Nantucket Basket Bracelet: Narrow Cuff with Caitlin Parsons

Learn to weave the popular basket bracelet in the narrow cuff style.  Caitlin Parsons grew up in the basket making world and brings her own flair to this workshop.  She makes all the parts used for the bracelet including hand carved ivory end caps. The bracelets are woven onto a brass cuff so are adjustable to fit any size wrist.  The students will leave with a finished bracelet and jewelry box.

Interested in scrimshawed endcaps?  This is available by Caitlin for an additional charge.  Choose from letters and other images.  This can be preordered so they are ready for the workshop, or done at a later date.  Email mary@nha.org for more information.

Maximum class size: 10

Growing up on Nantucket year-round, I developed an appreciation for the tradition and history of the island. My father, Tim Parsons, has been making Nantucket Lightship Baskets and teaching classes for over 30 years. From a young age, I saw him perfecting the craft of weaving, woodworking, carving ivory and scrimshaw. His talent always inspired me, but not until moving back to the island in 2013 did I discover the new trend of Nantucket Basket Bracelets. I’ve known how to weave for years so creating bracelets came naturally to me. From there, I learned to hand-carve the ivory end caps and scrimshaw. Once I began experimenting with designs, I was hooked. I love how the bracelets represent the Nantucket Basket tradition using the same materials and techniques while being innovative and modern. I’m very proud to continue the Nantucket Basket-making tradition with my Nantucket Bracelets and hope you love them too!

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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