Blackberry Vine Basketry: Harvesting, Processing, & Weaving with Chloë Hight
Location: Portland Studio
Teacher: Chloë Hight
In this one day class students will learn how to harvest, process, and weave with Himalayan Blackberry (Rubus armeniacus). This plant originated in Western Europe and was brought to North America around 1885 as a cultivated crop and now grows aggressively in the Pacific Northwest. At the beginning of class we will learn how to properly harvest, strip, and process Himalayan Blackberry skins for braiding, cordage making, and weaving. Students will then learn fundamental basketry techniques to weave a small vessel with the harvested and processed material.
No previous experience necessary. Open to students 16 & up.