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NHA Decorative Arts Winter Workshops & Gams

The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is offering Decorative Arts Workshops and Drop-In Gams this winter. This basket clinic is designed to accommodate new and experienced weavers in a format that gives you the flexibility needed for our busy schedules.  

Basket Clinic sessions will be held on Tuesdays from 2 pm to 7 pm in the 1800 House until the end of March. Participants can arrive at any time for any part of the session that fits their schedules.  A basket project takes 3-6 sessions, depending on the project.  The number of weekly sessions gives you options in case you cannot attend consecutive weeks.  When you complete your basket  you can continue weaving with a new project, price based on the project you pick.   Once you have completed your basket you can continue weaving a new project of your choice. Prices for projects are based on the basket project.  

Children 10-years-old and older are welcome to join the clinic and weave with a parent or adult present:   this is a great opportunity to learn together.


Registration is open so join the clinic at any time, where you will pick the basket of your choice. Project options include a wine coaster or shallow bowl or a traditional round lightship basket with rim and handle. The wine coaster or shallow bowl is a versatile basket has a cherry base and turned rim.  You will find many uses for this handy beauty. If you select the traditional basket project you will learn how to attach a 2 piece rim and handle.  Choose from a  6″,  7″, or 8″  basket.  Base and rim will be in cherry wood.

Maximum class size is 12. NHA members receive a discount on workshops, along with many other benefits.  If you’re not an NHA member, become a member now so you don’t miss out on anything. A limited number of scholarships for tuition are available for those eligible.  Email mary@nha.org for more information.

Also this winter, the NHA is also offering free drop-in gams with no instruction. Have an unfinished chair, basket, beading, or stitching project?  Bring any project you’ a’re working on to this open session and work in the company of other creative people.  This is the perfect place to move your project along and share knowledge and learn from others.  This weekly session is open to all levels, and basic tools are available for your use.

Want to start a Nantucket Basket, Sailors Valentine Ornament, Ceramic Transferware project?  Come to the Open Studio Drop-in days, where kits are available—priced according to project.

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