensions: 10” L x 10” W x 9” H to Rim

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: Spoke weight and tape measure.

This sweet basket is made on a sharp top D-handle and is woven with flat and flat oval reeds. The rim has a fancy lashing technique using cane. 3-rod wale accents decorate the basket’s sides. The floating butterflies will remind you of lovely times spent in your garden.

222MC – IN & OUT SWEETGRASS – Barbara McCormick

Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $95    Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: Varies

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: Scissors. Additional tools in class.

Allow your imagination to help you coil a basket with double handles using both Sweetgrass and Southern long-leaf pine needles lashed with Palmetto strips. Techniques taught will enable students to create a variety of designs. This is an art form stemming from West Africa over 300 years ago.


223PE – JOHN’S ARROW TRAY – Kathy Petronzio

Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $75    Skill Level: Intermediate

Dimensions: 14” D x 5” H

Options: Blue, Green, or Eggplant.

Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

This attractive tray begins on a 10” cherry wood base and is woven with round, flat, and flat oval reed. The accent section is a colorful arrow design woven with dyed reed. Your finished tray is perfect to use on a counter to hold fruit or as a décor piece on your table.

224OW – T’s TOTE – Billy Owens

Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $125  Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: 15” L x 4” W x 13” H to Rim

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

T’s Tote is made from all-natural hand split white oak prepared by hand using heirloom homemade tools. The tote begins on a herringbone bottom, is woven on a mold, and has braided leather handles. Billy will share how timber is selected and hand stripped. A beautiful piece of Ozark Tradition!


225BR – TREATS TRIO – Trisha Brown

Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $170    Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: 17” L x 6” W x 3 ½” H

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

These three baskets are woven over glass bowls using cane staves and weavers with cherry bases and solid rims. The baskets are set into the serving tray and remain in place by magnets. The Treats Trio can be filled with nuts, chips, candy, fruit dips, etc. making it a must have for entertaining!

226BA – FIA – Susan Baxter

Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $85    Skill Level: Intermediate - Advanced

Dimensions: 9 ½” D x 4 ¼” H

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: Jewelry making bent-nosed pliers.

Begin on a striking acrylic bloom base handmade by Susan. The inserted loop spokes add interest as well as strength. The sides use a 3-rod “becoming” design pattern to keep it interesting and the “pretzel” border utilizes the spokes to create a stunning and strong border that looks difficult – but it’s not!


227CI – SWIRLY – Char Ciammaichella

Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $108  Skill Level: Intermediate

Dimensions: Varies

Options: Different cabochons, beads, and threads in class.

Special Tools Required: Small scissors.

Previous coiling experience is necessary for this class. Swirly can be a fairly large wall piece depending on your experience. Stitches include single stitch, wrapping a row, Indian Blanket stitch, and spacing the “swirls”. Students will be encouraged to create their own design and may not finish completely in class.

228TA – MID-CENTURY BRUSH – Eric Taylor

Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $150    Skill Level: Intermediate

Dimensions: 3 ½” D x 7 ½” H

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

“Brush” is one of three baskets that comprise the Mid-Century Vanity Set. Each is woven over a plastic shell that becomes a permanent feature of the basket. All materials including the Cherry wood base, rims, and lid are made personally by Eric and woven with the increasingly scarce material, Black Ash.


229KO – BIXBY – Karen Kotecki

Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $115  Skill Level: Advanced

Dimensions: 11” L x 7 ½” W x 7” H

Special Tools Required: 2 Tapestry needles, 1 large hole needle with sharp point, sharp knife, and super glue.

Experience with large baskets, hand strength, and ability to use a knife are needed. Begin with a laced, half-round braced, and lashed base with added X weavers. Shape the sides with continuous Japanese weave. Riveted shaker tape and dowel handles are glued to the rim. Lash with waxed polyester cord.

230CL – PALM & RANDOM WEAVE BASKETS – Jelena Clay

Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $85    Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: 10” D x 12” H (approximate)

Special Tools Required: Scissors.

In the morning, create your unique random weave basket using both natural materials and reed. Add a handle if you wish. The finished design can either hang on the wall or sit on the counter. After lunch, by folding palm sheaths from Hawaii, create a basket that can be used for dry floral arrangements or kitchen utensil storage. Finish both with Jelena’s philodendron roses!


