Twine Bag Workshop

Award winning basket weaver and teacher, Mary Smith of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma will present the Weaving a Twine Bag Workshop in the Museum of the Red River, 812 E. Lincoln Road, Idabel, Oklahoma. The workshop will be held on Feb. 21st from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Pot-Luck lunch at noon, so bring something yummy to share!

The technique of twining has been used for over 6000 years. Impressions have been found in salt pans and pottery. Twining is a durable weave used for matting, mantles, bags and skirts. These tightly woven bags were also used as storage and carrying bags. Bags were made of hemp, dogbane, basswood, and nettle fiber. On earlier bags, rows of zoomorphic designs were not unusual. Thunderbirds, spirits in panther form, as well as humans, were interspersed with bands of geometrical motifs.

The weaving of storage and carrying bags employed the twining technique. A bag was started with a warp suspended over a string between two thick, springy sticks set vertically in the ground. The weft was a pair of cords which twined around each warp, and twining proceeded downward until the bag was finished.

The cost of the workshop is $45 and that includes all materials for the project.

Event Details

When February 21, 2015 9:00 am — February 21, 2015 4:00 pm
Location: Museum of Red River