Charlie Kennard – April 2018

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Charlie KennardCharlie Kennard of San Anselmo is a long-time basket weaver and student of California Indian and European techniques. He has taught for MAPOM, Point Reyes Field Institute, East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden, and in many schools and at teacher trainings. Tule boats made in his workshops can be seen at the California Academy of Sciences, the Bay Model in Sausalito, and in the collection of the Oakland Museum. You can also visit a basketry plant garden Charlie has created at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross, where he and friends have recently woven a basket 13 feet across. Charlie is active in native habitat restoration in Marin, managing several projects for Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed.

Traditional Basketry Techniques
April 4, 2018 at 11am
Luther Burbank Art & Garden Center, 2050 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa
Non-guild members are welcome

Charlie will show us a wide variety of baskets he has made with locally gathered plants using the techniques of twining, coiling, wicker, twill-work and others. He will discuss the challenges of creating patterns while increasing stitch and warp counts, and the gathering and preparation of weaving materials.

Sweetgrass baskets by Charlie KennardWorkshop: 
Twined “Sweetgrass” Baskets
April 5, 2018 from 9:30am to 4pm
Cotati Community Center, 201 West Sierra Avenue, Cotati, (in the Willow Room)

We will begin small twined baskets made with a diminutive relative of tule known as “sweetgrass” among native weavers in the Pacific northwest. As well as being fragrant, it is strong and soft, and lends itself to a variety of weaving strokes and color treatments.

Number of students: minimum 10; maximum: 15.

Participants should bring: scissors, a water bowl about 9” across, and lunch. Also bring small diagonal clippers and an awl if you have them.

Workshop fee for guild members: $58.00
Workshop fee for non-guild members: $68.00

For more information: contact Ellen LaBruce at or 707-938-1993.

Workshop Registration, Payment, Refund and Cancellation Policy

  1. Registrations for workshops will be accepted in the order received.
  2. Full payment for the workshop must be received within 3 days of registration in order to hold a participant’s place.
  3. Refunds will only be made for cancellations if the remaining registration meets the minimum participant requirement for the workshop. (The minimum participation requirement is the number of participants it takes to totally pay for the workshop.)
  4. Refunds will not be made for workshop costs already incurred at the time of cancellation (such as material fees).
  5. If the workshop is cancelled, participants will receive a full refund except for cost already incurred (see #4)
  6. All registration must be made and paid in full at least 5 weeks before the date of the workshop.
  7. If the minimum number of participants have not registered and paid for 5 weeks before the date of the workshop, the workshop shall be cancelled.


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