Monday, September 18, 2017

Weaving Friendships 2017


I spent one of my favorite weekends of the year at the 2017 Weaving Odyssey in Gettysburg PA hosted by the Central Pennsylvania Basket Weavers Guild.

Thursday evening I made an assortment of embellishments suitable for baskets or wreaths.  Gina Kieft (gina@ginasbaskets.com) lead the workshop.  She had endless supplies of nuts, seeds, pods and grasses that she harvested from the fields and roadsides of Michigan. It was a fun class and a great way to start the weekend.
 
I spent Friday weaving with Pati English (BasketsMySpeciality@yahoo.com) an award winning weaver and author of a basket designs book from South Carolina.   I wove a traditional cathead basket. A triple decorative ban was added using two double  Three-Rod Arrow with a Reverse Three-Rod Arrow in the middle of the band.  It was finished with an ash hand grip handle.
 

 
Char Ciammaichella (charweave@gmail.com) from Ohio led my Saturday class.  I have been trying to refine my round reed skills so her zig zag design using 3 rod twining and reverse 3 rod twining gave me a lot of practice.  I am very happy with my design and color choice.
 
 
I finished up my weekend Sunday with another class by Gina Kief.  She taught a small round reed base bowl.  More practice with round reed!  The cream and purple container was finished with a three rod arrow design and a braided border rim.
 
 

Mark your calendars now for next years Odyssey Event

September 13 - 16, 2018

Check out CPWG website to learn more





Monday, September 11, 2017

CPBWG Service Project

Three berry baskets I have ready to donate to the project.



It's just days away from the 2017 Weaving Odyssey, the Central Pennsylvania Basket Weavers Guild annual convention.   I am looking forward to learning new techniques and meeting fellow basketmakers.




New this year, guild members have been weaving small berry baskets to fill with personal care items and treats.  The baskets and donations will be collected at the convention.  The filled baskets will be delivered to  Stillwater, a local shelter for victims of domestic violence following the convention.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Creating Art Through Basket Weaving

 Once again this December I will be participating in the 11th Annual  Carroll County Arts Studio Tour.  To help commemorate the event the Carroll County Times has featured profiles of the artists biweekly in their Life and Times Sunday feature.  

Today it was my turn to be featured in the newspaper.  This included an article, a portfolio of photos and a video.  The short video shows the process of creating an egg basket.  The finished egg basket at the left was made during the taping. 

The complete article and video can be viewed at the following link:
http://carrollcountytimes.com/news/local/cc-It-sharon-schaeffer-20170831-story.html




Monday, August 28, 2017

Off Track Art - Duet Show

I will be displaying a variety of baskets, each made with cats head bases at Off Track Art Gallery during the month of September. 

The exhibit is part of the gallery's Duet series featuring hand painted silks and tinsels by member Carolyn Seabolt and my cats head baskets.

The exhibit, " A Tisket a Tasket, a Cat in a Basket" opens Sept 7th.  An opening reception is Saturday, September  9th from 5pm until 7pm. Hope to see you then!





Monday, August 7, 2017

Cats Head Basket


Cats Head Baskets have a distinctive base with four woven peaks at each corner allowing the base to arch up while the four corners support the vessel.  This low  basket features a two color band with a cream reed twist to form a window effect.   Once the band is woven the sides are turned in quickly to form the rimmed opening at the top.  This basket is based on a pattern by Judith Olney, called Windows Globe Basket.

Cathedral Window pattern with reed twist.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Mini Ash Basket


 
I wove a miniature ash basket using a pattern by Annetta Kraayeveld ( www.pairiewoodbasketry.com ).  The small basket stands 2 3/4" high on two woven legs.  The basket is 2 1/2" by 2 1'2".  Small pinecone seeds and naturals are attached to one side for an accent. 
 


Weaving first leg
Both legs woven

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Week 2 of Common Ground - EGG BASKET Class

Step 1 - Handle & God's Eye

Week 2 of Common Ground on the Hill at McDaniel College brought more weaving fun while I led a new group of participants through the steps of creating a traditional shaped egg basket.



Step 2 - Adding Primary Ribs


Step 3 - All ribs in place






















Everyone in the class made an egg basket using colors of their choice. They used the colored reed in different patterns on their basket. Some weavers had time to make reed reindeer and napkin baskets as well.   The student art show held on the last day of Common Ground gave everyone a chance to display their weeks work.