Sunday, January 6, 2019

CPBWG January Guild Workshop

Members of the Central Pennsylvania Basket Weavers Guild gathered on Saturday for the first workshop of 2019. 

Member Suzanne Williamson lead the session .  Everyone created a covered vase using the color scheme of their choice. 

We also covered a metal wreath over-the-door hanger with reed, much like a decorative basket handle pattern.

If you are interested in learning more about our guild and events check out our website :

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

2018 has been a busy and fun year of basketry.  I've taught basket classes and  participated in basket workshops and basket conventions.  My baskets have been on display in area galleries and artist co-ops.  This December I participated in the Carroll County Artists Studio Tour as well a having my baskets at the Gallery of Gifts and a woven wreath in the Festival of Wreaths - events held at the Carroll Arts Center.

Throughout the year I have met many wonderful basket weavers and patrons of the craft.  I also have made a lot of baskets!  Now my CMC joint is saying it is time to take a break and rest my hands .

My last basket of the year is this oval, wooden base basket.  It features deer antlers as the side handles.  I used leather to bind the rim and attach the antlers. 

I'm already looking forward to my next basket workshop on the first Saturday of January.  So much for resting my hands.!

Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy 2019 to you and your family. 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Artists' Studio Tour

Enjoy a free family friendly, self-guided tour of 13 artist studios and two art galleries located around Carroll County, MD.  Meet the artists, see demonstrations and have an opportunity to buy fine art and craft directly form the source.  For more information go to

I will be at Stop #7 - Cat Tracks Studio with my baskets, woven jewelry and  holiday items

 I hope to see you this weekend.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Festival of Wreaths

This is my entry for the 21st Annual Festival of Wreaths held at the Carroll Arts Center in Westminster, Md.  It is one of nearly 150 unique wreaths that are on display and part of a silent auction until the closing day.  All funds go toward the Carroll Arts Center activities and scholarship programs. 
 I used a 12" and 14" hoop to form the wreath.  Natural materials are  used for the wreaths accent.

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.