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Farewell Virginia Basket Workshop

February 15, 2020

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'Farewell Virginia' Basket Workshop with Beth Hester

 - The Kentucky Museum -

on the campus of Western Kentucky University

Date: February 15, 2020

Join us for a day of weaving the Farewell Virginia Basket at the Kentucky Museum.  This workshop is for weavers of all levels.  You’ll create a gorgeous basket with a wooden base, rattan material (natural and dyed) and two handcrafted white oak swing handles made in Allen County, Kentucky.  See photo above for two examples of dyed reed options.  Standing 13” tall; this basket is strong and it's perfect for carrying loads of materials and treasures, taking to the grocery or storing things at home.  Register today as the class size is limited.  

Class Date:    February 15, 2020

Size:   10” x 14” x 13” tall    

Level:  All                      

Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.   

Class Location:    Kentucky Museum on the campus of Western Kentucky University - 1400 Kentucky St., Bowling Green, KY 42101

To Register Contact:    Lynne Ferguson, Artist-in-Residence
Phone:    270-745-2594    Email:  lynne.ferguson@wku.edu

Farewell Virginia Basket Workshop  (register here online)

Deadline to Register:    January 17, 2020

Class Fee per Student:  ($140.00 Museum Members) ($155.00 Non-members)

Students should bring the following if they have the supplies on hand.  I will bring some extra tools as well.    

Medium grit sandpaper     

Pliers (regular wire pliers or needlenose)    

Cable ties (1 dozen)  

Carving Knife or Pocket Knife  

Scissors or shears            

Flexible measuring tape    

An old towel    

Apron (optional)        

Basketry Packing Tool OR Bone Folder    


Clothespins (1 dozen)

Spray bottle for water

Note:  We’ve named the basket ‘Farewell Virginia’ to celebrate Virginia Siegel, former Folklife Specialist at the Kentucky Folklife Program, as she continues her professional journey in Arkansas.  Thanks, Virginia, for your dedication and contributions to honor and document Kentucky’s people and culture.

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