231MI – DIAMONDBACK – Pam Milat

Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $65    Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: 17” L x 7” W x 12 ½” H to Handle Top

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

An eye-catching design begins with a woven filled base over a hand hewed oak handle. Students will use the over/under weave and twining to complete the sides and finish with a seagrass rim. After inserting the hand carved oak feet, add the diamond embellishment with cane.

232LA – HANDLED BROOM SAMPLER – Bev Larson

Wednesday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $125  Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: Varies

Options: A variety of broom corn and thread in class.

Note: Students may make up to 4 brooms as time allows.

Using traditional Appalachian techniques, learn to make brooms on stick handles, single and double cobweb brooms, and hearth brooms. Students will stitch in the round and stitch flat starting with a small broom and progress to bigger ones while learning different plaiting or banding techniques.

WEDNESDAY EVENING CLASSES - Click Here

333LA – KITCHEN SET – Bev Larson

Wednesday – 2 Hours – 7 pm until 9 pm

Class Fee: $25    Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: Varies

Options: Cord choices available in class.

Special Tools Required: None.

Learn the basics of broom tying while making this fun kitchen set – also known as a “shaker set” – a pot scrubber, crumb brush and a cake tester. The set makes a fun and useful keepsake souvenir from the weaving retreat.

334KO – BICYCLE BOUQUET – Karen Kotecki

Wednesday – 2 Hours – 7 pm until 9 pm

Class Fee: $45    Skill Level: Beginner /Intermediate

Dimensions: 5” D x 4 ½” H

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: Scarfing tool and board, tapestry needle, and super glue.

Start on an oak base and a simple weave of three colors and sizes of reed gets you to the rim. Lash with waxed cord and then lace on reed leaves. Create the looped flowers with dyed maple strips. The basket is held gently in place by the wire wheels.


335MR – POTATO MASHER CARRIER – Peggy McCarson

Wednesday – 2 Hours – 7 pm until 9 pm

Class Fee: $30    Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: 9” L x 5” W x 4” H to Rim

Options: Options of dyed reed accent available in class.

Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

This great kitchen basket is woven over an antique potato masher. The spokes are placed over and under the masher. The side weaving is start/stop using both natural and dyed reeds. Students may request specific colors for the accent by contacting Peggy at mccarsonp@gmail.com.

336BO – SMALL RANDOM WEAVE BASKET – Anne Bowers

Wednesday – 2 Hours – 7 pm until 9 pm

Class Fee: $42    Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: 11” D x 4” H

Options: Options of dyed reed available in class.

Special Tools Required: Sharp shears and a pointy awl.

What a fun class! Anne will teach the basics of random weaving a basket. These baskets are surprisingly sturdy and are a great way to use up leftover reeds. Each basket will be unique and individual to the weaver.


337BA – TRIVET FUN – Susan Baxter

Wednesday – 2 Hours – 7 pm until 9 pm

Class Fee: $45    Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: 8 ½” D

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: A scratch (small) awl.

The trivet starts on a 3D printed jig and uses twining to secure the spokes and 3-rod wale to create the body. Depending on the student’s skill level, either a “Trac” or “Chira” border will be added. The jig is included and additional reed for more trivets for can be purchased for a nominal fee.

338PR – BLOOMING BURLAP JAR – Mary Price

Wednesday – 2 Hours – 7 pm until 9 pm

Class Fee: $36    Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: 4” D x 5” H

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

This charming little basket is designed to hold a half pint canning jar, which is included. It has a wood base and a burlap ribbon accent weaver. The basket is finished with a traditional waxed linen lashed rim, a burlap flower embellishment, and raffia to tie onto the jar.


339AL – SMALL WILLOW BIRD FEEDER – Beth Allman

Wednesday – 2 Hours – 7 pm until 9 pm

Class Fee: $60    Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: 7” L x 5” W

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: Scissors.

This is a traditional bird feeder made of willow. While best used for suet balls, a small plant would also fit and complement the weaving. The class is a great way to get a feel for working with willow. The weaving goes quickly, so students will have the opportunity to make two within the class time.

340VD – MAD WEAVE – Sheri VanDuyn

Wednesday – 2 Hours – 7 pm until 9 pm

Class Fee: $30    Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: 8” W x 10” H

Options: Many color combinations available in class.

Special Tools Required: Sharp scissors that will cut ribbon.

This unique weave was known to drive the weaver “mad” but not in this class. After selecting three colors of 5/8” ribbon, follow the step-by-step process by “blocking” the ribbon out on a “board” with fusible interfacing underneath to hold in place. Select a mat to highlight and finish your piece.


