Les Mains Guidées: Basket Weaving

When: 01-Jun-2019 - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Where: Cooking School

Vermilionville is continuing to host monthly workshops that will allow you to learn crafts from our master artisans. On the first Saturday of every month (unless noted otherwise), we will highlight a different craft from the old Acadian, Creole and Native American ways of life. 

During June's workshop, master artisan Em LeMieux, will be teaching the art of basket weaving. This class will include developed weaving skills. Previous basket weaving experience is recommended but not required. This workshop can accommodate 12 participants, and the $40 participation fee (per person) must be paid in advance. We will provide students with all materials, tools needed to complete this class, which they will be able to take home plus their created basket they create. 

For additional information, please contact Brady McKellar, Director of Museum Operations, at 337.233.4077 x.211 or by email at Vville@BayouVermilionDistr ict.org.

To register, click here.



From as early as Em LeMieux can remember, she has had a fascination with history, clothing and fabrics of the past. Her love of time period fashion eventually inspired her to pursue a career as a costume designer and seamstress. It wasn't until she moved to the Lafayette area from California, however, that she started to appreciate traditional crafts as a true art form. Her background includes theater as well as modern visual art, but over the years, she has become more interested in sewing and creating items.  

LeMieux came to Louisiana to fully immerse herself in the culture she missed out on while growing up in California. And, it didn't take her long to dive in. She was profoundly inspired by what she saw and decided she wanted to learn traditional arts and crafts.  LeMieux wondered, "What does it feel like to make something by hand as people did 200 years ago?" She became particularly interested in Acadian textiles, so she began learning from elder masters of the craft.

In addition to spinning and weaving, Le Mieux also creates reproductions of clothing from the 18th and 19th centuries, including some hand-sewn garments. Because of her interest in Acadian and Creole culture, she has learned to play the accordion and is becoming fluent in French. She has even acquired other traditional skills such as palmetto basketry, traditional doll making and open hearth cooking.

LeMieux considers herself a revivalist because she has picked up traditional arts and crafts as an adult after having received formal training in fine arts. But, she intends to pick up where the last few generations left off and pass along what she has learned.