Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Start the New Year off right - Join a Basket Guild.

Why join a basket guild?  There are so many reasons.....continue a traditional art, learn new techniques, make new friends, work with natural materials..... the list goes on and on.

I joined the Central Pennsylvania Basket Weavers Guild several years ago.  Since then I have made numerous baskets of all types of materials, traveled to basket conventions, refined my basketmaking skills and made great friends along the way.

The Jan/Feb issue of the Pennsylvania Magazine includes an article about basketry and the CPBWG guild.  It was written by our guild secretary and includes three of my photos.  Check it out!

Friday, December 6, 2019

Carroll County Artists Studio Tour 2019

        Enjoy a free family friendly self-guided tour or 17 art studios and two galleries around Carroll County.  Meet the artists, see demonstrations and have the opportunity to buy fine art and craft directly from the source.

         I will have a wide variety of my baskets at stop #9 - Cat Tracks Studio.  Come by and say "hi" and get a little something for yourself or for others on your gift list.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Gallery of Gifts

A variety of my basket will be available for your holiday gift giving.  
Stop by the Carroll Arts Center to see the many unique gift possibilities
 by a number of local artists.  

Saturday, November 9, 2019

November Guild Weave

The Central Pennsylvania  Basket Weavers Guild held its final monthly weave day at Gravel Hill.  Member Pamela Wilson lead the workshop.   Members could choose between two different round reed baskets.

I choose to make the basket above.  The Japanese inspired basket is woven  with #3 round reed.  It features a Rjinko base and a circle of eight Josephine knots.  A rim of #8 round reed is attached with a series of three rod wale rows.

Beginning the base

Rjinko base

Circle of Josephine knots

Saturday, October 12, 2019

October Guild Weave

Central Pennsylvania Basket Weavers Guild held their October basket workshop at the East Berlin Community Center on Saturday.  Twenty members gathered to weave a Sunflower Basket taught by member Joanne Sheriff.

The basket begins with an eight inch round oak base with a sunflower carved into the base.  Using natural flat oval reed the sides are gently raised for 20 rows.  A row of thin green and wider brown reed is woven to suggest a flower once the golden reed curls are attached. 

The curls are added on both the inside and the outside of the basket to make the petals of the sunflower.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Weaving the Hours Away

The Central Pennsylvania Basket Weavers Guild hosted the 19th annual Weaving Odyssey in Gettysburg Sept 19-22.  Twelve different instructors from around the USA came to share their expertise and love of weaving.

I began my weekend of  weaving by making basket in the shape of a Pineapple - the universal sign of hospitality..

Laura Lee Zanger led the class.  The basket begins with a basic round base.  Once the sides are woven the basket is made to look like a pineapple with the addition of reed curls.  The raffia bow and welcome sign complete the perfect welcome basket.

Saturday was spent weaving a tote basket with Dianne Gleixner.  The tote has a wooden base.  The main body is woven with alternating dark brown and smoked weavers with natural round reed using the Japanese Diamond weave to accent the middle band.  A row of paired triple twining is above and below the decorative body.  Leather handles complete the tote .

I ended my Weaving Odyssey with a two-day class taught by Laura Lee Zanger.  She helped us weave a large Cherokee-style  Cowee Burden Basket, traditionally used for gathering corn. 
The basket transitions from one shape with a 1-3-5 twill pattern to another.  The top rounded bowl of the basket features a arrow design band around the basket. 

To learn more about CPBWG go to www.basketry.homestead.com
You can contact the instructors via their email. 

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Carroll County Art Centers Member Show

The Annual Members Exhibit is currently on display at the Carroll County Art Center in Westminster, MD.  The show run through November 2nd.  It features a wide range of styles and media in all of the gallery space. 

I submitted this twill weaving.  It is woven around a wooden 12' x 36" frame. 

This collage of past arts center events is also on display. The Arts Center is preparing to celebrate 50 years of bringing the arts and culture to Carroll County. Imagine my surprise to see a blast from my past included.  Can you find it?