341MA – TWISTED GATOR – Nancy Matthews

Wednesday – 2 Hours – 7 pm until 9 pm

Class Fee: $35    Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: 13-15” D x 5” H

Options: Variety of dyed sea grass available in class.

Special Tools Required: A hemostat is helpful.

The project is perfect for the beginner or someone wanting a relaxing weave. Weave on a frame with all ribs glued into place, no shaping is required. A variety of sticks will be used for the frame with bamboo ribs. Weaving is simply over/under with sea grass and twining to secure the ends.

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442TA – COTTAGE EYE GLASS HOLDER – Eric Taylor

Thursday – 4 Hours – 8 am until 12 Noon

Class Fee: $95    Skill Level: Intermediate

Dimensions: 4 1/2” L x 3” W x 5 ½” H

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

Weave on a mold and insert the plush eye glass holder after the basket is rimmed. The functional design will have you using it daily. All materials including the Cherry wood base, rims, and lid are made personally by Eric and woven with the increasingly scarce material, Black Ash.

443OW – WASTE BASKET – Billy Owens

Thursday – 4 Hours – 8 am until 12 Noon

Class Fee: $90    Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: 10” L x 5 ½” W x 13” H

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

This waste basket is made from all-natural hand split white oak prepared by hand using heirloom homemade tools. The basket begins on a herringbone bottom and students can decide on either a rectangle or oval rim. Billy will share how timber is selected and hand stripped. Take home a piece of the Ozarks!


444MC – SWEETGRASS CANDY DISH – Barbara McCormick

Thursday – 4 Hours – 8 am until 12 Noon

Class Fee: $75    Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: Varies

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: Scissors. Additional tools in class.

Allow your imagination to help you coil a basket for décor or everyday use. Sweetgrass and Southern long-leaf pine needles lashed with Palmetto strips. Techniques taught will enable students to create a variety of designs. This is an art form stemming from West Africa over 300 years ago.

445VD – COASTAL FIBONACCI – Sheri VanDuyn

Thursday – 4 Hours – 1pm until 5 pm

Class Fee: $60    Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: 4 ½” D x 5” H

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

Do the math and you’ll be weaving the Fibonacci spiral weave! This fun weave starts with a hardwood base and uses an apothecary jar as your mold. Two colors of dyed tortoise shell cane are used for spokes and black cane for weavers. Finish with coastal Florida accent pieces.


446MA – DO THE TWIST – Nancy Matthews

Thursday – 4 Hours – 1pm until 5 pm

Class Fee: $58    Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: 9” L x 9” W x 5” H

Options: A variety of dyed seagrass and reed in class.

Special Tools Required: A hemostat is helpful.

Ribs are glued to a cedar handle in a twisted shape. Weaving is simple over / under, and twining may be added if desired. No short rows or filling in is required for this fun décor piece. By choosing your colors and weaving materials, each student will complete a unique one-of-a-kind design.

447CL – SANTA GOURD ORNAMENT – Jelena Clay

Thursday – 6 Hours – 8 am until 3 pm

Class Fee: $95    Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: 2” D x 5-6” H (approximate)

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: None.

Create an adorable Santa that hangs on a linen thread using air dry clay. One Santa will be pre-started while students go back to the other Santa in drying stages as they learn the clay application techniques. Different paints for skin tones and rosy cheeks will be available. Oh what fun they are to make! 🎶


448PR – ROYAL JEWELS – Mary Price

Thursday – 6 Hours – 8 am until 3 pm

Class Fee: $60    Skill Level: Intermediate

Dimensions: 11” D x 4 ½” H

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

Learn to create waves of color using 8 different jewel tones of dyed flat oval reed on a 10” round slotted wood base. Techniques include 4-rod wale with a step-up, continuous twill weave, 2 layers of colorful waves, and finish with a simple folded matchstick rim.

449BR – PETITE PASTRIES – Trisha Brown

Thursday – 6 Hours – 8 am until 3 pm

Class Fee: $145  Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: 10 ¼” D x 5 ¾” H

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

An ideal presentation piece for everything from hors d’oeuvres to cookies and confections. This 9” pastry tray features a woven pedestal using cherry and cane construction. The perfect complement to your buffet table or holiday entertaining ensemble.


