Beaded Gourd Basket

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Lynne East-Itkin

Saturday, September 10th

Full Day

9:00 am - 4:00 pm


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Class description

Learn how to create a gourd basket using a gourd for the base. Bring a gourd bottom that has been cut and cleaned. The walls need to be thick enough to accommodate a 1.78 MM (.0700") drill hole. You will measure and drill holes for your basket spokes. Then you will weave the basket using #2 round reed adding a row of beads and ending in a braided rim.

I will provide: Basket weaving reed (various colors), Beads (various styles - wood and glass), a drill bit - the size of the reed

What you are asked to bring

Each student is asked to bring a gourd base, 4" to 6" in diameter cut at about 1 to 1.5" tall and cleaned. The gourd wall should be thick enough to accommodate a 1.78 MM (.0700") drill hole. Drill or rotary tool that will accommodate a 1.78 MM (.0700") bit.

Note: If you cannot obtain a gourd as described, I can prepare a class-ready gourd for you, and you can pay me $10.00 when you arrive to class. You must let me know before August 1st to give me time to prepare your gourd.

( [email protected] or 520-360-1880 )

I will have beads but if you have special beads you would like to use with a hole that is at least 2 mm bring them.

Class Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel this class, you MUST contact us before August 30, 2022 in order to receive a refund. Note that NGS will withhold $10 to cover processing fees. To cancel, call Patti Jo Newsom at 817-917-7873 or email us at [email protected]

If this class does not meet its minimum number of students by August 30th, the class will be cancelled, you will be contacted, and your registration fee will be refunded.

All classes are subject to change.       

About the instructor

Art has always been a part of Lynne's life. Her very creative parents made sure that she was exposed to different forms of art from early on. That gave her an open path to explore her creativity. Lynne has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from California College of Arts and Crafts and is the owner of Lynne M East Graphic Design Studio and Blue Raven Art School. In recent years she has been applying her design expertise to gourd art and Baskets. Lynne started working with coyote gourds that were growing wild in her yard by painting them for Christmas ornaments. Having learned many new techniques she now creates pieces unlike any others. Lynne enjoys combining media and often adds metal art to her pieces.

Questions about this class?

Contact Lynne at [email protected] or 520-360-1880.

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