Basketry: Cedar in Blue with Polly Sutton

Fiber Arts

Basketry: Cedar in Blue with Polly Sutton

Learn to weave a double-wall basket with wire and natural materials.


$296.00 (any noted materials fee included)


$358.00 (any noted materials fee included)

Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Fri, 8/2/2024 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  2. Sat, 8/3/2024 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Fri, 8/2/2024 - Sat, 8/3/2024

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Class, No Prerequisite, Intensive Workshop

Fiber Arts Studio



Using wire and blue-dyed cane over cedar bark spokes, you'll twine this basket with an "x technique." A second x technique will be used to create the color accent. Learn the traditional technique of weaving an "x" shape into the basket pattern through cross-stitch lashing, or x-lashing, to make a crisscross or "x" in the lashing reed.

The finish is an easy, asymmetrical border of tortoise shell cane.


  • You'll make a basket about 5 inches high, 4 inches wide and 3 inches deep.
  • Bring a sack lunch both days. A microwave and refrigerator are available on the lower level.


A $90 materials fee, included in the cost of the class, covers all the materials you'll need.

Class Policies

Ages 14 and up are welcome.

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

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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