September was a month of travel … I left home on August 31; my itinerary included places, friends, family and the Columbia Basin Basketry Guild – Tidal Twining Retreat. September 26 and 6000+ miles later, I made it home to find Billy Owens and my husband grilling steaks. Billy taught for my guild the next day. That in a nutshell was the whirlwind of my September. I wasn’t sure how much of my adventure I’d share with all of you. After sorting through pictures, I wanted to share everything, but when I started writing the blog it quickly got wordy and long. So I put it on the backburner. Today I decided to post lots of pictures and a few words about my adventure.
Weavin’ on Route 66, the 2018 Missouri Basketweavers Guild Convention, was a huge success. The event was held at the Route 66 Holiday Inn Southwest in St. Louis, Missouri August 2 – 5. Basketweavers filled the hotel with laughter, great conversation and, of course, beautiful baskets.I taught four basket classes, vended and exhibited, so it was a busy weekend. 🙂 But, oh, So.Much.Fun!
These things make me smile… baskets and basket classes.
I was able to spend much of the month weaving and have several new baskets to show for it. July looks like it will be full of proposal and pattern writing and kit preparation, but I promise to post pictures of my new baskets. But we are talking about June now – so
And this month, the NBO summer issue arrived, the Member’s in Print edition. I was honored to have one of the thirty eight baskets chosen. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I was! Read more
What a wonderful time. First, a big thank you to Pam Feix and Debbie Cates and their host of volunteers. You put on a wonderful event! A great facility, well run, delicious food, and lots and lots of wonderful baskets and basket weavers. It is hard to explain how 400 people weaving, shopping and visiting in one big room can be so much fun – so let me invite you to join us next year in Richmond, Indiana! [April 11 – 13, 2019 www.statelinefriends.com]
Here’s a peak at the SFWR 2018 from my corner of the room …
Look at all those people … Read more
My March was filled with traveling and teaching basket classes- I put on over 3200 miles, traveled through nine states and taught 18 basket classes. It was busy. It was fun. I am tired. Since all of my miles brought me south of Wisconsin, I was hoping to experience spring. There were signs … wild daffodils in Kentucky, redbud in North Carolina. And I was able to enjoy coffee outside with a dear friend. However, winter was also evident – two days of snow in North Carolina and at least six inches of that white stuff on the ground in the Virginia mountains. All the while my husband kept reporting signs of spring at home. So I came home 🙂
I’ve been home a few days – now that I am settled in, I thought I would share some pictures (well, okay, a lot of pictures – I did teach a lot). Then I plan retreat to the studio to weave 🙂 the best kind of therapy.
My first event was Woven Together in Western Kentucky
Well, October has come and gone. My month started with a trip west to see family. The Bighorns in Wyoming were snow covered, brilliant colored aspen and birch trees lined the valleys in Montana and the sugar beet harvest was in full swing in Alberta. I was thankful for clear roads and time with people I love.
Then it was home and time for October classes. Read more
It’s the last day of August! My month disappeared in flurry of home remodeling. Not quite done, in September I tear my studio and dye room down and get it ready for paint and new flooring. Not exactly sure where I will put everything while the old flooring is being ripped out and new installed, but I know I will love it when it’s done! I’ll try to take some before, during and after photos for you.
Besides, self contracting and remodeling, I did do some teaching. In early August, a group of weavers in Sussex, Wisconsin invited me to teach. They had three projects going: Twizarr, T Tray and Arrows.
We had such a wonderful time in Camden, Tennessee with the West Tennessee Basket Guild.
We set up shop, they picked out kits and we were off – Read more
I am home and sorta unpacked – the Texas Basket Weavers Association 2017 conference has come and gone. It was a great event a great line up of teachers and a wonderful group of students! As well as, wonderful baskets, both being woven and exhibited. I was honored to have won first place in the professional category – thank you Texas!
My only complaint was that it rained a lot and then when it finally cleared I was to busy to get outside to enjoy it – but hey, it was warmer than Wisconsin! Read more
I’ve spent the last couple of months weaving and writing
and preparing class kits: Read more
Crafting was part of life for Deb Mather, who grew up on a farm in northern Illinois, so when her sister invited her to join her at a basket class in 1992, she said yes. After work Deb drove to Morrison, Illinois, a one and a half hour drive away, and made a Primitive style Double Jar Basket. Deb was still pretty excited after the hour drive home – she couldn’t wait to show her husband what she had made. Fred says that one look at her face and he knew he was in trouble!
Well, that was the beginning, basket weaving soon became a part of Deb’s life. For the next two and a half years Deb drove to Morrison to take many basket classes. Her house started to fill with baskets and basket supplies and she started teaching some coworkers how to make baskets. Read more
I just got home from the Association of Michigan Basketmakers Annual Conference in Lansing, Michigan. This year’s event, A Weaver’s Wonderland, was inspired by Alice in Wonderland – complete with a mad tea party! I taught five classes, had great students and found time to enjoy the exhibit hall, luncheons, vendors and friends.
