Summer weaving workshops start June 21

Back by popular demand, the Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives celebrates the traditions of the Coast Salish people with a summer workshop series facilitated by Jessica Casey.

Casey is a self-taught weaver of Coast Salish and Portuguese descent. She was born and raised in Egmont, and currently lives in Sechelt.

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Combining traditional Coast Salish construction and design with her own artistic vision, she creates beautiful baskets, hats,blankets, shawls and mats. Her creations can be found in numerous private collections worldwide and are now available in notable art galleries in the Lower Mainland.

The series kicks off with a wool-weaving workshop from Friday, June 21, to Sunday, June 23, where participants will weave a wool shawl or tunic.

On Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., participants will prepare the looms followed by full days of weaving on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration is $300 with all materials included and all skill levels welcome.

The second workshop will feature twill weaving from Saturday, July 13, to Sunday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will learn the diamond pattern and weave a small bag using only twine weave (all finger work). Registration for the workshop is $200 with all materials included; intermediate skill level is recommended.

The final workshop in the series is basket weaving, which will take place on Saturday, Aug. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Just in time for blackberry season, participants will weave a cedar berry basket with a strap. Registration is $85 with all materials included and all skill levels welcome.

For more information and to pre-register, call 604-886-8232 or see www.sunshinecoastmuseum.ca.

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