Rag Baskets demo Saturday at Market

Halcottsville — Katherine Somelofski will demonstrate the art of making rag baskets on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market at the Round Barn in Halcottsville.
Katherine’s “Rag Works” use strips of new and recycled fabric wrapped around ropes to weave objects from Apple baskets to Zephyr lily vases.
“Making baskets is much like forming a pot” says Katherine, who also creates hand-built, one-of-a-kind pottery pieces. “I try not to make the same piece over and over. There’s more than enough of that in department stores. Some pieces may have the same general shape or design, but changes come as I work forming each individual basket. I take advantage of variations which come as the colors and designs in the fabric strips play together and the interest which comes as a result of varying the shape or size of a piece.”
Katherine will demonstrate all the stages of making a basket: beginning a coil, basic weaving, adding shape by increasing/decreasing the diameter of a piece and finishing touches such as her braided handles.
This week’s demonstrations are part of a weekly event from 10 a.m.-noon at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market, sponsored by the Catskill Artisans’ Guild. For a complete event schedule, visit: www.pfmarket.org.
David Smyth also gives pottery-making demonstrations throughout each market day.
The Pakatakan Farmers’ Market is held rain or shine. The market is located at the historic Round Barn on Route 30 near the Delaware County hamlet of Halcottsville. Information: 845 586-3326.