Saturday, September 17, 2016

September workshop with Dale Adamson

Instructor Dale Adamson taught students how to make a potato basket, a ribbed basket using one oak round handle. The sturdy structure allows for different shapes and sizes to create a basket for a variety of uses. Dale brought some of her beautifully hand-dyed reed to allow students to really customize the design.

Dale Adamson's hand-dyed reed
added lovely colour to the potato baskets.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

August workshop with Wanda Haydt

Wanda Haydt taught the Southwestern Ontario Basketry Guild students how to make a Step Basket using flat reed. Most of us were able to complete the basket during Saturday's workshop. This durable and practical basket will be very useful.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

June workshop with Nancy Hager

Guild member Nancy Hager taught the beautiful double-walled cats' head basket with a rolled border. The natural reed inner basket came together fairly quickly and the outer basket was then woven on top of it. The Guild had a very productive workshop. The baskets will be completed in July.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

May workshop with Karen Kotecki

Guild member Karen Kotecki introduced workshop participants to black ash as a weaving material. Many of us had never woven with black ash before and we discovered that it is smooth and silky to weave and very strong. We created a hand-shaped bowl with curled feet and ornamentation.  

Black ash splints (foreground) and antique black ash baskets.

Catherine completed her black ask bowl. 

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Art & Soul Basketry Retreat
September 30 - October 2, 2016

Sponsored by Southwestern Ontario Basketry Guild

Been weaving on your own? Ever been to that Canadian peninsula south of the Michigan thumb? Try something new with master American and Canadian teachers,  Jo Campbell Amsler and Joan Carrigan. Break bread and share ideas with compatible, friendly weavers in a beautiful peaceful setting for a retreat weekend on September 30 - October 2, 2016.

Our basketry retreat takes place on the peaceful bank of Lake Erie at the Holy Family Retreat House in lovely Harrow, Ontario, Canada. There are two work rooms for the classes. Each participant will have a bedroom with a sink; bathrooms/showers are shared. Food is prepared on the property. (If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know and every effort will be made to meet your needs.)

Weavers will meet at 5:30 pm Friday evening for registration and a meet-and-greet. Sandwich makings will be available, if needed. Then off to class 6:30-9:30pm. Saturday is a full day of weaving plus three meals and an evening programme. Sunday, we will be weaving in the morning with breakfast and lunch provided. This retreat weekend features 14 hours of instruction.

Jo Campbell-Amsler: Shadow Basket
(Skill level: Intermediate**)

Jo Campbell Amsler will teach the beautiful willow Shadow Basket. The basket design is based on the traditional Scottish Hen Basket, but the addition of sections of “coiled willow,” creates a lovely open lace design, which Jo calls “American Lace.” A variety of rib-style basketry techniques will be studied with an emphasis on shaping to create this form of basket (12" x 12"). For more information about Jo Campbell Amsler's work, please visit
$330CAD ($264USD) for non-Guild members. Cost includes instruction, materials, accommodation and food.
Maximum class size is 12 students.

Joan Carrigan: York Basket
(Skill level: Intermediate**)
Joan Carrigan, from British Columbia, will teach the York Basket. This rectangular basket features a variety of barks and natural materials of the Pacific Northwest and many weaving details. Choice of two sizes are available: the medium-sized 8" x 2.5" x 5" and the larger 8" x 5" x 5". For information about Joan Carrigan's work, please visit
Medium-sized basket $310 CAD ($248USD) OR large-sized basket $330CAD ($264USD) for non-Guild members. Cost includes instruction, materials, accommodation and food.
Maximum class size is 12 students.

**Intermediate skill level means you have made a number of baskets and are familiar with basic weaves.

Ready to register? Click here for the registration form. This PDF file will be viewable and printable in most web browsers. If you prefer, you can also download the file, open it in Adobe Reader or Preview (Mac users) and print.
Please complete all areas of the form and return to us by mail.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

March workshop with Catherine Devine and Lorna Garton

Guild members and instructors Catherine Devine and Lorna Garton taught us Flo Hoppe's Octogonal Flower Basket made with round reed. The beautiful and challenging base pattern took some time but all of our bases turned out nicely. We'll finish the basket next month.

Monday, March 14, 2016

February workshop with Nancy Latchford

Nancy Latchford introduced Guild members to random coiling basketry using rings. We all started some unique designs in a variety of colours and textures.

Friday, January 1, 2016

2016 program

The Southwestern Ontario Basketry Guild is working on the 2016 basketry workshop program. The year promises to be filled with new and challenging baskets and techniques. Please check this blog periodically for more details as they become available.

January 16
Open weave: Bring an unfinished basket and work on it here in the studio. Get help or advice from fellow weavers with for the tricky parts.

February 20
Nancy Latchford - Coiled Basket - all skill levels
Nancy Latchford will teach the techniques of the coiled basket using yarns, threads, embroidery flosses and also washers, shower curtains rings and a variety of other objects. Create a unique basket at this workshop.

March 19
Catherine Devine and Lorna Garton- Octogonal Flower Basket - intermediate skill level (two-month workshop)
Catherine Devine and Lorna Garton will teach the lovely, round reed Octogonal Flower Basket from Flo Hoppe’s book Contemporary Wicker Basketry.

April 16
Catherine Devine & Lorna Garton- Octogonal Flower Basket - intermediate skill level
Continuation of the March workshop.

May 21
Karen Kotecki - Ashton Black Ash Bowl - all skill levels
Learn to use black ash to weave a hand-shaped bowl with ash ornament and footing.

June 18
Nancy Hager - Cat's Head Basket - all skill levels (two-month workshop)
Nancy will teach how to weave a this sturdy, double-walled Cat's Head Basket with a rolled border using natural and hand-dyed reed.

July 16
Nancy Hager - Cat's Head Basket - all skill levels
Continuation of June workshop.

August 20
Wanda Haydt - Step Basket - all skill levels
Wanda Haydt will teach the step basket, a unique basket fitted to stairs.

September 17
Dale Adamson - Potato Basket  - all skill levels
Dale Adamson will teach students how to create a ribbed basket using one hoop made of oak. Different coloured reed will be available so students can choose their own colour scheme. The basket measures 7" high and 12" wide.

September 30 - October 2, 2016
Art & Soul Basketry Retreat
The Southwestern Ontario Basketry Guild is sponsoring a weekend basketry retreat in lovely Southwestern Ontario. Master American and Canadian weavers, Jo Campbell Amsler and Joan Carrigan will teach workshops. Click here for details and registration information.

October 15
Chris Matthews & Nancy Hager - Christmas ornaments - all skill levels
Chris Matthews and Nancy Hager will teach a variety of different Christmas ornaments you can weave. Nancy will teach the beautiful Scandinavian Christmas star pattern (pictured below).
Scandinavian Christmas Star

November 19
Instructor TBA - Basket Stocking - all skill levels
Students will learn how to weave a basket stocking using flat reed. A special stocking for the holiday season.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

November workshop with Nancy Flickinger

Teacher and Guild member Nancy Flickinger taught a sleigh basket workshop. She taught the class without a pattern, to encourage students to be more creative. The result was that every basket was very different and personal.

Once the base of the basket was woven to fit the sleigh rails... was up to the students to choose the pattern and colours for the rest of the basket.

Catherine sent a photo of her completed sleigh with a lovely rolled border.