Weave an Apron Basket with Lynn Martin Graton

  • 28 Apr 2024
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Waimea Private Residence, Hawaiʻi Island - Registrants will receive address and information
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Join us for Weave an Apron Basket with Lynn Martin Graton.

This rectangular basket is sometimes referred to as an "Apron Basket" because you can neatly fold and store aprons and other small linens in it.  However, it is also a very versatile shape - perfect for carrying your weaving yarns and tools around and for carrying potluck goodies to a neighbor's house for a party. 

At approximately 18" across x 9" wide x 12" high, the rattan reed basket features a sturdy wooden handle that is incorporated into the weave.  You will have the opportunity to wrap the upper portion of the wooden handle with decorative reed or leave it exposed.

During this class, we will build up the sides of the basket in either a plain weave pattern (over one/under one) with decorative bands of color, or a twill weave pattern (over two/under two) using contrasting colors. The plain weave pattern is good for beginners. Students with some experience may choose  the twill pattern. While no prior experience is required to weave the plain weave pattern, familiarity with creating a 3-dimensional form is helpful for this class.

Lynn will pre-measure spokes to allow everyone to finish their basket in one day. And since the number of spokes needed for each basket style is different, we will ask you to choose the basket you would like to make while registering for the class:

  1. Plain weave pattern basket for any skill level
  2. Twill weave pattern basket for those with experience
The class will run from 9 am to 5 pm with a break for lunch. Please bring your lunch.

There will be an additional $60 supply fee payable to the instructor on the day of class which includes: various sizes of rattan reed needed for spokes, weavers, rim and lashing, and a wooden handle. Various tools specific to reed basketry (clips & awls) will be available for your use.

What to Bring:

  • $60 supply fee
  • Measuring tape
  • Sturdy clippers for cutting reed 
  • Rectangular plastic tub for water approximately 16" x 12" x 7" deep (not a 5 gallon bucket though!)
  • Small spray bottle for water
  • An old towel
  • Your lunch

Hawaiʻi Handweavers' Hui members receive a discounted class fee. If you are interested in becoming a member please click HERE.

This class is open to adults from age 18. We require a minimum of four participants. A full refund will be issued to those registered, if the class is cancelled by Hawaiʻi Handweavers’ Hui. Refunds for class registration cancellation by participant will be issued in full only if the cancellation is made more than 14 days before the class begins.

Instructor Bio

Lynn J Martin Graton lives on Hawaiʻi Island and has a background in a variety of artistic mediums. She is currently working primarily in fiber arts – focusing on loom weaving, surface design, and a range of basketry traditions including traditional coconut frond weaving of the Pacific Islands Lynn has held a number of solo exhibitions and has participated in many group exhibitions. Her artwork can be found in the permanent collections of the East-West Center and the Hawai`i State Foundation on Culture and the arts.  An active photographer, Lynnʻs images have appeared in a number of exhibitions and publications including the covers of two Smithsonian Folklife Festival program books. 

Lynn holds a M. A. Degree in Pacific Island Studies from the University of Hawai`i Manoa (UHM) with a focus on Pacific art history, received under scholarship from the East-West Center.  She holds a B.A. in Art (ceramics and sculpture) and secondary art education certification from the University of Guam.  Her career was spent as a folklorist and arts administrator working for the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (1983-1998), the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts (1998-2014), and the historic Sanborn Mills Farm in central New Hampshire (2014-2019).  As a folklorist she curated exhibitions and concerts to honor tradition bearers, produced a number of audio recordings and publications, and oversaw major folklife festival programs including four in connection with the Smithsonian Institutionʻs Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Her last five years at the NH arts council, was spent serving as Executive Director overseeing strategic planning, public art projects, and grants to major nonprofits. https://www.lynnmartingraton.com/

For more information contact: classes@hawaiihandweavers.org



  • Measuring tape
  • Sturdy clippers for cutting reed 
  • Rectangular plastic tub for water approximately 16" x 12" x 7" deep (not a 5 gallon bucket though!)
  • Small spray bottle for water
  • An old towel

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