Forager's Basket

Fiber Arts

Forager's Basket

Weave this utilitarian reed basket while learning fundamental basket-weaving skills.

Meeting Times
  1. Thur, 4/18/2024 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  2. Fri, 4/19/2024 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Thur, 4/18/2024 - Fri, 4/19/2024


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Class, No Prerequisite

Fiber Arts Studio



From garden to market, from alpine lakes to oceans, this basket will become a highly valued and trusted companion on all your gathering adventures. Woven from flat and half-round reed, this basket has a rounded "belly" that allows it to securely hold your harvest while the back of the basket remains flat to rest comfortably against your side. A sturdy, lashed rim and riveted strap complete the basket. It can hold the bounty of the forest as well as the beach when filled with freshly dug razor clams or seaweed. You'll find the perfect use for yours!


Bring a sack lunch both days. A refrigerator and microwave are available downstairs.


Finished baskets measure approximately 12 x 9 x 11 inches.


A $55 materials fee, included in the cost of the class, covers all the tools and materials you'll need.

Class Policies

Ages 14 and up are welcome.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Karen Magnuson

Karen began her basket-weaving journey creating containers useful for wilderness survival. Over the last 35 years, her understanding of natural materials along with a refinement of weaving techniques has allowed a greater understanding of the enormous skill possessed by early basket makers. She carries a passion for exploring historic basketry techniques and styles and brings this to her work, in part, by harvesting and preparing her own materials.
Karen teaches ethnobotany programs with the Washington Department of Ecology. She leads online and in-person classes sharing more than 40 years' experience teaching the identification and traditions surrounding wild edible and medicinal plants. Karen leads basketry classes throughout the county and as well as other earth-centered programs through Earthwalk Northwest, a wilderness school she co-founded and directs.

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