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?

Thursday, August 15, 2019

August Guild Weave

Members of the Central Pennsylvania Basket Weavers Guild gathered on Saturday to weave market style caddy baskets.

Using the "Lucy" pattern from Bright Expectations Baskets we first wove an inner basket directly on top of the base.  The larger basket sides were woven, the handle inserted and the rim was attached. 

It was a fun day and we all left with a basket suitable for holding picnic supplies, craft supplies or baby diapers.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Large Round Reed Flowers

During the August Central Pennsylvania Basket Weavers Guild meeting, members wove a simple square basket with a handle for this years service project.  The completed baskets will be filled with toiletries and delivered to the VA  Family House in Pittsburg.

After lunch member Marilyn Julius lead us in making large reed flowers for outdoors.  We used dyed #7 round reed to form the petals  and #3 round reed to create the flowers center.  The flowers were attached to a 1/2" dowel to serve as the stem.    It was suggested to seal the reed flowers with a poly spray before "planting" them out doors.  I also painted my stem green.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

A Month of Basket Classes

The past 4 weeks have been a busy, fun time of basket weaving.

I lead a Rib Key Basket with a group of outdoor women at a picturesque lodge retreat in Hancock, MD.  We sat on a wrap around porch over looking a breathtaking vista as we wove the key baskets.  Participants selected their individual color schemes, resulting in a wide variety of key  baskets.  

Once again I taught two week-long basket classes for Common Ground on the Hill at McDaniel College.   It is a time to catch up with old friends and make new acquaintances.  Week one students learned to weave a rib hen basket starting with a Josephine Knot.  We also had time to make a hair clasp featuring the same Josephine Knot.

The second week students wove two baskets featuring a cat head bottom.  Emphasis was placed on perfecting the cat head "ears" and shaping of their basket.  One basket included a handle and one did not.   Color choices  made each basket distinctive and their own.

I so enjoy sharing my craft with other basket weavers, both beginners and experienced weavers.  There is nothing better than weaving baskets in the company of others.  I invite you to join a basket guild, class or casual group of friends and take time to fellowship as you weave. You will end up with more than just a basket!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Art in the Park

 I will have a booth in Art in the Park on Saturday, June 1 from 10am to 4pm. Come say "Hi".

 The event features fine art and craft displays by over 60 accomplished regional artists.  A small food court, live music and crafts for kids round out this family friendly outdoor festival.

I will feature baskets suitable for your picnic and summer cookout needs.

Reed covered bucket
Divided basket with wooden base
Reed covered ice bucket
Divided Utensil carrier
Salad carrier  
Market basket

Friday, May 3, 2019

MD Sheep and Wool Festival 2019

This weekend my baskets will be for sale at the MD Sheep and Wool Festival at the Howard County Fairgrounds.  The festival is open from 8:30 to 6:00 on Saturday and from 8:30 to 5:00 on Sunday.

I will share a booth in the main exhibition hall with friend and tinsel painter Carolyn Seabolt, owner of Cat Tracks Studio.   We have combined our wares in the past and look forward to a weekend of seeing old friends and making new acquaintances as we exhibit about our craft.

Stop by and see some of my newest basket styles - including lots of baskets to carry the specialty yarns and wools for sale at the festival.