Last week I posted a photo of my basket, Beachcomber, which was raffled off at the convention. I have had several positive comments on that piece, but I wish you could have seen all the beautiful pieces they raffled off. Five other attending teachers had pieces in the raffle, however the real stars of the raffle were two pieces from Fred Ely’s collection:
One of Theresa Ohno’s beautiful baskets Read more
This is my last week of teaching away from home for the year. I have traveled across the country – north to south and east to west! I have enjoyed attending so many basket events and guild meetings, and I really loved seeing so many of you! But it will be good to spend a couple of months at home – I have patterns to write and baskets to weave!
And right now I have a lot of basket kits – so I have added them to the website. I will add a few more when I return from Michigan, but quantities are limited. When they are gone – they are gone. You can find these kits in The Store. Read more
the Wolf River Basketry Guild hosted their annual Fall Retreat in Shawano, Wisconsin. Read more
I just got home from my trip to the Northwest and the Columbia Basin Basketry Guild’s Fall Retreat.
The event took place at Rockaway Beach, Oregon Read more
The Heritage Weavers Fall Event takes place in Dayton, Ohio. This annual event started years ago as Mid Summer Weave; over the years, things changed and it moved to September and became a fall event. This year, the event moved to a brand new location, the Bergamo Center, and to the last weekend of August – just on the edge of the change of seasons.
The Bergamo Center provided great weaving rooms, as well as lodging and meals. The building is a large square with a tranquil central courtyard and the grounds are beautiful. I think the Heritage Weaver’s have found their retreat home!!
It was a great retreat – here’s a little photo journal of the weekend:
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.
Jabez, Kentucky – I heard a local describe it as ‘five miles past no where”. It may be that, but it is also a destination for over 100 basket weavers each June. Many attendees call it ‘basket camp’; we eat, weave and sleep – it’s pretty wonderful. I taught four classes, enjoyed seeing lots of friends and made new ones. Of course I took my camera and took lots of pictures. I didn’t capture the rocking chairs on the porch or the amazing sunsets, but I did get lots of class pictures and … Read more
I just got home from ‘Celebrating 25 years of Weaving Friendships’ at the Stowe Basketry Festival. It was wonderful and worth every mile! Thank you Merry Vigneau, the staff at the Round Hearth, and all of you who came to teach classes or to take them. I’ll keep the words to a minimum and share a ‘few’ pictures:
The Round Hearth, where we ate and slept and visited. Read more
Each April, Pam Feix, Debbie Cates and the Whitewater Basket Guild in Richmond, Indiana host a spectacular three day basket weaving event, Stateline Friends Weaving Retreat. Four hundred people (basket weavers, basket teachers and vendors) gather together to weave baskets, learn new weaving techniques, stock up on basket kits and supplies, enjoy each others company, catch up with old friends and make ones.
That’s right, Eat, Sleep Weave about sums it up. 🙂 Read more
Thank you to Cathy and all the volunteers who made the Dream Weavers Convention such a success! So good to see old friends, make a few new ones and watch so many amazing basket classes in action. Thank you to each one of you who took a class with me or stopped by my table at market place! I appreciate each one of you.
And now a few pictures of the convention in action. Read more
Little by little I am fine tuning my website. This week I added a resource page to my website. It includes an index to my tutorials and a list of basket materials suppliers. Read more
The Woven Together in Western Kentucky 2016 Basket Retreat was held last week. The three day event was held at Rough River Falls State Park and Resort, Kentucky, we wove in the lodge over looking the lake. Beautiful!
I brought my camera and took lots of pictures of my basket classes and the event, so today I’ll give you a pictorial tour of a great basket weaving retreat.
Carol tending the registration table. Carol has been co-chairing this basket event for many years – this was her last year. Thanks for all your work Carol … next year you can take classes! Read more
at the 2016 Texas Basket Weavers Association Conference
Twelve basket teachers and over a hundred basket weavers attended the event – with four days of basket weaving classes several hundred baskets were woven, displayed and enjoyed.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Dallas Near the Galleria provided a great space to for basket weavers to gather Read more
Weaving at Sea …
It all started when one of Sandy Bulgrin’s basket weaving students told her she had signed up to go on a knitting cruise. Sandy responded “But – Lucille, you don’t knit?” “I know … why isn’t there a basket weaving cruise?” Read more
I am filling up my 2016 schedule – just updated my teaching schedule with two more events: Stateline Friends Weaving Retreat and Stowe Basketry Festival.
I am working on a calendar of basket events.