Totes Times Two

August 12 – August 13, 2023

9 am to 5 pm


Weave one or two different style tote baskets. One has Shaker Tape Handles and the other has handles that will be shaped out of spline or large round reed. Students will learn traditional weaving methods, including over/under, twining, locking rows, and how to apply rims and how to shape a basket. We will also talk about various weaving materials, the general construction of a basket, how to care for baskets and the different finishes that can be utilized to personalize your work.

Round Tote:

  • Students will cut their own spokes.
  • The round tote has a double bottom that is twined together.
  • Will learn to shape and weave the sides.
  • Learn to twine the top, cut and tuck all spokes.
  • Prepare the rims and attach to the basket using binder cane and do a double lash to secure the rims.
  • Will learn to make 2 handles from large round reed or spline.

Shaker Tape Tote:

  • Students will cut their own spokes.
  • This tote has a solid woven bottom so nothing escapes.
  • Learn to shape and weave the sides.
  • Learn to twine the top, cut and tuck spokes.
  • Prepare rims and attach to the basket using binder cane and double lashing to secure the rims to the basket.

Materials Fee:   $20.00 per basket paid directly to the instructor.

Special Tools or Equipment:

All students should bring a water bucket, small straight edge screwdriver, old towel, heavy scissors, sturdy spring type clothespins, pencil.

Workshop Policies

Please be sure to read our policies before you register for a workshop.

Age Requirements

The minimum age to attend a regularly scheduled workshop is 16 years. We have set this age to ensure a safe, productive, and community-building experience for all of our students. There are no exceptions.

Accessibility & Accommodations

If you have questions about accessibility or would like to request reasonable accommodations, please contact Marsha Grizwin at or call our Main Office at 603-435-7314.

Student Cancellations

Cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to the start date of a workshop in order to receive a refund.

Registration and material costs will be refunded, minus a non-refundable $25.00 registration fee.

A full refund will be made for any amount paid for overnight housing

Sanborn Mills Farm Cancellations

Each workshop must have a minimum number of students to be held.  If Sanborn Mills Farm finds it necessary to cancel a workshop, we will notify students one week prior to the scheduled workshop start date.

A full refund will be provided to registered students. Refunds for a workshop purchased as a gift will be made to the purchaser only. Sanborn Mills Farm cannot be held responsible for any refunds for travel expenses or for off-site housing expenses incurred as the result of a cancellation of any kind.

Housing & Meals 

Please refer to our housing page for more information.


Each workshop has its own safety procedures. Your instructor will review the specific safety requirements at the start of your workshop and throughout your class.

Sanborn Mills Farm is a rural setting. If you are allergic to insect bites, please alert your instructor of your allergy and bring an epipen with you. For draft animal workshops or courses requiring time in the woods, be sure to review tick safety procedures from Tick Free NH. We advise students to wear comfortable clothing, comfortable and secure shoes, and consider your personal needs for a day or extended stay.