Monday, January 1, 2018

2018 program

The Southwestern Ontario Basketry Guild is proud to present the basketry workshops for 2018. The year promises to be filled with new and challenging baskets and techniques.

January 20, 2018
Amy Jorgensen -  Hugs and Kisses basket - all skill levels
Perfect for Valentine's Day! Guild member wAmy Jorgensen will teach this heart-shaped basket. Learn to create this special shape using flat and round reed, learn to embellish the basket and learn to cover and ornament the inserted handle.
***Workshop start time changed to 8:30 am.***

Learn to create this special heart-shaped basket.
Lovely ornament decorate the basket's handle.
February 17, 2018
Mavis Kiyoshk - Sweetgrass Coil Basket - all skill levels
Basketmakers will create a small lidded basket sewn in coils. The lid will have a beaded felt centre and the bowl a felt centre. The sweetgrass basket will be created using a traditional First Nation method taught by a fourth generation First Nation basketmaker.

Learn to create a lidded sweetgrass basket.

March 17, 2018
Workshop cancelled

April 21, 2018

May 12, 2018

***Please note change: This workshop has been changed to the second Saturday of the month to avoid Victoria Day holiday conflicts.***

Saturday, November 18, 2017

November workshop with Karen Kotecki

Guild member Karen Kotecki taught students how to make a six-sided basket! This lovely hanging basket is woven on a mold (which we learned how to make) and we all made multiple hexahedrons. Karen provided a variety of coloured reed, wooden beads and waxed linen, so we could customize our ornaments. Guild member shared a learning weaving experience and a special potluck lunch. Thanks to everyone who came to the workshop on Saturday.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

September workshop with Nancy Hager

Guild member Nancy Hager taught a beautiful six-pointed star basket using dyed reed donated by the Elizabeth Evans family. The base of the basket, with a hexagonal pattern, was a learning experience for many students but we all went home with a unique basket.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

July workshop with Martina Obersat

Guild member Martina Obersat taught an introductory random weave basket. After the ribbed melon basket structure was completed, the bowl of the basket was woven randomly--with a variety of reed widths, sizes and colours available. Every basket was different and many students enjoyed working randomly, without a pattern.
Thank you so much to the family of Elizabeth Evans for donating their mother's reed to the Guild--we used her beautifully dyed reeds for these baskets and will use more in the upcoming six-point star basket taught by Nancy Hager in September .

Beautifully dyed reed by Elizabeth Evans.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

June workshop with Dale Adamson

Gourd specialist Dale Adamson taught us to decorate a gourd using alcohol inks--every vessel was different. Creating a kumihimo braid was new to many and added a unique finishing element to the painted gourds.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

May workshop with Karen Kotecki

Guild member Karen Kotecki taught us to weave a basket our a mirror! We used the round reed to twine, wale and create a lovely braid. When completed, the mirror is ready to hang.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

March workshop with Edy Marlatt

Guild member Edy Marlatt introduced Southwestern Ontario Basketry Guild students to a new technique this workshop--wet felting. Edy supplied locally dyed wools in a beautiful array of colours and away we went. We wetted the material down, agitated and compressed the woolen layers until it was firmed enough to shape a bowl.   

Saturday, February 18, 2017

February workshop with Nancy Hager

Member Nancy Hager taught the Southwestern Ontario Basketry Guild students how to make a small handled basket. It looked simple but had a nice mix of techniques. We all went home with a lovely little basket!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

January workshop with Martina Obersat

Member Martina Obersat taught the Southwestern Ontario Basketry Guild students how to make a small basket using Danish paper cord. The material was new to everyone and everyone completed at least one basket, and some even two. A nice way to spend a cold winter Saturday.