Harvesting & Preparing Willow, Cattail, Grasses, Vine Maple & Stinging Nettles for Ropes, Sitting Mats, Baskets & More
Gain hands on experience with some of the most important plant fibers in the Pacific Northwest:
• Harvest Willow - you’ll learn the best season to collect parts for different purposes (including a variety of interesting and helpful uses), then process bark into rope, and harvest materials to begin weaving a basket!
• Collect Cattail - you’ll learn the gifts of the cattail as we gather leaves from our #1 survival food plant and dry them to craft useful items such as rope, a pot holder or even a window shade!
• Harvest Stinging Nettle - we’ll carefully collect nettle stalks, our strongest natural plant fiber in this region, to make rope for all sorts of projects. And, we’ll enjoy some healthy nettle tea while we spin.
Other lessons we'll include today include making "aspirin tea" from willow, winter tonic tea from nettles, plus cold rose and pine infusions to gain vitamin C in case of colds/flu. If time allows we’ll harvest and enjoy some other important plants that are in season such as rose and hazelnut.
Note: On Nov 16th, we’ll continue the baskets we started last month. Or, if you’ve finished your introductory basket, we’ll make another from the materials we harvested and prepared. We’ll make/finish our sitting or sleeping mats, pot holders, shades and as many projects as we can in one day!
• $65 general.
• $60 for a second friend/family member.
• $55 for a third friend/family member.
• $50 per additional friend/family member.
• $45 if you have attended this workshop with us in the past, or covered this subject at one of our camps/expeditions, and wish to work on these skills with us again today.
Call with a Credit Card, Send A Check, or use PayPal to register for this workshop. Join us today and at any of our Weekend Workshops to celebrate some of the Top 10 Most Important Plants of the Pacific Northwest.
Join us for a great day together, and please contact us for carpooling information! To prepare, check out our blogs on Stinging Nettles and Cattails! Please prepare as you normally would for a hike, including lunch, water bottle, 10 essentials, etc. However, please be aware that sparks from the campfire can melt your synthetic clothing, so wool might be a good option. And although we have extra of the following items, do try to bring rubber boots and dish gloves for cattail harvesting, leather gloves and scissors for nettle harvesting, and clippers for willow harvesting.