Sculptural Sweetgrass Basket with Polly Sutton

Fiber Arts

Sculptural Sweetgrass Basket with Polly Sutton

Weave a unique sculptural basket using native materials.

Meeting Times
  1. Fri, 1/12/2024 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  2. Sat, 1/13/2024 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Fri, 1/12/2024 - Sat, 1/13/2024


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All Levels, Class

Fiber Arts Studio



Learn sculptural basket weaving design techniques using plant materials native to the Pacific Northwest under the guidance of internationally acclaimed basket weaver Polly Sutton. 

The pliability of Northwest sweetgrass combined with the flexibility of Western Redcedar bark offers opportunities to shape a unique sculptural basket. You'll be using twining as the overall technique, experiment with strategies to control the shape, and use wire to weave the border.


A materials fee of $90, included in the cost of the class, will cover everything you need. 

Class Policies

Ages 14 and up are welcome. 

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Polly Sutton

This Seattle artist's educational background is in fine art with an emphasis on painting and printmaking. Once she settled in the Pacific Northwest 40 years ago, she was introduced to basketry through the Seattle Weaver’s Guild and basketry has been her art practice ever since. She harvests cedar bark each spring in logging areas throughout Washington. Her sculptural work is primarily twined, although she experiments with wire as a woven element in her asymmetrical shapes. Polly’s work has won numerous awards and is exhibited in galleries nationwide. She was awarded an artist project grant in 2012 through the City of Seattle, to experiment with invasive vines in her work. She also received an Artist Trusts GAP Grant, which she used in conjunction with a Seattle Weavers Guild Grant for investigating the basketry of Sardinia. Her piece is also on the cover of the book “500 Baskets.”

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