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Basket Weaving Workshops

Basket Weaving Workshops with Mary May

Have you ever wanted to weave your own basket? Master weaver, Mary May will show you how! Take home a lovely basket of your own inspired by the craftlore of Southern Jersey !
Ages 14 – Adults welcome, no weaving experience is necessary! All supplies are included in the materials fee for each workshop.

Mary-Fall-2015-Wine-768x752Wine Tote Workshop- CANCELLED
Saturday, August 12 from 10am-3pm (20 minute lunch break if needed, BYO)

Instruction fee: $38 members/$45 nonmember
Materials fee: $25 per student payable at workshop (cash or check only please) to Mary May







MaryMayAbout Mary: “Thinking back, I have always enjoyed using my hands. After many different crafts I stumbled onto baskets. Most days I’m making, researching and designing a basket. I have been teaching and making baskets for over 20 years. My interest in basket weaving began as a hobby; it soon grew beyond that of a general craft and basket making took direction onto learning and educating others about the history and traditions of South Jersey Baskets.

Early on I was self-taught until I participated in the New Jersey Folk Arts Apprentice program. I progressed from an apprentice to a master in Pinelands Baymen’s Regional Baskets. Learning about New Jersey Baskets connects my interest in making baskets, my love for the basket’s history and working with my hands.

My focus isn’t just making baskets it includes finding traditional New Jersey baskets such as: Berry Baskets, Pound Fish Baskets, Eel Fykes, Pack basket and learning the how, who and why about them. Working over wooden molds, made by my husband, many of my basket shapes are native South Jersey baskets. These utilitarian basket designs were once used as a tool for carrying wares, my basket today are strong and beautiful to use or display.

Although SJ baskets have my attention I also enjoy designing my own styles and designs that that have a traditional look but updated use.”



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