Basket Weaving

One-day basketry workshop with Wendy Jensen

Instructor: Wendy Jensen

Dates offered 2024: Jun 8

Vävstuga is excited to offer a one-day basket weaving workshop with Wendy Jensen, award-winning basket maker. You’ll learn the techniques to make Wendy’s “Shoulder Pack Basket” in our wonderful Barn Studio.

Shoulder Pack Basket

shoulder pack basket


Level: open
Some basket making experience is helpful.

Weave a useful over-the-shoulder or cross-body carrying and foraging basket using rattan. This basket’s shape was designed to mimic the much larger Adirondack style packbaskets, but in a smaller size with a single long leather strap to wear over the shoulder. This basket is a great exercise in shaping with lots of attention paid to our weaving tension. Students will start by learning to weave a filled base and then work to shape their basket to create the desired result. The basket will be finished with a long leather strap, rims and lashing.

Basket dimensions: 11″ high at the back × 6″ across at the top

Supply list


  • All equipment, supplies, and pattern will be supplied.


  • Notebook and pencil if you wish to take notes.
Wendy Jensen

Wendy Jensen is an award-winning professional basket maker living in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. She exhibits her work at juried craft shows and galleries nationally, and has taught basket making at many conferences, craft schools, museums and private facilities as well as her own studio for over 25 years. Her work was selected for publication in Lark Books’ 500 Baskets. Although a majority of her work is made with rattan/reed, she has also been cultivating and weaving with basket willow for over 20 years.

For an inspirational photo gallery, check out Wendy’s website:

Prerequisites: none

Max enrollment: 10

Location: Barn Studio

Course fee: $125 (includes all instruction and studio time, course handouts, lunch)

Materials fee: $55

Days offered: One-day session, Sat

Schedule: Orientation 8:45am. Instruction time 9:00–12:30 and 1:30–5:00.

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