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Library offers class in reed weaving

Instructor Crystal Kitchens will return to Madison Public Library on Oct. 26 for her “Weave a Tote Basket” class.

Participants will weave a tall tote basket/purse, measuring 4.5 by 9 inches.

The session lasts from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to anyone 14 years and older. Cost is $10.

“Crystal’s weaving classes are indicative of the experiences people flock to find at the library today,” branch manager Sarah Sledge said. “We are so much more than just books.”

Participants will weave a tall tote basket/purse that measures 4.5 inches by 9 inches. In the process, they will learn how to handle reed, fill in the bottom and shape a basket. “Dyed reed will be available for decorating your basket,” Kitchen said.

The basket’s strap is made of string so the tote can have a short or longer strap.

“Basket making is wet work, so wear old clothes and bring a towel,” adult service librarian Rachel Hooper said. “The leader will bring all the tools and other supplies you’ll need to use during the workshop. Bring a sack lunch. No experience is required.”

Kitchens teaches one weaving class each month at Madison Public Library, but each class involves a different project. “Some of the skills used in one class can be used in others, but prior classes are not required,” Hooper said. “It’s a standalone class.”

“Each class that Crystal Kitchens has taught has been full, with more people waiting in line for the next class,” Hooper said. “This is a craft that’s not very common any more. People enjoy learning about how things were once made.”

“After participants have learned skills from this class or Crystal’s other classes, they should be equipped to make these baskets from home,” Hooper said.

While in the library, residents can check out one of the library’s book on basket weaving.

Registration is required. Patrons can sign up at hmcpl.org. For more information, call 256-461-0046 or send email to rhooper@hmcpl.org.

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