Jeanette is teaching a class on the Lido deck next
to the pool. She is instructing Jewel from Florida and Mary Ruth from Virginia.
She likes classes of three or four and has instructed up to 15 at a time.
We had a glorious morning learning this craft. The process is simple to learn, but slow to perfect and the materials
are hard to acquire. Her sea grass comes from the Bering Strait - not the sea grass that grows on the land - only the
sea grass that grows in the sand is fine enough. The grass is only harvested in October - that sounds like
a cold time of the year in that part of the world.
This is a sampling of Jeanette's baskets. Traditionally, they
were woven to contain needles and thread which were very precious in Alaska as the husbands would carve sewing needles from
The texture of these sea grass baskets is satiny and very soothing to the touch. Her
weaving is very tight and the lids are snug and secure.