August 4-7, 2016 the Missouri Basketweavers Guild hosted their 25th convention, Weave the World, in St Louis, Missouri. Co-chairs Leanne Nielsen and Edeltraud Romvai had all kinds of fun planned for the weekend, from the teacher and vendor reception featuring an international smorgasbord to passports and basket bingo.
Leanne, Edie and their team of chairs and volunteers did a wonderful job. We all benefited from their hard work and attention to detail. Everywhere I looked people were enjoying themselves: laughing, snacking, weaving beautiful baskets, shopping, making new friends and visiting with old friends. The event was delightful! Thank you to everyone who made it possible!
I vended and taught 3 basket classes.
Qoph – the base looks kind of spidery at this stage
even so, they all turned out beautiful.
Pat, the gal who writes poetry, raps and songs about the basket classes she takes, worked hard – and wrote a little poem about her basket 🙂 :
I have become accustomed to your quiet beauty
But others have not,
And they, seeing you, stop – transfixed.
Silently remembering other times of peace.
A walk by the lake, perhaps, a sunrise, a fall afternoon weaving on the porch.
And though it is silent,
The message is heard,
Qoph is more than just a winning word.
And we wove Arisaema – 64 spokes and a full morning of twining!
Afternoon came, the sides went up and the natural embellishments came out
Next year the Missouri Basketweavers Guild will host their 26th annual convention in Independence, Missouri. Visit their website, www.basketweavers.org, to learn more and make plans to join the fun as they “Weave Across Missouri” in August, 2017.