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The Country Seat, Inc. 1013 Old Philly Pike, Kempton PA 19529
610-756-6124 - weaving@countryseat.com - www.countryseat.com

Photos from Previous Classes

Class Schedule
Angie's Classes at Country Seat
Angie's Classes elsewhere
Class Calendar
Anne Bowers
Antler Baskets - Anne Bowers
Antler Baskets - Judy Appleby
Basic Basket Weaving
Billy Owens - White Oak Basketry
Birch Bark, Russian
Bonnie Gale - Willow
Chair Seat Weaving
Char Ciammaichella
Coiling with Pam Wilson
Coiling with Vickie Echols
Gourd Classes

Judy Appleby - Antler Baskets
Nantuckets
Oak Baskets
Open Weave Days
Pam Wilson
Pati English
Pine Needle Coiling with Pam Wilson
Pine Needle Coiling with Vickie Echols
Ribbed Classes
Saturday Classes
Seat Weaving
Seat Weaving - Rush Seats
Suzi Nonn - Gourd Classes
Venie Hinson
Vickie Echols
Vladimir Yarish
Willow

Please note: We will be open only select Saturdays. Please check our new Calendar Page. All our events, normal and special hours for the year in one place.

Send us an email if you would like to be notified when new classes are scheduled.

Open Weave Days

Please join us on these Fridays from 12 - 3:
April 10th , from 12:00-3:00
May 22nd , from 12:00-3:00
July 17th , from 12:00-3:00
September4th , from 12:00-3:00
October 2nd , from 12:00-3:00
November 6th , from 12:00-3:00
December 11th , from 12:00-3:00

Tuition = no charge
Materials cost = ??? You decide

Bring your latest project and your friends and make yourself at home in our classroom. Make a day of it. Have lunch at Wanamakers General Store, hike Hawk Mountain or take the Hex Sign Driving Tour.
Bring that basket pattern that has you stumped and we'll help you work through it. If you are having trouble with a certain technique, bring your questions and that 1/2 completed project.
Do you have questions about seat weaving? Bring your chair and we will help you get started or finished (if you are afraid to get started, please make sure to read instructions for your type of chair so you are familiar with the procedures). Meet new friends and share weaving information.
This is not a formal class, we need to attend to other business matters throughout the day, but we will be available to help with questions and difficult techniques.
You are responsible to bring or purchase all materials and tools. We provide the help and answers. Come weave with us!


Thursday, April 16

Overly Neon - $89

OR

Overly Natural - $89

Skill Level: Intermediate

This is a good sized market or storage basket.
You will insert spokes, alternating dyed and natural spokes, into the wood base. Techniques include both horizontal and vertical overlays, start/stop weaving, and 4 rod twining in a 2/2 pattern. Curls are added after the basket is lashed.

Shaping is a challenge.

Choose between the Overly Neon (green and blue) or the Overly Natural (black and brown) versions.

Size: 18 X 11 X 9"

Overly Neon Basket
Overly Neon and Natural  Baskets

Friday, April 17

Triple Treat - $77

Skill Level: All

3 colors, 3 techniques!
This basket is started by inserting natural spokes into a wood base. Techniques include twill weave using 2 weavers, 4-rod paired twining and a decorative diagonal curl that is added after the basket is woven.
Woven in blue and brown.

Size: 8 X 10.5 X 7"

Triple Treat Basket
Triple Weave Storage - $101

Skill Level: Intermediate--Just a lot of weaving

This very large bin begins by inserting spokes into a wood base.
Weaves include 3 rod twining, 3 rod pair twining, chase weave and Japanese Diagonal weave. This is a great techniques basket.

Size: 21 X 14 X 14"

Woven in black and natural.

Triple Weave Storage Basket

Saturday, April 18

Japanese Diagonal Bowl - $71

Skill Level: Intermediate

This is a beautiful basket to use and show off when entertaining at home.
Bowl is started on a wood base using flat oval spokes. Techniques include 4 rod twining and continuous Japanese Diagonal weave.
Shaping will be a challenge as the bowl is totally hand shaped.

Color choices are: black, red, or blue (please specify when registering).

Size: 7" High X 13" Diameter

Japanese Diagonal Bowl Basket

Your Twilly Oval - $74

Skill Level: Intermediate

Many narrow spokes are inserted into the wood base to begin this basket.
Students will decide the twill they want to use and insert the correct number of spokes. Techniques include 4-rod twining, continuous over/under twill weave and a herringbone lashing on the false rim and the top rim.

