Tuesday, November 12, 2019

WeaveON 2020 Basketry Retreat

September 18-20,  2020

Sponsored by Southwestern Ontario Basketry Guild

For more information, visit the website Weaveon2020.com.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

October workshop with Nancy Hager

Guild member Nancy Hager designed the tapestry basket woven on a mold. This is a creative project, so every weaver, after completing the base, could use a variety of colours, textures and materials to personalize the basket. Nancy brought in a variety of natural materials (many from Essex County, Ontario) and threads, yarns and waxed linens. Every student took home a unique basket.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

September workshops with Michigan basketmaker Gina Kieft

The Southwestern Ontario Basketry Guild hosted Michigan basketmaker Gina Kieft, from ginasbaskets.com, for two days of weaving. Both days Gina taught three different baskets (from beginner to advanced) to students with different basket skill levels. It was impressive to watch!

On Friday, the workshops were held in the garage of Guild member Nancy--almost weaving outdoors on a very warm (almost) fall day. The beginner level was a large reed basket woven on a slotted base with a sturdy rim and handles. Other students wove black ash to create a flat patterned piece to be framed in Gina's spalted handmade frames. We all completed our basket projects . 

On Saturday, the workshops taught by Gina Kieft were at the Chatham Cultural Centre. Gina taught three different baskets at three different skill levels. All of us gained in our knowledge and skills with this workshop. 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

August workshop with Amy Jorgensen 

Guild member Amy Jorgensen created a sturdy, practical basket with interior dividers. This flat reed basket was fun to learn.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

July workshop with Martha Sands 

Guild member Martha Sands invited the guild to her house and taught us the techniques of the own pattern -- Garden Naturals Basket. Martha collected all the materials from her garden (or close to it); materials included sedges, day lilies, rushes, cattails and barks (elm, birch, willow). The day was a wonderful experience and thanks Martha for your hospitality. 


Saturday, June 15, 2019

June workshop with Amy Jorgensen

Guild member Amy Jorgensen organized a workshop to weave Marilyn Parr's basket kits featuring leather handles and wooden bases. Many beautiful basket were completed.

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.