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April 27, 2024


9:30 am – 3:30pm


$160 actual cost, includes materials and supplies
$80 – Accessible pricing
$240 – Support a classmate


Rondout Municipal Center
1921 Lucas Ave Ext
Cottekill, NY 12419

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(845) 256-9830

Willow Basketry

Come learn and engage with the traditional craft of willow basketry, guided by basket and coffin weaver Mary Fraser.

We will make a frame basket, traditional to the Roma peoples of Europe. Learn to make hoops, work with the willow, add ribs, make a God’s-eye fasten, and shape your frame basket. All students make and take home their own willow frame basket.

Willow Frame Basket

Note: Depending on each participant’s weaving pace, additional work outside of program hours could be needed to complete the basket. If you anticipate working at a gentler pace, consider leaving your evening flexible as the willow must be worked before it dries out. Participants will go home with a basket they made with their own hands as well as the learning and inspiration to create many more.

Accessibility: Moderate hand strength required, participants may be sitting outdoors in 60-degree weather.

About Mary Lauren Fraser

Mary Lauren Fraser is a basket and coffin weaver based in the unceded southernmost Abenaki lands, now western Massachusetts.  She weaves with willow grown on small scale organic willow farms and some from her own patch.  Mary apprenticed to Karen Collins in northern Scotland in 2014 and has since been offering coffins, baskets and basketry classes throughout New England since 2015.

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