Polk Extension program looks at basketmaking

Posted 8/7/18

Making baskets from “scratch” is a skill that can be acquired to supplement your income or just be a relaxing, enjoyable hobby. Basket making is one of the oldest and most practiced crafts, and …

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Polk Extension program looks at basketmaking

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Making baskets from “scratch” is a skill that can be acquired to supplement your income or just be a relaxing, enjoyable hobby.

Basket making is one of the oldest and most practiced crafts, and it's enjoying a renewal in interest. Historically, baskets served utilitarian purposes such as containers for eggs, produce, crops, and other storage uses.

Today, baskets are enjoyed for those same purposes as well as their artistic beauty. Additionally, they come in a variety of sizes and styles made from a wide range of materials. At this workshop, the participants created the popular Flared Bun Basket.

Donna Calhoun, UT Extension agent-Polk County, taught the workshop. “This is such an enjoyable workshop. It’s a very social activity, and everyone is so proud of their baskets,” she commented.

Completing this summer’s session are Carole Hicks, Kay Green, Grace Johnson, Mary Ellen Noyes, Peggy Peters, Teri Long and Angela Lewis.

For information about this program or any UT/TSU program in Polk County, please contact the UT/TSU Extension office at 423-338-4503 or visit the website at http://extension.tennessee.edu/polk.


PIX CAPTION:

Kay Green helps Peggy Peters and Mary Ellen Noyes with the over-and-under weave.


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