2013-11-14 / Lifestyles

Arts center to offer basket weaving class


Above, an example of one of the baskets to be made in the upcoming LECAC class is shown. 
Submitted photo Above, an example of one of the baskets to be made in the upcoming LECAC class is shown. Submitted photo MANISTIQUE – Susan Vaniman will be teaching a unique basket-weaving class on Dec. 7. Lake Effect Arts Center is offering the class from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Ed Havitz Room in Habitat for Humanity’s building.

Vaniman is an experienced basket maker and teacher for more than 20 years and has taught two previous classes in Manistique. The class will cost $30 for LECAC members and $35 for nonmembers.

Unlike the baskets made in her previous two classes, the baskets produced in this class will not have permanent, stationary handles but will have hand openings just under the top rim, making it easier to place large items into the basket.

As the holidays approach, baskets may be used to display ornaments, pine boughs, cards, or other holiday goodies. Filled with small gifts, apples, or collections of fire starters (like fat wood and pinecones), they also make gifts.

Finished baskets will have an 11-inch by 10.5-inch base and stand 7 inches high. All supplies are provided, including pre-cut reed basket lengths and dyed reeds for decoration. Once completed, baskets will be sprayed with a clear finish or light stain to help preserve and age the look of the baskets.

Participants need only bring an apron or older clothing which might become stained, and a lunch.

Information about LECAC membership and future classes, as well as the registration form for this class are available online at lakeeffectarts.org/classes/default. html.

Contact Mindy Asp (906) 450- 5777 or Stephanie Reese (906) 283-1001 if you have further questions.

The final day to register is Nov. 23.

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