Color choices are: black, red, blue, or purple (please specify when registering).

Size: 10 X 8 X 8"

Your Twilly Oval Basket
Kits are available for all of the above basket as well as many more. Please see
Char's website for options and kit pricing. Please contact Char to place kit orders or if you have special color requests for class.

Cancellation Policy ~ Cancellation with-in the two weeks prior to class - instructor will ship all materials needed to complete one basket along with the pattern needed for that basket, the student is responsible for postage.
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Maximum of 12 students, please do not wait to register.

Print a Registration Page, e-mail or call (610-756-6124) to register.
NEW - Register through our online catalog.
All fees must be paid in advance to reserve your space in class.

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(Pre-registration is required for all classes)

Thursday - April 30th

10:00-4:00

Title: FILL IT IN WITH SHELLS GOURD BASKET

Cost: $70.00

Description: You will learn how to stitch pine needles onto a prepared gourd using waxed linen. You will learn how to fill in a void on the gourd while incorporating sliced sea shells into your weaving.

Materials: The prepared gourd (cleaned, cut, sealed inside with paraffin wax and treated on the outside with wood rejuvenator), 4 ounces of glycerinated pine needles, sewing needle and waxed linen will all be provided.

Tools: Students will need to bring good sharp scissors, small needle nose pliers, fine tipped flush cut wire cutters (Plato Shear) and a thimble.

FILL IT IN WITH SHELLS Gourd Basket

Friday - May 1st

10:00-3:00

Title: RAINBOW SWIRL GOURD BASKET

Cost: $70.00

Description: You will learn how to stitch dyed pine needles onto a prepared gourd using artificial sinew. You will learn how to evenly divide the gourd into sections to create 3 swirling patterns. You will have the choice of colors to create your own rainbow design.

Materials: The prepared gourd (cleaned, cut, sealed inside with paraffin wax and treated on the outside with wood rejuvenator), 3 (2 ounce) bundles of dyed pine needles, sewing needle and artificial sinew will all be provided.

Tools: Students will need to bring good sharp scissors, small needle nose pliers, fine tipped flush cut wire cutters (Plato Shear) and a thimble.

RAINBOW SWIRL GOURD BASKET
RAINBOW SWIRL GOURD BASKET

Cancellation Policy ~ Cancellation with-in the two weeks prior to class - instructor will ship all materials needed to complete one basket along with the pattern needed for that basket, the student is responsible for postage.
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Maximum of 12 students, please do not wait to register.

Print a Registration Page, e-mail or call (610-756-6124) to register.
NEW - Register through our online catalog.
All fees must be paid in advance to reserve your space in class.

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(Pre-registration is required for all classes)

Cancellation Policy ~ Cancellation with-in the two weeks prior to class - instructor will ship all materials needed to complete one basket along with the pattern needed for that basket, the student is responsible for postage.
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Maximum of 12 students, please do not wait to register.

All fees must be paid in advance to reserve your space in class.

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(Pre-registration is required for all classes)

Friday, November 20, 2015
9 AM - 12:30 PM

Watch for Info!

$

Friday, November 20, 2015
1 - 5 PM

Watch for Info!

$

Saturday, November 21st, 2015
9 AM - 12:30 PM

Watch for info!

$

Saturday, November 21st, 2015
1 - 5 PM

Felt Ornament Tree

$40

It is never too early to think about Christmas some more! In this class you will make a Felt Ornament Tree.
Approximately 18-24" high x 9-10" across.
Class will begin at 1 am and end no later than 5 pm, students may finish at different times.


All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Maximum of 12 students, please do not wait to register.

All fees must be paid in advance to reserve your space in class.

Print a Registration Page, e-mail or call (610-756-6124) to register.
NEW - Register through our online catalog.



(Pre-registration is required for all classes)

Cancellation Policy ~ Cancellation with-in the two weeks prior to class - instructor will ship all materials needed to complete one basket along with the pattern needed for that basket, the student is responsible for postage.
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Maximum of 12 students, please do not wait to register.

All fees must be paid in advance to reserve your space in class.

Print a Registration Page, e-mail or call (610-756-6124) to register.
NEW - Register through our online catalog.

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(Pre-registration is required for all classes)

Mark your calendars now and watch for the 2015 class information!

