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Olive's Workshops

Friendship Basket

Regular price $115.00
Regular price Sale price $115.00

Instructor: JoAnn Kelly Catsos 

Saturday, March 4

9:00 a.m. –  5:00 p.m. 

Adult 18+ 

All levels are welcome. No experience required. Some hand strength needed.

Weave your own beautiful Friendship Basket over a wooden mold using prepared black ash splint. This low cathead features an eye-catching brown stripe woven from the inner bark of the American Elm tree.  This basket is finished by lashing a preformed maple rim with black ash splint. JoAnn designed this basket as a thank-you gift for her friends who allowed the harvesting of trees on their property. JoAnn’s husband Steve harvests the black ash trees near their home in MA and processes the logs into splint for making baskets. All materials are hand-prepared prior to the workshop to allow ample time to weave and create. Discussions will include an overview of harvesting and preparing black ash trees.  

There will be a 30-minute lunch break. Bring a sack lunch or explore local restaurants. 

All materials are included in the Materials Kit Fee of $70 PAYABLE TO THE INSTRUCTOR at the time of the workshop.  

*Payment by cash or check is required for materials fees.  

Students will need to bring: 

  • Towel 
  • Apron (optional) 
  • Note-taking materials (optional) 


About JoAnn Kelly Catsos: 

JoAnn Kelly Catsos, influenced by Shaker and New England splint basketry, designs, and weaves black ash baskets on hand-crafted molds. One of her sewing baskets is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum as part of the Cole/Ware collection. In 1999, she was honored to have an ornament on the official White House Christmas Tree. JoAnn has been teaching at craft schools and conferences for thirty-five years. She has earned the Certificate of Excellence in Basketmaking: Level I from Handweavers Guild of America.