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Beginning Basketry Workshop

January 20 @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Date: Saturday, January 20th, 2024
 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Total Sessions:
 Peeta Tinay
Location: Room 208 Print Studio
 Adult, 18+
Skill Level:
Sliding Scale:
Materials Fee: $30

About the class

Beginning basket makers and those with no experience are welcome and encouraged to sign up for this one-day basketry workshop. During the workshop students will make one basket. The first steps in this basket workshop start with a demonstration of how to establish the basket base from the beginning. Students will follow and be guided step by step while creating their basket base. The baskets are made from round reed employing over/under and twining technique. Ample hands-on attention will be given to each student during the weaving process. Please note: hand strength is required for basket making.

Through their experience, students will learn the following:

  • How to shape the basket
  • Methods to use for tension and hand placement with the weaving materials
  • Useful basketry tools
  • How to select weaving materials for future projects
  • Dyeing and finishing round reed baskets
  • All tools provided for use during the workshop
  • Students will receive a handout to keep. It contains the materials list for this project, supplier list of where to order weaving materials and basketry tools, as well as basketry guild information.
  • All weaving materials are supplied and prepared for this project

There will be a short lunch break in the afternoon; please bring a bag lunch.

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

About the instructor

Peeta Tinay

Instructor / Artist

Peeta Tinay grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was born into a family of creatives: her father a chemist by day and a jeweler by night, her mother a watercolor painter and dietitian. Artwork from both parents and their friends filled the house throughout her childhood. Her grandfather was an inventor, keeping a fully functional foundry and pattern shop behind the family home. Roaming through his old work buildings was always an adventure. This early creative environment was fertile ground through which she came of age and discovered her life’s work.

From 1990 to 2000 at The Caning Shop in Berkeley California she was introduced to techniques involved in the restoration of wicker furniture. 33 years of woven restoration work has provided the backbone for the basket work she now creates.

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