Sunday, November 11, 2018

Woven Bucket

The Central Pennsylvania Basket Weavers Guild November workshop was lead by Jude Gallagher. 

Guild members wove around a galvanized bucket attached to a wooden base. 

A variety of colored reed was available for each member to individualize their bucket color scheme and design.

I wove a French roving arrow design in 4 colors around my bucket.  The top rim was glued and then nailed into place.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Gallery of Gifts 2018

10th Annual Gallery of Gifts

A variety of my handmade baskets and holiday items are on display for sale  at the Carroll Arts Center from November 16th through December 22nd. 

Come and start your holiday shopping early.  The gallery is open during regular business hours as well as extended hours for special events. 

For more information check out their website:

Monday, October 15, 2018

Weaving with Judith Saunders

Judith Saunders was the invited guest instructor for a Central Pennsylvania Basket Weavers Guild October weekend weaving workshop.  While traditional basketry techniques are used in Judith's art pieces, the results are far from traditional.  Her vessels are intended to be more sculptural than functional.  She shared her more than 30 years of weaving experience with us over the weekend.

Saturday, we explored diagonal weaving with hand painted watercolor paper strips.  I made the small paper container with a layered rim.

Sunday I selected a shell that Judith collected from Ocracoke Island, NC.  Spokes from papyrus stems were joined with waxed linen and inserted into and through the openings in the shell.  Using cedar strips, day lily stems and waxed linen, the form of the vessel emerged following the shape  of the shell.  Two small shells were attached to the rim.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

2018 A Weaving Odyssey


Basket weavers from all over the east coast gathered in Gettysburg, PA for the 2018 Weaving Odyssey hosted by the Central Pennsylvania Basket Weavers Guild.
From Thursday evening until noon on Sunday weavers were busy perfecting their craft, making new friends, enjoying the company of  other basket weavers and having FUN!. 
Ten different talented instructors lead workshops, sold supplies and kits, and offered encouragement to all levels of weavers.  In addition to the classes, there was a silent auction, raffle, basket exchange, marketplace, hospitality room, Saturday night banquet and a masseuse!

I took a class lead by Ruth Garcia from  Westerly, Rhode Island.  We wove strips of painted watercolor paper that Ruth had prepared. The vessel took the shape of a cats head basket. 
Once the basket was complete, a thin layer of varnish was applied.  Using decorative hostess napkins we decoupaged the designs onto the basket as we desired.  A final coat of varnish was applied to the inside and outside of the basket.   

When ever I have the opportunity to take a basket class with Anne Bowers, an award winning basket maker from Kearneysville, West Virginia I sign up.  Anne taught several classes at Odyssey - woven cane bracelets, flat bottom egg basket, a red egg basket and a butternut squash colored oriole style basket.

I worked on the multicolored ribbed oriole basket.  Emphasis was placed on whittling ribs to form the shape of the basket. A variety of weaving materials were used - flat reed, round reed, sea grass, baler twine, cane, and a philodendron sheath.

Anne Bowers demonstrating how to
add a philodendron sheath

                     MARK YOU CALENDARS  now -  

                        2019 WEAVING ODYSSEY

                          SEPTEMBER 19-22, 2019

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Waxed Linen

I enjoy weaving with waxed linen for a number of reasons.  It's easy on your hands and it is easy to weave most anywhere. 

I often take waxed linen projects with me when I travel.  My vessels are small and the supplies do not take up much room.  It's the perfect travel craft!

Friday I was in Ohio Pyle, PA along the Great Allegheny Passage rail trail waiting for a group of bikers to arrive on their trek from Cumberland to Pittsburg.  It was a beautiful day and I spent my time sitting in the shade working on the waxed linen bowl pictured  here.  Even a cat came by to keep me company as I worked on my project!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Button Basket

Once again the Central Pennsylvania Basket Weavers Guild is weaving and filling baskets with personal care items for local shelter clients.

One of the basket patterns selected to be made was designed by Dianne Kennedy from North Carolina.  The pattern is available for free from   If you are unfamiliar with this site, I encourage you to explore their site and many offerings.

The Button Basket is 6" square with a handle.  I used blue reed for an accent color.  The string of fabric "yo-yos" and buttons are woven around the basket to add a textural embellishment. 

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Pineapple Hospitality Basket


I  have seen photos of a basket designed to look like a pineapple and decided to try to weave the basket without having a pattern to follow.   Do you ever do this?  I like the challenge of solving basket design problems. 
This is my first attempt making a pineapple basket.  The basket can hold a bottle inside.  
The first time I make a new basket I have to workout the weaving techniques, materials, and sizes needed to duplicate the design.  Once I make a few more I'll feel more confident  and refine my results.