Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Guilders Weave 2024

Tidewater Basketry Guild hosted the 25th Guilders Weave over the weekend in Newport News Virgina.  Nearly 180 weavers from 17 states came together to weave, have fun and celebrate for the 4-day event. 

Thursday evening, I made 2 Maple Swirl ornaments under the direction of Karen Kotecki.  The swirl uses an overlap technique that takes the spokes from straight up to overlapped, wrapped and tucked. 

I began Friday weaving a Large Corner Basket designed by Cheryl Thomas.  The finished basket has three sides, but the actual wooden base has five sides.  To accent the beachy color scheme, a ceramic sand dollar is added to the front.  

Later in the day I continued the beach theme by weaving an elbow basket, Whisp by Pam Milet. 

It was a full day of coiling on Saturday to complete the Blue Bayou coiled rim gourd.  Debbie Wilson led the class and encouraged each participant to put their own twist on the design. It incorporated 2 colors of paper cord, variegated round reed and waxed thread. 


 I concluded the weekend in a Fun and Fancy Jars class led by Jane Brinkman. I covered 2 Oui jars and made a loop pocket to hold a small wooden spoon.  She provided wooden lids for us to complete the deign.  

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

The Galleries at Quiet Waters Park - Holiday Artisan Market

 I was invited to showcase my baskets at this year's Holiday Artisan Market at Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis MD.  The gallery is open through January 6, 2024. It is a beautiful location to visit if you have never been there.  You may want to treat yourself. 

Gallery of Gifts - Carroll Arts Center

 This year my display featured baskets woven with the rib technique.  This included egg baskets, hen baskets, melon baskets, key baskets and potato baskets.   

Fall Holiday Craft Shows

 November ushered in a busy season of holiday craft shows.  I took part
 in more shows than I usually do, but it was a fun time and it certainly got me into the holiday spirit. Thank you to all who purchased from me.  

I participated in the Carroll County Artist Studio Tour the first weekend in December.  It is always a fun time.  I visited with many old friends who stopped by. 

Festival of Wreaths


I donated a wreath to the Festival of Wreaths again.   My entry was a wooly pine bough with wool pinecones attached to a tobacco basket.  I learned to make the pinecone and pine branches from Mary Annunziato.