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Ply Split Cord Basketry

June 2, 2018 @ 8:30 am - June 3, 2018 @ 4:30 pm



Murray Hill Weaving is thrilled to introduce Sarah Fortin to you as she instructs you on the age old technique of Ply Split Cord Basketry in this TWO-DAY class! Historically, ply-split braiding was found to be used extensively in north-west India for making camel girths and animal regalia. It was brought to the attention of fiber artists by Peter Collingwood, UK and has since been modernized for use in 3-dimensional work.

Sarah received the Best in Baskets award in Living with Crafts and the Best in Weaving award for both at the annual League of NH Craftsmen Fair, Mt. Sunapee this year. Sarah learned this technique at a conference, taught by Oregon ply-split artist Linda Hendrickson. Sarah was juried in to the League of NH Craftsmen for her baskets in May. She has been a juried member since 1984 for her weaving and stitchery. See further information and photos on Sarah’s Facebook page: Contemporary Handwovens by Sarah Louise.

Not only is this a great season to visit the Lakes Region of New Hampshire but you can also spend time with Sarah as she instructs you on weaving one of her unusual baskets.

You will have a kit with previously made 4-ply cords and will learn to use a gripfid to split the plies and shape your basket, following color order directions. There are no molds used, this is strictly a free form type of weaving. There will be several kits to choose from. Your basket will measure approximately 4” x 4”.

Kit fees are $25, which include written instructions. Gripfids can be purchased for $10. Class fee is $225 for the two-day class. A 50% deposit is required immediately to hold your place.  All checks should be made payable to Sarah Fortin and mailed to Jean Reed, 685 Murray Hill Road, Hill, NH 03243.  Contact Jean with questions.

Due to the high cost of materials, extensive hours of preparation, and travel expenses, we appreciate that every effort is made to attend class and be on time. Please note, on both days classes start at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m.

Information about local accommodations is available upon request.  Brown bag lunches are required. Students are urged to be on time for class and stay until the end to help insure the quality of their project.


June 2, 2018 @ 8:30 am
June 3, 2018 @ 4:30 pm


Jean Reed – Murray Hill Weaving


Murray Hill Weaving
685 Murray Hill Road
Hill, NH 03243 United States
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