450BO – LAVENDER WANDS DOOR BASKET – Anne Bowers

Thursday – 6 Hours – 8 am until 3 pm

Class Fee: $70    Skill Level: Intermediate

Dimensions: 10” W x 13” H

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools, plus an awl.

Students will twine, twill weave, and add rows of color to create this lovely sturdy pocket shaped basket. The basket features  purple accents and as the rim filler. Lash with waxed linen. Students will braid cord to hang basket with and tie on artificial lavender accents. Prior twill experience is needed.

451LA – DAY OF WHISKS – Bev Larson

Thursday – 6 Hours – 8 am until 3 pm

Class Fee: $75    Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: Varies

Options: A variety of broom corn and thread in class.

Note: Students will make 2- 4 brooms as time allows.

Learn to tie a variety of whisk brooms using a range of traditional Appalachian techniques. Each student will complete a minimum of two whisk brooms and as many as four depending on skill level and as time allows.


452MZ – RUM-PA-PUM – McKinzie’s

Thursday – 6 Hours – 8 am until 3 pm

Class Fee: $65    Skill Level: All Levels

Dimensions: 7” D x 7” H

Options: Assorted colors of dyed reed available in class.

Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

Make this charming project for a fun holiday treat! The basket has matching dyed spokes and weavers and is woven over a class mold. The drum design is completed with gold or silver buttons, matching cord, and a set of wooden drumsticks.

453PE – WEEKENDER TOTE - Kathy Petronzio

Thursday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $85    Skill Level: Intermediate

Dimensions: 15” L x 7” W x 11” H to Rim

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

This large tote would be awesome for that weekend get-away! It has a solid maple base and is woven with reed. There are beads at the top (which are optional). The rim is leather, as is the handle. Shaping will be emphasized. An overlay of dyed Hamburg cane accents the center.


454MI – VARIATIONS – Pam Milat

Thursday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $70    Skill Level: Intermediate

Dimensions: 10” L x 7” W x 6” H

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

A double wall reed basket that is natural on the inside and features varying shades of color on the outside. Students will use over/under weave, 3-rod wale, and a Japanese weave to complete the outer wall. Finish by double lashing a color filled rim. Colors are shades of teal, aqua, green, and blue.

455MR – CHECK MATE – Peggy McCarson

Thursday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $65    Skill Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Dimensions: 10” D x 9” H

Options: Choose either red, black, brown, or navy.

Special Tools Required: Standard weaving tools.

Insert spokes on a prepared wood base and twine to set the spokes. Shaping tips of how to hold your hand, measure, and visualize spacing will be given. Achieve the checkerboard design by twining a natural and dyed round reed. The rim includes a dyed large round reed insert and teacher made handles.

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.

456BA – DELLA – Susan Baxter

Thursday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $75    Skill Level: Intermediate

Dimensions: 9” D x 3 ¾” H

Options: As shown.

Special Tools Required: A scratch awl.

Della is perfect for muffins, fruits, or snacks. A 5” slotted acrylic bloom base is used in conjunction with round reed to create a practical piece of art. The 3-rod spiral designs morphs into solid using a design element called “becoming”. A twine arrow helps with the border spacing. Finish with a double diagonal rim.

457KO – CORNERED – Karen Kotecki

Thursday – 8 Hours – 8 am until 5 pm

Class Fee: $100    Skill Level: Intermediate

Dimensions: 6 ½” D at Rim x 6” H to Rim

Special Tools Required: Sharp side cutters and shears, tapestry needle, and super glue.

Begin on a square open weave base and learn how to get a domed cathead-style base using an upright weaving technique. The rounded shape is a continuous weave with a skip stitch. The 3-point corner braid uses bleached cane. Lash with waxed cord. Karen will drill holes for the screw, bead, and nut attached rim.

CLASS SELECTIONS: 

·         Note the skill level, tools required, and class times to make sure you can meet the requirements.

·        Note the dimensions of the project. Some may be larger or smaller than they appear in the featured photo.

·        Some classes offer color options. Mark your choices on the Registration Form.

·        There is a difference between expanding your skill set and choosing classes beyond your skill level. It is unfair to the instructor and other students to take a class that is beyond your level of expertise. Everyone wants you to be successful in completing your class project while not dominating the instructor’s time for one-on-one explanations of techniques it is assumed you already have knowledge of. Expertise in one weaving medium does not necessarily translate to the same level in other materials.

