Sunday, January 7, 2018

Wooly Pines

Despite frigid temperatures outside, the Central Pennsylvania Basket Weavers Guild held their first gathering of 2018.  Taking a break from basket weaving, members each made a wooly pines tree. 

Mary Annunziato and Jackie Burke from Wooly Pines ( led the workshop.  Everyone had a choice of wool colors and designs.  I selected a plaid of maroon and greens.

The wool was first torn into strips.  The strips were cut into a fringe.  The wool fringe was wrapped around wire to make individual branches.  Once all the branches were made they were attached to a center rod.

The finishing touches were to wrap the rod with a fabric strip, adjust the branches, and insert into a base.  Some people added tree toppers and small ball ornaments to complete their tree.

Everyone had a great time.  It was the perfect way to spend a cold Saturday. 

Finished trees by CPWG members.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

Best wishes for a wonderful 2018 filled with baskets,

good times and fellowship.


Happy Basket Weaving to YOU!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Gallery of Gifts


You can still find a wide variety of my baskets and holiday ornaments at the Gallery of Gifts.  In addition to the hen basket shown in the ad above I have many more styles to choose from. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Studio Tour 2017

Enjoy a free, family friendly self-guided tour of  artist's studios.
  Meet the artists, see demonstrations, and have the opportunity
 to buy fine art and craft from the source.
My baskets and I will be at tour stop # 9 this weekend.  I am sharing a space in my good friend Carolyn Seabolt's newly remodeled studio.  Come by and see all of our wares.  I will feature some holiday themed baskets and ornaments as well as many traditional style baskets of all shapes and colors.


 For more information go to for a map of all the stops.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Give Thanks

November is here and it is time to count our blessings.  Being part of an active basket weaving guild is one of mine.  Today I spent an enjoyable Saturday morning weaving the casserole size basket shown above with members of the Central Pennsylvania Basketweavers Guild.  Guild member Joanne Sheriff lead the work session.

The wooden base has the routered message "Give Thanks" and two leaves. The leather handles were attached to the bottom of the base After inserting the spokes, two rows of twinging anchored the reeds in place.  The sides were brought up using cream half oval reed and a band of smoked reed and seagrass. 

The leather handles were not woven into the sides.  They are held in place between the outer and inner rim. 

Once the basket was complete, I painted the words and
leaves with paint.  A poly wood finish was then
applied to seal the base.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Fall Wall Basket

Fall is here! 

Now is the time to gather natures weeds, pods, berries, and more to make accent pieces for your baskets. A flat wall basket is the perfect choice  to add a fall embellishment and to use to decorate your home for fall.

Using a 8" x 12" D frame handle as my armature, I wove around the basket to form the flat pocket.  After finishing the rim I stained the basket a light wood color. 

An arrangement of milk pods, acorns, and weeds was attached to the basket with waxed linen to complete the fall look.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Small and Mini Backpack Baskets

Members of the Central Pennsylvania Basket Weavers Guild gathered this past weekend to learn from member Jude Gallaher, how to weave a small and mini backpack basket  in the style of the Adirondack backpacks. 

The small basket measures 5" high and includes a leather harness.  The mini basket measures 3" high. 

The baskets are too small for an Adirondack pack's intended use for carrying heavy loads, but they are a perfect  fit for a doll or stuffed animal.