Click here to view some of the patterns you can get using alcohol inks
Dates: June 2 & 3, 2023
Time: 10:00 to 4:00 pm
Location: Chota Classroom A
Prerequisites: Some hand strength and dexterity is helpful
Contact Information: info@GracehillArt.com
Cost: $163 (supplies included)
Class Size: Min 8 Max 12
Sign-up: Class is full. Contact Kathy for any potential openings.
Deadline: May 19, 2023
Cancellation Policy: Participants may cancel up to 14 days prior to the start of the class for a full refund. There will be no refunds within 14 days of the class unless spot can be filled from wait list. To cancel, fill out the class refund request form
Class Content: You’ll be provided with a prepared gourd that you will decorate with alcohol inks. You’ll then give it several coats of UV varnish and a coat of wax. After an early lunch, you’ll start weaving southern longleaf pine needles onto it using the simple or spiral stitch. You’ll learn how to start a basket, how to wrap a coil to add color, how to add a bead, and how to add thread when you run out. You’ll also learn that you can leave caps on some of the pine needle shafts to add texture to your basket if you desire.
Done ahead of time by the instructor wearing a respirator and tight-fitting goggles, prepared gourds have been cut, the guts cleaned out, sanded, holes drilled with proper spacing, wood petrifier added to the inside, formula 49 applied to the outside, and the interior sprayed black. Pine needles will be preconditioned using a turkey roaster and glycerin.
A material fee of $73.00 is included in the price of the $163 two-day class fee. If you wish to supply ALL your materials contact Kathy 2 weeks ahead of class and she will refund your material list fee.
All alcohol inks, varnish, and wax to decorate the gourd.
8oz southern longleaf pine needles, dyed or natural color, in a glycerin bath, choices on waxed linen, artificial sinew, or jewelry twine, and beads. How many beads depend on what you pick out. Some gemstones are 10 times the price of glass or wooden beads. These are your supplies to make the basket.
She will also provide different-sized sewing needles, clips, and gauges that stay with the instructor. She’ll have a few extra pairs of scissors and pliers she’ll bring with her.
She’ll have an assortment of prepared gourds in different shapes, but mostly round, cut with a wave in the gourd rim rather than straight across. (Adds interest.) Under the pictures above is a link where you will see some of the patterns you can get using alcohol inks. She has over a hundred colors to pick from. The rim you sew on can take many forms. No two baskets are ever similar. You will have plenty of time to finish this basket.
Supply List: Scissors or snips,
a pair of regular and/or needle nose pliers would be helpful,
Biography: I work in several mediums, primarily alcohol inks and pine needle basketry.
Along with selling my artwork on my website, I sell at art shows and am currently building an art gallery, Gracehill Fine Art and Basketry, in Townsend, TN.
2021, Award of Merit, Basketry, Arrowmont’s Sevier County 20th Biennial Art Exhibition
2022, Spring, Juried Inclusion into Arts in the Airport, Basketry, Arts Cultural Alliance
2022, Juried Inclusion International Handweavers Guild of America Convergence Show
2022, Award of Merit, TN Craft, 51st Annual Spring Fair, Emerging Makers Tent
2022 Honorable Mention, Basketry, 50th Anniversary Juried Exhibition TN Artists Assoc
2022, Fall, Juried Inclusion into Arts in the Airport, Arts Cultural Alliance
2023, Scholarship Award, Basketry, Arrowmont’s Sevier County 21st Biennial Art Exhibition
2023, Inclusion Juried National Exhibition, Basketry, Art Cultural Alliance
2023, Juror’s Award, Basketry, No Bigger than a Breadbox, Art Cultural Alliance
2023, Spring, Basketry, Juried Inclusion into Arts in the Airport, Arts Cultural Alliance
Instructor Website: www.GracehillArt.com