Suggested tools - Usual basket making tools: scissors, tape measure, pencil, clothespins/clamps, water container, spray water bottle, bent tip/packing tool or flat edge screwdriver.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds available until May 10, 2015 at The Country Seat. After that date there will be no refunds administered. Class kits will be available for pick up at The Country Seat or mailed to you by the Instructor at your written request. Send mailing address to Pati English 151 English Hill Rd. Seneca, SC 29672

Print a Registration Page, e-mail or call (610-756-6124) to register.
NEW - Register through our online catalog.

All fees must be paid in advance to reserve your space in class.

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(Pre-registration is required for all classes)
Look for Anne's patterns in our
online catalog - search on "Bowers".

Sculptural Antler Basket
Sculptural Antler Basket
Sculptural Antler Basket

Taawah Ridge Basket
Taawah Ridge Basket
Taawah Ridge Basket

Antique Kitchen Tools
Pastry blender

Pastry blender

Grater - Grater

Potato Masher & Square Masher Mashers

Skimmer Skimmers

Spool Basket & Round Masher
Kitchen Tool Baskets

Suggested tools for all Anne Bowers' classes - a long awl and a sharpened knife (for all ribbed classes) basketry shears & plato shears for all classes .

Print a Registration Page, e-mail or call (610-756-6124) to register.
NEW - Register through our online catalog.
All fees must be paid in advance to reserve your space in class.

Cancellation Policy ~ Cancellation with-in the two weeks prior to class - instructor will ship all materials needed to complete one basket along with the pattern needed for that basket, the student is responsible for postage.
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Maximum of 12 students, please do not wait to register.

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(Pre-registration is required for all classes)

Saturday, May 9th
Marbling Class

Cost = $35
Time = 9 AM - 1 PM

All Levels

Learn the ancient art of marbling.
We will float light-fast textile paints on the surface of a liquid. Each design is unique. The possibilities are endless! Fun and easy, all prep work is done for you. Just show up in old clothes (in case of paint splatter) and bring an old towel (to roll scarf into if still wet) or newspaper (to lay strips on if still wet).
You choice of a 100% white silk scarf with or without fringe OR a 100% black silk scarf without fringe (approximately 11" wide x 5ft. long) OR three 2" wide maple strips. Extras of all will be available for purchase the day of class, depending on time available.
Please indicate when registering if you are interested in a silk scarf or maple strips as all materials must be prepared ahead of time.

Returning marbling students will marble 6 strips and/or 2 scarves for the tuition price.

Required Tools ~ NOTHING!
Recommendations~ Wear old clothes or apron in case of paint splatter.

Cancellation Policy ~ Option to attend a later class.
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.


Print a
Registration Page, e-mail or call (610-756-6124) to register.
NEW - Register through our online catalog.
All fees must be paid in advance to reserve your space in class.

Saturday, December 5th -
Marbling Class

Cost = $35
Time = 9 AM - 1 PM

All Levels

Learn the ancient art of marbling.
We will float light-fast textile paints on the surface of a liquid. Each design is unique. The possibilities are endless! Fun and easy, all prep work is done for you. Just show up in old clothes (in case of paint splatter) and bring an old towel (to roll scarf into if still wet) or newspaper (to lay strips on if still wet).
You choice of a 100% white silk scarf with or without fringe OR a 100% black silk scarf without fringe (approximately 11" wide x 5ft. long) OR three 2" wide maple strips. Extras of all will be available for purchase the day of class, depending on time available.
Please indicate when registering if you are interested in a silk scarf or maple strips as all materials must be prepared ahead of time.

Returning marbling students will marble 6 strips and/or 2 scarves for the tuition price.

Required Tools ~ NOTHING!
Recommendations~ Wear old clothes or apron in case of paint splatter.

Cancellation Policy ~ Option to attend a later class.
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.


Print a Registration Page, e-mail or call (610-756-6124) to register.
NEW - Register through our online catalog.
All fees must be paid in advance to reserve your space in class.

Angie's Class Dates - Also see our new Calendar Page for the entire year at a glance.
2015
January 17th -
February 14th -
March 28th - Classic Oval
May 9th - Marbling Workshop
July 25th -
August 29th -
September 12th -
October 10th -
October 17th -
November 28th -
December 5th - Marbling Workshop
December 19th - Weave What You Want Class
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Seat Weaving -
Angie's Rush Seating Workshops: Please see above for dates, watch for 2015 dates. See
Angie's Classes at Country Seat
for more information.

