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"Pine Needle Basket Making (Intermediate Level)" with Karen McCarthy (May 9, 2024)


(Intermediate Level)

with Karen McCarthy

Thursday (1 to 4m)

May 9, 2024

Art League Academy
(106 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC)

Join local pine needle basket maker Karen McCarthy for this exciting half-day workshop designed for students who have taken a beginner pine needle basket class or who are already familiar with making pine needle baskets.

Students can bring in new or unfinished work and will learn how to start a basket around different bases, how to do a variety of stitches, and how to add beads or other findings. If you'd like to start a basket around your own cabachon or a unique piece of jewelry or something else, the instructor will email instructions after you register for the class. 

In addition to the registration fee, students should bring $20 cash to pay the instructor for materials (prepared pine needles, waxed polyester cord, and a variety of prepared basket centers for you to choose from).

Ticket purchases to Art League of Hilton Head events are final. Credits or Refunds will not be given for missed or classes/workshops.

If a class or workshop is canceled by Art League of Hilton Head a full refund will be given.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details: This workshop is appropriate for students who have completed any beginning class in pine needle basket making. The instructor will provide short demos of a variety of techniques, but the main purpose of this class is one-on-one assistance from the instructor!
Materials Included: Please bring $20 cash to pay the instructor for materials, plus the small list of materials below.
Requirements: PLEASE BRING:

$20 cash to pay the instructor for materials, which will be provided for you.
In addition to the cash, please bring the following:

Any baskets you'd like to work on, or start something new!

A Small pair of sharp scissors

A White towel or pillowcase to cover your work area and wrap unused pine needles

An Apron if desired to catch pine needle remnants and to keep your clothes clean

Please Email:
Instructor: Karen McCarthy
Instructor Bio:

KAREN MCCARTHY is a natural fiber artist from Bluffton, SC, who has found her true passion designing and creating pine needle baskets. She uses traditional Native American coiling and weaving techniques to create one-of-a-kind baskets that are embellished with beads and unique findings. Pine needle basketry resonates with Karen's love of the outdoors and she enjoys spending time gathering and preparing pine needles that are indigenous to South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. She has studied pine needle basketry from some of the most highly acclaimed and talented creators of this art form, including Nadine Spier (San Diego, CA) and Clay Burnette (Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts) and she has been creating baskets for the past 8 years. Her interactions with these artists have challenged her to push the boundaries of this art form. Her work is currently displayed in two local galleries - Beaufort Art Association and Hilton Head Art League.

One of Karen's passions is teaching pine needle basketry. She recently retired from a 30-year career teaching high school and college mathematics, which included being a founding member and teacher at the prestigious Cortines Visual and Performing Arts School in Los Angeles. Her unique teaching style allows her to motivate and inspire students of all levels. Karen finds it very exciting and rewarding to share this art form with her students and to see their enthusiasm as they progress and create beautiful pieces of their own.
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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.