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.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Hen Basket Class at Common Ground

Sample Hen basket by Sharon Schaeffer
Each afternoon I taught a group to weave a hen basket during week one of Common Ground on the Hill. The yearly two week event is held at McDaniel College.

It was a fun week of socializing and relaxing while learning a new craft.  Some class members were beginners while others had  experience weaving baskets, but not this style of  rib basket. 

Everyone selected colors and patterns to individualize their basket.  Friday evening all the baskets were on display as part of the Student Art Show.

Day one -   forming the armature

Outdoor weaving

Baskets by students in the Hen Basket Class

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Common Ground 2017 Gallery Show

Handmade Rib Baskets by Sharon Schaeffer are on display in Rice Gallery

Join me for the  Opening Reception on Sunday, June 25 from 4:30 to 5:30.  Work by all Common Ground 2017 Visual Art instructors is on display in the Rice Gallery on the second floor of the Peterson building on McDaniel College.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Dying Reed

Common Ground on the Hill 2017 is a week away!  I will be teaching a basket class during both weeks - a Hen Basket during week 1 and an Egg Basket during week 2. 

I have been busy getting supplies ready for the classes.  Yesterday I spent the morning dying reed.  Class members will have a rainbow of colors to choose from  as they select a color palette and design bands of color for their individual baskets.

Basic dye supplies

Green dye bath

Bundles of reed drying

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Studio 1330 - Lessons Learned Exhibit



Gallery owner Jim Roberts invited my coworker  and I to exhibit our artwork  to celebrate our retirement at the end of this school year.   Holly and I have taught secondary art for a combined 70 some years.  The past 14 years we have taught together at Winters Mill High.


Joining us in the exhibit are two of our former high school art students.  They each now teach high school art in our county. 

I'm looking forward to next Saturday's opening reception.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sculptural Antler Vessel

Basket maker Anne Bowers from Kearneysville, West Virginia was the featured instructor at the Central Pennsylvania Basketweaving Guild's spring retreat April 28-30.  The weekend getaway was held at the Gitt Memorial Library in Hanover, PA.    

I spent Saturday weaving a sculptural basket on an antler base.  Round reed spokes were inserted in holes drilled into the antlers.  Using a variety of textures and colors the woven form took shape using jute, baler twine and round reed.  Hills and valleys of color were used as well as wooden beads and open window sections.

Step 1 - Insert round reed into antler
Step 2 -  Weave beginning rows with round reed
After several rows bead and a open window were included in the design

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Hen Basket Class - June 2017

Join me this summer for a week of Basketmaking as part of Common Ground on the Hill on the campus of McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. 

Do you want to learn to weave a Hen Basket?

The basket class runs from June 26 to June30.  Learn to sight, whittle and insert primary and secondary ribs and how to weave a neat decrease.  The class is open to beginners and experienced basket makers.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Spring is Here!

Thanks to the Historical Society of Carroll County for including a photo of one of my baskets in their newsletter.  If you need a basket be sure to check out my baskets at The Shop at Cockey's.  I have many styles to choose from.

Monday, March 20, 2017

High Country Weavers Guild

I spent an enjoyable Saturday leading a workshop for the High Country Weavers Guild of VA.

Participants were able to weave a footed yarn basket during the workshop.  The class was made up of  both experienced and beginning basket makers.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Double Wall Bowl Basket

The Central Pennsylvania Basket Weavers Guild assembled in February to weave a double wall bowl basket.  Member Debra Zvanut led the class.

Starting with a double slotted base, the inner basket was shaped as it was woven.  It acted as mold for the outer basket.  I used dyed purple reed to contrast the natural cream reed of the outside. 

A decorative band of  French Randed Arrows was woven using of four colors.

The top edge of the basket is woven together using a 3 piece double lash technique.


Monday, January 23, 2017

Mini Waxed Linen Bowl with Beads

I used the "Enchanted" kit assembled by Linda Ascherz Allen of Adirondack Basketry to weave this mini bowl.  The vessel is woven with plum and lavender waxed linen with both clear and lavender beads added to some of the rows.   It was the first time I  have added beads to a waxed linen vessel.  I like the texture it gives the bowl. The finished product is 2" high with a 2 3/4" diameter.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Raffia Sampler

 All it took was a snow day to find time to finish this decorated gourd which I began during the Basketweavers Guild of Bedford County fall workshop lead by Vicki Hartman.  Natural pine needles were coiled around a prepared gourd using raffia to join the coils to the gourd and each row. The pine needle rim features a variety of coiling stitches, including the closed coiling on the initial row.


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Victorian Wicker Heart Basekt

Cold temperatures didn't keep the Central Pennsylvania Basket Weavers Guild from enjoying the first weaving gathering of 2017.

Using a pattern by Laura Lee Zanger each member wove a heart basket using reed colors of their choice . 

Round reed is laid out in an interlocking pattern to form the base. The heart shape is set with a twining locking row before turning up the spokes to twine the side. The heart is finished with a braided border.  The finished dimensions are 9" wide x 8" long x 2" high.