Saturday, May 12, 2018

May workshop with Joan Carrigan

British Columbian basketmaker Joan Carrigan taught us to weave a cell phone pouch using the beautiful natural materials of the Pacific Northwest. Joan lead the workshop in a discussion of gathering and preparation of the materials we would use: red and yellow cedar, willow bark, sedge and beargrass. She encouraged us to create a unique pouch incorporating a variety of the barks and grasses using a variety of techniques, including twining and plaiting.










Saturday, April 21, 2018


April workshop with Linda Scherz

American basketmaker, Linda Scherz, taught the Guild about the beauty and flexibility of waxed linen as a weaving material. She showed us the basics of making a small, footed vessel. We started the morning weaving the round base and creating the foot with beads. In the afternoon, we created the wall design. Linda is a great teacher and taught, even the most experienced basketmakers, new skills. 










Saturday, February 17, 2018

February workshop with Mavis Kiyoshk

Four-generation First Nation basketmaker Mavis Kiyoshk helped us create a small lidded sweetgrass basket. First we beaded the lid centres and then started coiling the base. Mavis, and assistant Martha Sands, provided locally-grown sweetgrass and a variety of threads and beads so we could create our own individualized baskets. Thanks to T K Fibres for welcoming us to her studio space early Saturday morning.












Saturday, January 20, 2018


January workshop with Amy Jorgensen

Guild member Amy Jorgensen taught us the lovely Hugs & Kisses basket--perfect gift for Valentine's Day! We had a choice of weaving a heart-shaped basket or a more traditional round one. The reed basket was ornamented with X patterns and incorporated an oak handle that we wrapped with natural and dyed caning creating heart shapes. The Guild's Saturday workshop was well-taught and fun.







Monday, January 1, 2018


2018 program

The Southwestern Ontario Basketry Guild is proud to present the basketry workshops for 2018. The year promises to be filled with new and challenging baskets and techniques.

January 20, 2018
Amy Jorgensen -  Hugs and Kisses basket - all skill levels
Perfect for Valentine's Day! Guild member wAmy Jorgensen will teach this heart-shaped basket. Learn to create this special shape using flat and round reed, learn to embellish the basket and learn to cover and ornament the inserted handle.
***Workshop start time changed to 8:30 am.***

Learn to create this special heart-shaped basket.
Lovely ornament decorate the basket's handle.
February 17, 2018
Mavis Kiyoshk - Sweetgrass Coil Basket - all skill levels
Basketmakers will create a small lidded basket sewn in coils. The lid will have a beaded felt centre and the bowl a felt centre. The sweetgrass basket will be created using a traditional First Nation method taught by a fourth generation First Nation basketmaker.

Learn to create a lidded sweetgrass basket.



March 17, 2018
Workshop cancelled


April 21, 2018
Linda Sherz - Inspiration waxed linen basket - all skill levels
Inspiration was designed for students wanting to weave with waxed linen. This is a great basket to learn twining with waxed linen, a beaded foot and braided rim. Techniques include twining, completing a row, setting up for next row, color change and how to make the pattern spiral, and a double braided rim. Linda will demonstrate and teach you all the techniques to make your basket.
Size: 1" height x 2 3/4" diameter x 2" diameter foot. Choice of color: natural or denim.



May 12, 2018
Joan Carrigan - Cedar bark woven cell phone or pouch - all skill levels
Join Joan Carrigan and weave a beautiful individualized pouch or cell phone holder with plant materials from the Pacific Northwest. This workshop will begin with a discussion on how to plan the project to fit a specific cell phone or desired pouch along the same scale. The pouch will be woven and designed using a variety of plaiting, twining and twill pattern variations. Material supplied will include western red cedar bark, willow bark and sedge and waxed linen.




***Please note change: This workshop has been changed to the second Saturday of the month to avoid Victoria Day holiday conflicts.***



November 17, 2018
Lene Rasmussen - Burkina weave workshop - all skill levels
Guild member Lene Rasmussen from Lakeshore Willows will teach the burkina weave. This technique is used around the globe to weave many different flexible natural materials, including grasses. You will make some small willow containers, suitable for keeping garlic or dried hot peppers, in this one-day workshop.




Saturday, November 18, 2017

November workshop with Karen Kotecki

Guild member Karen Kotecki taught students how to make a six-sided basket! This lovely hanging basket is woven on a mold (which we learned how to make) and we all made multiple hexahedrons. Karen provided a variety of coloured reed, wooden beads and waxed linen, so we could customize our ornaments. Guild member shared a learning weaving experience and a special potluck lunch. Thanks to everyone who came to the workshop on Saturday.







Saturday, September 16, 2017

September workshop with Nancy Hager

Guild member Nancy Hager taught a beautiful six-pointed star basket using dyed reed donated by the Elizabeth Evans family. The base of the basket, with a hexagonal pattern, was a learning experience for many students but we all went home with a unique basket.







Saturday, July 15, 2017

July workshop with Martina Obersat

Guild member Martina Obersat taught an introductory random weave basket. After the ribbed melon basket structure was completed, the bowl of the basket was woven randomly--with a variety of reed widths, sizes and colours available. Every basket was different and many students enjoyed working randomly, without a pattern.
Thank you so much to the family of Elizabeth Evans for donating their mother's reed to the Guild--we used her beautifully dyed reeds for these baskets and will use more in the upcoming six-point star basket taught by Nancy Hager in September .



Beautifully dyed reed by Elizabeth Evans.