Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Common Ground 2018

Once again this summer I took part in the 24th Annual Traditions Weeks Common Ground on the Hill.  For three weeks musicians, artists, dancers, writers, filmmakers, educators, and creative people come together at McDaniel College to explore cultural diversity through artistic traditions.

I taught a group of thirteen the art of  weaving with waxed linen.  Techniques of twining, 3 rod wale and reverse 3 rod wale twining, step-ups and bead embellishments were used by the students. 

They were able to complete a small pendant and vessel during the week-long class.

Student display of pendants
Student display
Students small shaped vessel

Monday, May 28, 2018

Hot Cross Bun Basket


I wove a round  natural reed basket with a wooden base and accented with a diamond weave braid decorative border using seafoam dyed round reed. 

Gina Kieft, a basketmaker from Michigan designed the pattern.  You can learn more about Gina and her baskets at 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

CPBWG May Workshop

The Central Pennsylvania Basket Weavers Guild hosted a weekend workshop lead by Gail Hutchinson.  Gail is a full time basket weaver from West Virginia, who travels the country to teach her craft.

I choose to make a round basket with a woven base that added extra spokes from #2 round reed that were manipulated to give a unique pattern to the side of the basket. 

The basket was finished with a ribbed rim and "flags" of the round reed encircling the top of the basket. The finished basket is 9 1/2" tall and 12" in diameter.

Starting the ribbed rim.

Basic step to the completed basket

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Members Show Entry

The Carroll County Arts Council 16th Annual Members Show opens May 4, 2018.  The exhibit runs through August 3, 2018. 

I submitted a mixed media gourd vessel for the exhibit.   The gourd is painted using the acrylic pouring "dirty cup dump" method.  Pine needles rim the edges of the gourd and rope around a deer antler.  Some beads are added for accent.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Sunflower Basket

I purchased a wooden base with a routered sunflower design.  To highlight the flower colors I used smoked and space dyed reed for the sides.  Small leather handles were attached on two sides.  The final top rows of the basket use smoked round reed to form the rim.  A piece of flat reed is lashed to the inside of the rim.

Monday, March 19, 2018

High Country Basket Weavers Guild Workshop

Participants display their stair step baskets.

I spent Saturday with the High Country Basket Weavers Guild leading a workshop on a stair step basket.  

The basket is unique with two bases - a lower base and an upper base. This design allows the basket to sit on a stair step.  The basket can be a collection point for items that can be later carried up stairs in one trip.

I provided a variety of colored reed for a decorative band around the basket.  Everyone selected different ways  to accent their basket.

It was a fun day of basket weaving and everyone went home with a stair step basket.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Josephine Knot Guild Weave

Saturday the Central Pennsylvania Basket Weavers Guild held their monthly basket workshop.  This month, member Barb Vicente lead a session on a Josephine Knot Basket.

Members had a choice of using all natural reed spokes, all smoked reed spokes or a combination of natural and smoked reed.  I chose the mixed colors for my ribs.  There was a wide variety of colored flat reed and yarns available for weaving the basket.

The Josephine knot is formed first. Then reed is woven in an over/under pattern to flare out the spokes. After several rows are woven on each side of the knot, the basket is gently shaped by tucking the spokes on one side into the basket on the opposite side.  This is repeated with the other side spokes to form the hen basket shape. 

If you are not part of a basket guild I strongly suggest you find a group near you.  You will learn from each other and have fun in the process. Weaving in a group allows you to share hints and techniques of weaving, see the various color combinations others select, and fellowship with other basket weavers.  This was the first time some members had  woven a Josephine knot, while others, like myself, had woven the knot it in other baskets.  By working together everyone was successful and had a finished basket at the end of the day. 

side one
side two