Contact Denise Mill in Emmaus, PA for repair work and caning, splint and other types of seatweaving classes at: e-mail or (610) 417-1975.

Please see Murray Hill Weaving for Jean Bove's classes in NH.

Please see our FAQ Page on Seat Weaving for helpful hints and answers to your seat weaving questions.




Nantuckets with Maggie Silva - Thursday, September 24, Friday, September 25th & Saturday, September 26th, 2015

~ class times 9 AM - 5 PM on Thursday & Friday. 8 AM - 4 PM on Saturday ~

First choose the days you wish to attend class - then choose the Nantucket basket you wish to weave (you must choose a basket or baskets that match the number of days you have registered for).
The basket or baskets you wish to weave can be chosen from the list below or you can go directly to Maggie's website: http://www.basketryetc.com/ and choose from anything in her PDF files here:
Maggie's kit pages:
http://www.basketryetc.com/pdf .
Her kit price is the materials fee that is due to her your first day of class.


Print a Registration Page, e-mail or call (610-756-6124) to register which days you wish to attend.
You MUST FIRST register your choice of days with us. All tuition fees ($65 per day) must be paid in advance to reserve your space in class.

Please contact us at: classes@countryseat.com. All tuition fees will be deposited or charged one month prior to the class dates. A check (dated for August 15th, 2014) or a credit card that has an expiration date after August 2014 must be included with your registration so the tuition fees can be taken care of one month prior to class.
(Pre-registration is required for all classes)

Choose from any of the example baskets below or directly from Maggie's website (see link at the end of baskets shown).
Please check with Maggie for the amount of material fees due


3 Day Class Examples:
NH Purse ~ 5” x 3-3/4” x 4” ~
NH Purse
Ellipse Tote ~ 10-1/2" x 5-1/2" x 8" (leather straps)
Nantucket Ellipse

2 Day Class Examples:
Arawjo Creel Purse ~ 9" x 4-1/2" x 7"
Nantucket Arawjo Creel
3" Tiny Oval Purse ~ 3" x 2" x 2-1/2"
Nantucket Purse
Sharon's Baguette ~ 12-1/2" x 6" x 2-1/2"
Baguette Nantucket
Tall Boy ~ 6" x 4" x 9“
 Nantucket Tall Boy Purse
8" Round Nantucket
Sand Pail
(includes shovel)
Nantucket Sand Pail

1 Day Class Examples:
1-1/2" Oval ~ 1-1/2" x 1" x 3/4" with one handle (higher price for 2 handles)
Nantucket Ovals
Coaster Caddy w/Solid Wooden Rim ~ 5” x 1-3/4” (includes Coasters)
Coaster Caddy w/Solid Wooden Rim

Half Pint Salt & Pepper ~ 5-3/4” x 3-1/4” x 2”
Half Pint Salt & Pepper
2" Heart ~ 2" x 2" x 1"
Heart Nantucket
2-Egg Round ~ 3-1/2" x 2-1/2"
2-Egg Round
Flower Basket w/Solid Wooden Rim
Nantucket Flower Basket


Print a Registration Page, e-mail or call (610-756-6124) to register.
NEW - Register through our online catalog.
All fees must be paid in advance to reserve your space in class.


Maggie's website:
http://www.basketryetc.com/

Maggie's kit pages:
http://www.basketryetc.com/pdf


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Vladimir's book - Plaited Basketry with Birch Bark written with Flo Hoppe & Jim Widess, expands on the basics with several more lessons, history and a gallery of traditional and contemporary plaited weaving.


Purse size: approximately 7-1/2" x 2-1/2" x 5-1/2"

If you are new to diagonal plaiting, start with the Small Square-to-Round Baskets to learn the basics. Two Square to Round Diagonally Plaited Baskets
plaited birch bark square-to-round baskets
Oval Birch Bark Basket Stitched with Spruce Roots

Wall Pouch in Russian Birch Bark with Pinwheel Curls
birch bark wall pouch
Square-To-Round Basket Variation #3 (3-D rim)
birch bark basket birch bark basket

All materials are harvested and processed by hand with simple tools by Vladimir. He harvestes his birch bark and spruce roots in the forests of Russia. Many of the tools he uses are also made by him.

