Jo Campbell-Amsler Willow Basket Workshops

October 31, 2019 - November 2, 2019

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10/31/2019 - 11/02/2019


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Willow Basket Workshops  --  with Jo Campbell-Amsler

Choose your dates and classes:  Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and 2, 2019
The Basket Maker’s Catalog  •  Scottsville, Kentucky  •  800-447-7008

Welcome back to Kentucky, Jo! Jo Campbell-Amsler from Monticello, Iowa is offering 3 willow workshops in Scottsville, Kentucky.  Choose from the Hen Basket, the Triple X or the Random Weave.  Jo is internationally known for her willow basketwork and has been working with willow for more than 30 years. She teaches throughout the United States and organizes “The Willow Gathering,” an annual event in Decorah, IA, which features workshops focusing on willow weaving techniques. Several of her baskets were included in “A Measure of the Earth” exhibition at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian. Jo’s background in horticulture and design led her to a career in Willow Rib-Style Basketry.  Jo teaches and shares her knowledge through workshops as well as hosting basketry tours to Spain, Scotland, France, Wales, Italy and Ireland.  Enjoy this opportunity to study with Jo; explore the feel, fragrance and colors of willow.  As Jo says, Welcome to the world of willow!  Read more about Jo on her website:



Ose Basket (Hen Basket)

Dates:  Thursday • October 31, 2019       Class Fee:  $198.00*   
Level:  Intermediate in ribs    Class Time:  9:00 - 5:30

Hen Jo 2019

This is a traditional Hen Basket, woven with willow and used to carry chickens to market or, in Victorian times, used as a proper lady’s purse.  There will be much emphasis on the shaping of the many ribs that create this basket’s full shape.  Good experience in rib-style basketry would be helpful in the weaving of this basket.  (8”W x 10”H)

Students please bring the following items to class:  basket shears, small pruners, large awl, sharp fixed blade knife, 2 beach towels or old bed sheet


Triple X Oval “Sciath’og”

Date:  Friday • November 1, 2019    Class Fee:   $182.00*
Level:  All levels         Class Time:  9:00 - 4:30 

triple x jo

Modeled after an old oval sciath’og, (pronounced skeeogue) this is an excellent basket to experience weaving with willow for the first time, or to practice perfecting your skill with willow and ribs.   Triple x-lashing, shaving, and shaping with ribs, will all be skills worked on while weaving this basket.  (15”L x10”W x 4”H)

Students please bring the following items to class:  basket shears, small pruners, large awl, sharp fixed blade knife, 2 beach towels or old bed sheet


Random Willow Weave “Bird Weave”

Date:  Saturday November 2, 2019    Class Fee:   $168.00*
Weaving Level:  All levels    Class Time:  9:00 - 3:30 

random willow jo

Create a willow fabric structure using random weave techniques   Willow sticks are interlaced creating a flat surface, that is then shaped into a variety of 3-dimensional forms. Basket shapes or purely sculptural, the possibilities are endless! Sizes vary based on student’s choice of materials and forms.

Students please bring the following items to class:  basket shears or small pruners, spray bottle, large awl, old bed sheet or two old bath towels



Call or email today to register.

Call 1-800-447-7008 or 270-237-4821  •  Mon. - Fri.   8:00-4:30   Central Time or leave a message. 


Deadline to Register:  September 27, 2019

Class Location: The Basket Maker’s Catalog  •  521 E. Walnut St.  •  Scottsville, KY   42164

Class Time:  Class begins at 9:00 a.m. each day (Central Time)

To Register: Call today to sign up for Jo’s Willow Classes.  Payment is due at time of registration; we gladly accept your personal check as well as American Express, Discover, VISA, and MasterCard.  Your payment will not be processed until the day of the class.

*Class fee is non-refundable.  Materials and Handout, containing an outline and technique, will be shipped (shipping charges additional) to anyone who registers but is unable to attend.

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