13120011_10153686036793348_6898487915151123623_oDiscover the crafts and culture of Upstate New York through hands-on workshops. Master a historic trade, make new friends, and take home your own handmade craft.

All workshops take place at Mabee Farm Historic Site. Pre-registration is always required. For more information please call 518-887-5073 or email

Upcoming 2017 Workshops

Beaded Wall Basket
Saturday, October 28 • 8:30AM to 5:30PM @ Mabee Farm Historic Site
$85 + $35 materials fee

This basket has great appeal! From the contrast of the flat reed to the rough sea grass, and the sloping front with large handmade beads, there’s so much going on!  Hang this beauty on your front porch for mail, in your bathroom for hand towels….well, you get the idea! Finished size is 3″ x 10″ x 12″ tall.



Heart Basket
Saturday, November 4 • 8:30AM to 5:30PM @ Mabee Farm Historic Site
$85 + $25 materials fee

A sweet, cleverly woven basket that can be finished with a wrapped reed handle or a pop of color with a length of sturdy Shaker Tape. Students will be able to play with color and pattern to personalize their own basket. Here just in time to decorate your door for the holidays!



Double Shuttle Basket
Saturdays, November 11 and 18 • 8:30AM to 5:30PM @ Mabee Farm Historic Site
$170 + $45 materials fee

This interesting multi-level basket traces its roots to early America. Originally designed for holding shuttles for the loom weaving trade, some were woven with additional “pockets” attached to the main baskets. Students will have an opportunity to add dyed reed for patterning or finish simply with wood stain. Note that this is a two-day workshop. Finished size: 11″ x 4.5″ x 19.5″ plus handle.


*For all basketweaving workshops, please be sure to bring the following with you: a bath towel, a wash cloth, a sheetrock knife, a tape measure, a basin for water, and a bag lunch.

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