SKILL LEVELS:

All Levels – For the beginner weaver who has little to no experience and may need practice with techniques or shaping, all the way to advanced students.

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 can 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.

Intermediate/Advanced – These weavers are quite skilled in most techniques and may only require assistance with difficult or unique designs and shaping. Most weaving in class can be done independently and without specific instruction.

Advanced – Advanced weavers are highly proficient and experienced. 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.

 TRANSITION TO HILTON DOUBLETREE PROPERTY - COMPLETE
Our venue has recently upgraded from an IHG Crowne Plaza to a DoubleTree under the Hilton flag. While this is good news as renovations have taken place to many of the hotel's common areas, it is also a bit of a confusing time for making reservations. Please note this is NOT a venue change of location - simply a change from IHG to Hilton.
 
If you have already made your reservation, you do not need to do anything. Reservations made through the IHG website or by phone were automatically transfered to the Hilton system on December 19th. DO NOT MAKE A NEW RESERVATION.
 
If you have NOT made reservations yet, I recommend that you do so ASAP. The reserved block of rooms will be released for general booking on January 10, 2024. There is no guarantee of a room being available or obtaining the group rate after that date. Please use the updated booking link below for securing your room.
 
HOTEL INFORMATION:

A block of rooms is being held at the DoubleTree (formerly 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 rate is $239 per night for either a king/sleeper or queen/queen room. A $10 hot breakfast buffet will be available.

By phone: Call the Doubletree at 239/482-2900 and ask for the BRIGHT EXPECTATIONS group rate.
By online booking: Please use this website booking link (www.hilton.com). Enter your arrival and departure dates.
 
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).

HOTEL INFORMATION:

A block of rooms is being held at the Doubletree (formerly 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 rate is $239 per night for either a king/sleeper or queen/queen room. A $10 hot breakfast buffet will be available.

By phone: Call the Doubletree at 239/482-2900 and ask for the BRIGHT EXPECTATIONS group rate.
By online booking: Please use this website booking link (www.hilton.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).

formation, 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 rate is $239 per night for either a king/sleeper or queen/queen room. A $10 hot breakfast buffet will be available.

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).

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.
 
That sounds like a lot of money, but in 2023 with the help of a matching donation, $4,180 was raised. Now THAT'S a LOT of money!
 
Raffle tickets will again be sold in 2024 with the hope (and expectation) that we can exceed that amount. We can only accomplish this by your participation. Click on either photo for more info.
 
Please plan to donate a small weaving ... and be sure to bring some cash 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.
 
That sounds like a lot of money, but in 2023 with the help of a matching donation, $4,180 was raised. Now THAT'S a LOT of money!
 
Raffle tickets will again be sold in 2024 with the hope (and expectation) that we can exceed that amount. We can only accomplish this by your participation. Click on either photo for more info.
 
Please plan to donate a small weaving ... and be sure to bring some cash to buy tickets at the retreat for a chance to win!
ACS Fundraiser

Would you like a table at Teacher's Marketplace? Contact me for availability.

Teacher's Marketplace begins at 5:30 pm. Teachers will have a variety of basket related supplies.

MJE2Weave along with other pop-up vendors will also be there. Place your pre-order with McKinzie's or the teachers to pick up at the retreat. class to pay for your items.

Contact information is available in the Retreat Brochure.

Join us for OPEN WEAVE, PIZZA, and COCKTAILS! A relaxing evening of weaving and socializing is ahead.

Teachers Marketplace

Would you like a table at Teacher's Marketplace? Contact me for availability.

Teacher's Marketplace begins at 5:30 pm. Teachers will have a variety of basket related supplies.

MJE2Weave along with other pop-up vendors will also be there. Place your pre-order with McKinzie's or the teachers to pick up at the retreat. class to pay for your items.

Contact information is available in the Retreat Brochure.

The much anticipated Teacher's Marketplace begins 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!

Jimmie Earl & Mary McKinzie (MJE2Weave) and some other pop-up vendors will also be there. Place your pre-order with McKinzie's or the teachers to pick up at the retreat. Teachers may also 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.

And then join us for OPEN WEAVE, PIZZA, and COCKTAILS! Bring a project to work on. Some teachers and other experienced weavers will be on hand to assist you with techniques you may be struggling with.

Open Weave

Join us for OPEN WEAVE, PIZZA, and COCKTAILS! Bring a project to work on and join other weavers and some teachers for a relaxing evening.