Sunday, November 25, 2012

November 2012 Workshop

This month’s workshop was the last of a wonderfully productive 2012 season.  Wanda Haydt prepared all the kits and taught the class. We did a beautiful, large tote basket that was quick and easy as well as attractive.  Most of us finished our project before leaving which is always rewarding. We had two new basket makers, and they did a really good job on their first basket. Hopefully they enjoyed themselves and will continue to create baskets with us.  We also had a potluck lunch with fabulous and tasty dishes to celebrate the end of our year.  The food was complimented by a fruit punch which could be supplemented with a dash of Lychee fruit liqueur, courtesy of Andrea, our hospitality hostess.  A nice ending to a great year. Looking forward to 2013.  From Catherine.

Monday, October 22, 2012

October 2012 Willow Workshop

Sunday, we worked outdoors - what a bonus!

Some of the students from the Sunday class.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

2013 Program

January 19: AGM
Woven Stool Seat
Design with Flat Reed
Self-directed - Wanda Haydt

February 16: Rain Stick - Natural Materials
Frances Thorn, Loretta Roberts

March 16: Complete Rain Stick
Frances Thorn, Loretta Roberts
April 20: 10th Anniversary Celebration
Wool Drying Basket 
  Instructor - Wanda Haydt

May 18: Double Wall Market Basket
Instructor - Linda Dobinson

June 15: Complete Double Wall Market
Instructor - Linda Dobinson
July 20: Gourd Class
Instructor - Catherine Devine

August 17: Open Weave
Your Choice of Project

September 21:  Swedish Paper Stars
Instructor - Nancy Hager

October 19: Coloured Willow Tray
Instructor - Frances Thorn

November 16:  Victorian Sleigh
Instructor - Janet LaMonte
Potluck Meal at Noon

Saturday, September 15, 2012

September Workshop with Dolores Von Rosen

On Saturday, 15th we had a creative and fun day with Dolores Von Rosen.  Using a mold we made waste paper baskets incorporating a selection of weaving patterns.  Many possibilities were combined to make wildly different baskets that were all beautiful. Not all of us finished but we all learned and enjoyed the process. Thank you Dolores for a great workshop.  From Janet.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

July Workshop

Minnesotan Bit by Basket Bug

Karen Kotecki (a legal aid lawyer, pro weaver, fun person) and Debbie Mroczenski (in corporate customer service and accounts, pro weaver, fun person) arrived at my place in Windsor from Wisconsin Friday in time for supper.  My sister Jan, was here from Minnesota and it was party time. We all clicked. They were surprised that Jan had never made a basket and was going to make this intermediate quatrefoil just like she was one of us pros.  Like, who let her sign up, anyway???  Well, I knew she would do fine and promised I would help.

On Saturday bright and early, Karen and Deb, her sidekick, were eager to start the Footed Quatrefoil Provender basket workshop in Chatham.  Good demonstrating, good walking around checking/helping assured a beautiful basket for each.  Yes, it was tricky in places, but the demos, the pattern and graphics were very helpful and clear.  Jan was doing fine and got little help from me until the next day when we did the rolled rim.  Jan caught on fast, has good visual-spacial abilities, artistic sense, patience and perseverance.  She finished it and flew home with it on her lap!  Then went home, looked up the Minnesota Guild and signed up for 2 workshops in the fall.  How's that for fulfilling our guild's mission of growing the art of basket weaving?  Thanks Karen and Deb and all in our guild who made this happen.

Andrea organized dinner at a great restaurant in town and though tired, we weren't grouchy - maybe loopy.  Thanks, Andrea.  Thanks, Linda, for organizing.  Thanks, Frances, for keeping track of the workshop finances.

Submitted by Nancy.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

April Rib Hearth Basket

March Waxed Linen Workshop

Finished baskets brought to the April meeting.  Well done!  Watch for another photo in May.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Karen Kotecki Workshop July 21st

Hello members!  Here are some beautiful sample baskets to help you in choosing your colours.  Call for registration has been sent out to you - take advantage of this opportunity to learn from this inspiring instructor.

Some views of the beautiful cathead base.