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. The strong skins can be peeled and used for braiding, cordage, and basket weaving. Students will explore fundamental basketry techniques to weave small vessels with locally harvested and processed material. This technique was taught to me by my mentors and first weaving teachers, Sharon Kallis and Rebecca Graham with the EartHand Gleaners Society in Vancouver, BC.
No previous experience necessary. Open to students 16 & up.
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