Basketry: Golden Canary -- False Embroidery on Alaskan Yellow Cedar Bark with Kathey Ervin

  • Saturday, November 07, 2020
  • Sunday, November 08, 2020
  • 2 sessions
  • Saturday, November 07, 2020, 9:30 AM 4:00 PM (PST)
  • Sunday, November 08, 2020, 9:30 AM 4:00 PM (PST)
  • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI110720KE
  • 8


  • $300 tuition + $85 materials fee
  • $230 tuition + $85 materials fee


Join us for a basketry workshop with Kathey Ervin, one of our favorite instructors, and learn how to create a basket using yellow cedar, reed canary grass, and false embroidery.

Yellow cedar is often called the 24 caret gold of the northwest. Reed canary grass, although it grows everywhere (often seen in the ditches along roadways), is a beautiful material to work with – it processes and dyes easily.  

False embroidery technique is used for pattern work and it is worked in as the basket is twined, not added afterwards. False embroidery is unique in that it does not show on the inside of the basket.  

The first morning will be creating a Tlingit-style twined base, learning folded spoke additions, making the base 2.5 inches across.  Harvesting and preparation techniques will be discussed and a full set of instructions will be included.


  • Please note that for this class, cancellation requests received 14 days or less before the workshop start date will not be eligible for a refund or credit.
  • A Materials Fee of $85 is included in the total class price. 

  • Instructor will provide all materials and tools required. If student has a favorite pocket knife – please bring.  

  • Students should wear comfortable work clothes. 
  • Bring a bag lunch. We have a refrigerator and a microwave available.
  • Skill Level: Intermediate -- Students need to have twining experience with basketry weaving.
  • Ages 14+ Welcome.

Instructor Bio:  Kathey Ervin lives in Sequim, Washington.  After a career as a maker in clay creating mostly dinnerware, twenty years ago Kathey pivoted and began a new career in basketry.  She has gone through various phases of learning, embracing everything from fairly high volume production work, to pursuing her own award winning artistic aesthetic.  Kathey says:  “Every professor and teacher I have ever worked with has talked about learning and ‘passing it on’.  I am passionate about this point, and love the experience of seeing a student begin to pick up a technique, develop it, and then ‘pass it on.”

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