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 -  Tool basket - all skill levels

July 20, 2019
No workshop this month.

August 17, 2019
Amy Jorgensen - Marilyn Parr kit - all skill levels

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



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!




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.