Wire Basket Weaving (five-session workshop)

This class will cover several different wire basketry techniques that can be used for everything from functional baskets to bizarre sculpture. Students will learn how to adapt the techniques they learn to suit the forms they want to make and how to incorporate other materials into their wire work. We will also cover flat weaving and basic principles of composition as they apply to both 2D and 3D objects. Each class will include both demos and time for individual work.

Some of the wire we’ll be working with can stain your clothes so we recommend wearing dark colors and/or clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Working with wire can unfortunately sometimes be difficult for people with arthritis or other issues with hand pain or dexterity.

What you will learn:

  • Three-part wire weaving for simple and complex 3D forms

  • Two-part weaving with single and double walls

  • Adapting different weaves to work flat

  • Incorporating other materials, composition with multi-media

Start the term with these supplies:

  • Needle-nosed pliers

  • Wire cutters (if your pliers have them at the base you can use that)

  • X-acto knife or box cutter and a cutting mat (unless Fleisher has these—we’ll only need them once for about 30 minutes)

  • One 3.5 lb roll of rebar tie wire

  • Three 30-yard spools of 26-gauge copper wire in your favorite colors

Midway through the term, you will need:

  • Depending on the size of your work you may need more 26 gauge copper wire and more rebar tie wire. If you work small you won’t.

  • For the last class you’ll need any interesting yarn/fabric scraps/beads/paper you want to incorporate into your wire work.