To purchase Vladimir's Russian birch bark, please contact Ann Harrow at ann@harrow.org.
To view more of Vladimir's Class options, please visit his website: Yarish Basketry

Karl Marks Street 8, Apt 28
Veliky Novgorod 173015, Russia

Certified "People's Artist" (Master Craftsman) in 1997
Accepted into The Union of Arts of Russia in 1998

Artist's Statement

When I was shown how to weave birch bark in 1984, all I wanted was just to make a few baskets. All my life I have liked to make things by hand. As I continued making baskets, I realized there is a huge Russian tradition of birch bark weaving that dates back for ten centuries. I felt the need to support this tradition and decided to make only traditionally shaped Russian baskets.
When I founded the studio to teach people, I learned how to weave something not very traditional. My students in every class "taught" me that. I then understood that, if I wanted to continue teaching people, I needed to change my view on basketry a little.
When I came to USA for the first time I saw a lot of weaving styles: traditional, contemporary, avant-garde... and was back home with a headache.
Now I know that there are many ethnic groups, nations, many shapes, styles and directions beginning from deep tradition to ultra-contemporary. And if I start to weave something, I must make my best to finish the project!
Vladimir Yarish

plaited birch bark dish Click here for photos from Vladimir's 1999 visit to The Country Seat.

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Venie Hinson
- She may make a visit for a one day class so keep an eye on this spot!

Cancellation Policy ~ Cancellation with-in the two weeks prior to class - instructor will ship all materials needed to complete one basket along with the pattern needed for that basket.
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Maximum of 12 students, please do not wait to register.


Billy Owens - White Oak Basketry - Watch for 2016 dates
All material used in class is hand split White Oak, from timber which Billy has selected, cut down and prepared by hand.
This is your chance to work with white oak without all the labor of preparing the materials yourself.
Learn the tips and tricks to weaving white oak!






Bonnie Gale - Weaving with Willow class -
Watch for future classes

(Pre-registration is required for all classes)

willow garden basket
Students must bring: several old bath towels, sharp knife, sharp hand held pruning shears (or basket shears), ruler, spray bottle, notebook, basketry clamps, lunch (or take-out is available nearby) and mug. Weight (ex. old flat iron), rapping iron, bodkin & grease horn (if you have them). Bonnie will bring some to share.

Cancellation Policy ~ Class fee refunded only if your space is filled by another student.
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.


"Bonnie Gale has been a professional willow basketmaker for the past twenty-seven years. With degrees from the University of Manchester and M.I.T., she has trained with professional European willow basketmakers. She is proprietor of "English Basketry Willows" (a small business selling imported European basketry willows, willow basketry books and tools) and founder of the "American Willow Growers Network" promoting the growing and the exploration of the uses of willow. She teaches traditional willow basketry across the United States at major conventions and guilds. She writes extensively on traditional willow basketry and willow growing and her articles have appeared in EarlyAmerican Life magazine, Basket Bits, Basketry Express and Fiber Arts. Her work has been shown in major basketry exhibitions and she is the recipient of numerous awards. In 1999, she was awarded an Artist's Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She was asked by Plimoth Plantation to make the large willow baskets featured on the film set in the PBS WGBH Boston television series "Colonial House", first aired in May 2004. In March 2006, her work on living willow installations was featured in "House and Garden" magazine, and her living installation on Long Island was shown in the Fall/Winter 2006 issue of "Vogue Living" magazine. In September 2006, she was commissioned by the Mount Vernon Estate to make a basket to specifically hold Martha Washington's love letters. In 2007, she was awarded an Artists and Communities grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation to engage in a large scale community oriented living willow installation at the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park in Erie, Pennsylvania. In 2009, her work was featured in the PBS "Cultivating Life" series. In 2010, she was featured in two segments on the Martha Stewart Show." provided by Bonnie Gale. To read more about Bonnie's accomplishments, please visit her Resumι Page

To learn more about the "American Willow Growers Network" visit English Basketry Willows Site


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  • Teaching and Vending at: the MD Gourd Fest April 23 - 25, 2015 -
    MD Gourd Fest

  • Vending & Teaching at: the PA Odyssey September 17-20, 2015 - 15th Annual Weaving Odyssey Convention (Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
    now in Gettysburg, PA. Classes are scheduled to begin on Thursday night and continue through Sunday afternoon.
    Central PA Basket Weavers Guild


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Basketry, Gourd Weaving & Chair Seating Supplies
1013 Old Philly Pike
Kempton, Pennsylvania 19529-9321 USA
Phone: 610-756-6124
e-mail: weaving@countryseat.com
Fax: 610-756-0088
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