Saturday, February 18, 2017

2017 program

The Southwestern Ontario Basketry Guild is working on the 2017 basketry workshop program. The year promises to be filled with new and challenging baskets and techniques. Please check back as the program is finalized.

January 21
Martina Obersat - Onion/garlic basket - all skill levels
This open-weave basket is the perfect addition to any kitchen! Not only is it a lovely form but very functional--allowing good air circulation around garlic or onions to maintain freshness for weeks.
Students will learn to work with Danish cord, a tightly woven paper cord traditionally used to weave Scandinavian modern chair seat and how to hand-shape the form. This basket is surprisingly sturdy! The basket height measures about six inches (eight inches to top of handle) and the opening is about four inches and decorated with waxed linen and beans (choice of colours).

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Hanging basket for garlic or small onions, woven with Danish cord.
February 18
Nancy Hager - Small-handled basket - all skill levels
Learn to weave a 2/2 twill with a Japanese weave in this small-handled basket. The handle is attached and wrapped with caning. This lovely catch-all is the perfect size (3 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 7" tall) for a hostess gift.
Small-handled basket with a 2/2 twill pattern.

March 18
Edy Marlatt - Wet felted bowl - all skill levels
Create a small, multilayered basket or bowl using the wet felting technique. Make an unusual woolen basket using a traditional felting technique.

April 15
No workshop today.

May 20
Karen Kotecki - Braided mirror - all skill levels
Mirror itself is 9” diameter; 10-1/2” diameter with braid
Use your round reed skills to weave a basket around a mirror! Start on the back to create the woven cage that captures the mirror. Set up a base, twine to secure, then split spokes into two with simple twining. Learn to add a spoke to start the 3-rod waling that will split the spokes into singles. Finish with multiple rows of waling, just enough to bring you to the edge and form the pockets for the bi-spoking.
With all spokes added, turn the mirror over to work on the front side. Back to simple twining to capture and space the spokes, now worked in groups of three. A simple braid technique curves the spokes outward toward the edge of the mirror. Secure with a twined arrow color accent. One final step finishes the horse shoe braid. A burlap ribbon hanger makes it ready for your special place.
 The mirror is specially prepared by Karen with an added cork backing to deter breakage and cling film on the front to prevent possible scratching during weaving.
Braided mirror using round reed.
Braided mirror using round reed (back).
June 17 - Dale Adamson - Gourd gesso - all skill levels
Students will be able to artistically decorate a gourd using alcohol inks and learn how to coil with paper twist or kumihimo braid (learn how to weave a kumihimo braid).

Decorated gourd with coiled rims and handles.

July 15 - Martina Obersat - Random weave basket

August 19 - Edy Marlatt - Dyeing workshop 

September 16 - Nancy Hager - Six-point star basket
Nancy Hager will teach the beautiful six-point star basket using flat reed. Learn to create a hexagonal weave base and the sides of the basket are a sturdy plain weave. Basket dimensions are about 8 1/2" base and 4" height with the opening about 10".

Six-point star basket.

October 21

November 18

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.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

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

The Art & Soul Basketry Retreat was a great success! Master weavers Jo Campbell-Amsler (Iowa) and Joan Carrigan (British Columbia) shared their new techniques and designs using home-grown Ontario willow and Pacific Northwest cedar. We received 14 hours of instruction, plus friendship building and good food in a beautiful setting with members and friends from far and wide. We are looking forward to the next retreat.

All retreat participants posing with finished (or mostly finished) baskets.

Joan Carrigan teaching her York Basket using a variety of barks, grasses and sedges.

 The willow weavers group with teacher Jo Campbell-Amsler.

Jo Campbell-Amsler teaching her Shadow Basket using Ontario-grown willow.

A bonus weaving session was organized for Saturday evening. Karen Kotecki (above) and Debbie Mroczenski (below) taught us how to wrap rocks with cane and reed. 

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.