Saturday, May 18, 2019

May workshop with Joyce Tomlinson

Joyce Tomlinson taught the Southwestern Ontario Basketry Guild the techniques to weave around a mold. The glass vase is woven with reed, cane and waxed cotton cord. The tapestry pattern is created using colour and cord texture. The matchstick rim finishes the vase beautifully.








Saturday, April 20, 2019


April workshop with Amy Jorgensen

Guild member Amy Jorgensen taught students how to make this special Easter bunny basket. Easy-to-make and a fun project for our workshop. Many grandchildern received homemade baskets filled with candy this year!






Saturday, February 16, 2019

February workshop with Sandy Pacitto

Guild member Sandy Pacitto taught students how to make chaine maille. A double spiral! The bracelets and earrings were easy to finish and we all went home with some new jewellery.




New member Tiffanie finished the beautiful Dolores basket.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

January workshop with Amy Jorgensen

Guild member Amy Jorgensen and her students braved the snow storm to attend the January basketry workshop. The twill-patterned trivet was a fun and quick project!




Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019 program

The Southwestern Ontario Basketry Guild is proud to present the basketry workshops for 2019. The year promises to be filled with new processes and techniques.


January 19, 2019
Amy Jorgensen -  Woven trivet - all skill levels



February 16, 2019
Sandy Pacitto -  Chaine Maille bracelet - all skill levels



March 16, 2019
No workshop this month.

April 20, 2019
Amy Jorgensen -  Bunny Basket - all skill levels
Guild member Amy Jorgensen will teach a super easy bunny basket just in time for spring! Learn to use flat reed to weave a small basket and decorate with bunny ears and tail. We will also host a potluck lunch during the noon meeting.




May 18, 2019
Joyce Graves Tomlinson-  Waxed linen and cane vase - all skill levels
Joyce Graves Tomlinson will teach this beautiful wax cotton cord and cane vase (from her own pattern).






June 15, 2019
Amy Jorgensen -  Marilyn Parr ki- all skill levels


July 20, 2019
Martha Sands -  basket - all skill levels

Guild member Martha Sands will teach students to weave a small basket using locally-collected materials, such as sedges, willows, sweetgrass and a variety of woods and barks. Be creative!

***Please note: This Guild workshop will be held in Wallaceburg. Contact us for more info.***



August 17, 2019
Amy Jorgensen - Tool basket (basket with divider interior) - all skill levels

Guild member Amy Jorgensen will teach students how to weave a handy tool basket with a sturdy wooden interior divider. Learn to weave the flat reed sides, a twill band of colour and the basket rim lashing.



Friday, September 20, 2019 and Saturday, September 21, 2019
Gina Kleft - TBD - TBD
Gina Kleft, from ginasbaskets.com, will teach the Guild this month. Stay tuned for more information.

***Please note: The Friday workshop will be held in Windsor. Contact us for more info.***




October 12, 2019
***Please note: This Guild workshop is the second Saturday in October!***

Nancy Hager - Tapestry basket woven on a mold with naturals and linen threads - all skill levels
Nancy Hager will teach students how to weave using a mold. Once the base is complete, there are no rules–weavers are encouraged to be creative! Students are free to use a variety of materials (naturals and threads), colours and ornament. Students are encouraged to bring in beads, pendants, etc. to personalize their basket.



November 16, 2019
Debbie Bigham - Cane stool - all skill levels


Saturday, November 17, 2018

November workshop with Lene Rasmussen

Willow basketmaker Lene Rasmussen, from Lakeshore Willows, taught the Guild the Burkina weave. All students wove a small, sturdy willow basket to take home, some made two!







Saturday, October 20, 2018

October workshop: Dolores von Rosen Remembrance weave

Old and new members came together for the October workshop to weave the lovely Mountain Range basket designed by the guild member Dolores von Rosen. Sadly, we lost one of our founding members earlier this year. A day filled with laughter and tears.

The solid wooden base with a handle makes a sturdy basket with flat reed walls. We learned to chase weave and how to create an undulating rim. The rolled rim finishes this beautiful basket.









Saturday, September 15, 2018

September workshop with Stephen Jerome

Black ash basketmaker Stephen Jerome travelled from Quebec to spend two days with the guild teaching black ash basketry techniques.

Rib basket







Fancy ash basket with lid






Saturday, June 16, 2018

 June workshop with Martina Obersat

Guild member Martina Obersat went back to the basics with this market basket workshop. Beginner and experienced basketmakers took home a--mostly completed--useable and sturdy basket!