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, 1100 Main Street, Rotterdam Junction, NY 12150. Pre-registration is always required. For more information please call 518-887-5073 or email

Upcoming 2017 Workshops

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Two Berry Baskets
Date/Time: February 25 (8:30 am – 5:30 pm)
Workshop Fee: $85.00
Materials Fee: $25.00 (paid day of to instructor)
Instructor: Beverly Cornelius
This is the perfect class for beginners and veteran weavers alike.  This is an introduction to continuous weaving using a Native American technique that creates a raised pattern on the finished basket.

Students will make two baskets.  The first will give students a chance to master the technique on a small, simple square to round basket. The second basket will build on the same technique adding dyed spokes and a colorful fabric handle.These baskets are perfect for Easter but are also perfect for filling with a little something for giving as a hostess gift. 1st basket – 4-5″ tall and wide, 2nd basket – 5-7″ tall & wide, not including the handle. 

Saratoga Tote Basket
Date/Time: March 11 (8:30 am – 5:30 pm)
Workshop Fee: $85.00
Materials Fee: $66.00 (paid day of to instructor)
Instructor: Beverly Cornelius

The Saratoga Tote will take your look to a higher level.  This basket is woven with a solid bottom and simple row on row weaving. Students will learn to rivet leather to create a beautiful harness (including bridle hardware) for the strap.The rim on this basket is also made with bridle leather and lashed with waxed linen. The finished size of this basket is approximately 13″ long X 12″ tall and 4-5″ wide at the base.


Williamsburg Basket
Date/Time: March 25 (8:30 am – 5:30 pm)
Workshop Fee: $85.00
Materials Fee: $35.00 (paid day of to instructor)
Instructor: Beverly Cornelius
This is a traditional round market basket with a fixed hardwood handle. The weave of this basket is a simple over/under technique. The challenge in weaving this basket is in the shaping of it. Whether you leave it natural or stain your basket, you will find this endlessly useful -large enough to hold apples! Finished size 7 1/2″ X 12″ X 10″
*Supplies needed for all basketweaving workshops: a bath towel, a wash cloth, a sheetrock knife, a tape measure, a basin for water, bag lunch.