Minnesota Basket Weaver's Guild

Class Schedule for 2016 / 2017

Please register in advance for all classes, so that the instructors can plan for adequate supplies.

Annual Holiday Party - Saturday December 10, 2016

Description Time
MBWG Annual
Christmas Party






Weave a gift basket for the Alexander House (weaving supplies will be available), enjoy a pot luck, participate in the MBWG Annual Meeting, AND enjoy a basket exchange!

Bring a food item for the potluck and a basket for the exchange.  This is a fun seasonal weaving / eating / chatting / gift exchange event you will not want to miss!

8:30- Noon
Saturday January 28, 2017
  Description Dimension Cost Instructor Time Level Tools

Seagrass Doublewall

Weave 2/2 twill base with color and natural reeds, stop and start the inside wall with color. Chase weave the outer wall with 2 pieces of #0 seagrass. Incorprate a piece of #6 round reed to the rimming and lashing process. Lash with artificial sinew.

Created by Anne Bowers - modified by Roxanne Miller

9" x 9" x 4" $40  Roxanne Miller

5-6 hours

Intermediate

Regular basket tools (spray bottle, bucket for water, towel, scissors, awl, and clothespins)

  Description Dimension Cost Instructor Time Level Tools

Charm Basket Necklace

In this workshop you'll learn how to make a miniature vessel using a knotless netting technique. This technique of repetitive stitching offers a very relaxing process that is also very portable. We'll be using waxed linen for this project. Bring your special beads that have been sitting in a box or someplace special because they were too special to use. This is a perfect place to treasure them as you wear them. A three or four-strand braid will finish off the neckpiece nicely. I made my first charm basket necklace over 20 years ago, and it is as fresh as the day it was made. Bring beads that will slide onto 4-ply waxed linen and a sharp small scissors. Instructor will have extra small bags of beads for sale.

Created by Tressa Sularz
Approximately 2" x 2" $45
(beads are extra, $5 to $10)
Tressa Sularz 6 hours All Levels are welcome Small scissors, awl, needle, and clothespins. Your own rocks/beads to add if you want to.
Description Time
Open Weave Table


Have a project that you want to finish but need help? Or just want to talk about baskets? Check out the Open Weave Table.

9am - 3pm (approximate)
Saturday February 25, 2017
  Description Dimension Cost Instructor Time Level Tools

Potato Basket

This is a classic rib basket woven on a 12” hoop that is made to carry and store items. Traditionally used to hold potatoes, it can be used for anything from yarn to dog treats! The finished basket will be approximately 12x8 This basket is appropriate for every skill level and is a good beginner rib basket. This basket will take 6 hours to complete. Skills used in this basket are; a unique lashing, adding ribs, learning how to weave “short rows”, forming a handle short of the rim, weaving with a variety of materials for texture and color, and how to stop and start different materials.

Modified by Della Pleski
Approximately 12"x18" $50  Della Pleski

6 hours

All levels are welcome

Regular basket tools (spray bottle, bucket for water, towel, scissors, awl, and clothespins)

  Description Dimension Cost Instructor Time Level Tools

Jasper - Twined Basket

Let's explore some possibilities using an ancient twining technique and cotton cord. This is a class for individuals that prefer to work with a slow and tedious technique and material. You'll learn a satisfying way to twine with the repetitiveness creating a relaxing process. This project is inviting to pick up and take with you. I like that it's so portable. No soaking materials, no dying materials, and the project will fit in a small container to take with. You'll add a row or so of large-eyed stone beads, which comes with an extra cost of $12 - $14/strand (approximately 40 beads). A nice variety to choose from-Rose Quartz, Aventurine, Yellow Jade, Jasper, and others. You might want to find your own beads, which would need a hole size of 1.5 mm to allow the fiber to go through the center. Size varies, approximately 3” x 5”.
The photo is a sample, and is much larger than will be made in class because of time. You will see how to finish your piece before class is finished. Twining experience helpful!
Created by Tressa Sularz
3"x5" $45 (beads are extra, strands $12 to $14) Tressa Sularz 6 hours All Levels are welcome Small scissors, awl, needle, and clothespins. Your own rocks/beads to add if you want to.
Description Time
Open Weave Table


Have a project that you want to finish but need help? Or just want to talk about baskets? Check out the Open Weave Table.

9am - 3pm (approximate)
Saturday March 25, 2017
  Description Dimension Cost Instructor Time Level Tools

Oval Sieve

A remake on a classic style willow basket, the Oval Sieve is easy in construction and easy to weave. The double rim frame is made of willow with hand finished wood bars in a choice of woods such as walnut, oak and cherry. This is a very functional and beautiful basket. An excellent basket to experience that first time "feel of willow."

Created by Jo Campbell-Amsler

Please note: for this class, the regisration deadline is January 31, 2017 to give time for the instructor to prepare materials.
15"L x 11" W x 2.5" H $120  Jo Campbell-Amsler

8 hours

Beginner

Regular basket tools (spray bottle, bucket for water, towel, scissors, awl, and clothespins); sharp knife, 1 ft square of leather or demin scrap, and small pruners. Work apron is an option
  Description Dimension Cost Instructor Time Level Tools

A Little Twist

There is something magical about baskets and this one is no exception. Learn to blend colors by using copper strips and copper wires for spokes and fine colored wire as a twining material. The basket makes "a little twist" as new spokes are added. A basket that will capture your imagination and bring a little of that magic into your life.

Created by Marilyn Moore
1.75" x 2" $125 Marilyn Moore 6 hours Beginner Small wire cutters, chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, small straight packing tool, nylon jaw pliers, embroidery needles
size 1-5, personal light, and extension cord.
Description Time
Open Weave Table


Have a project that you want to finish but need help? Or just want to talk about baskets? Check out the Open Weave Table.

9am - 3pm (approximate)
Saturday April 29, 2017
  Description Dimension Cost Instructor Time Level Tools

Weaving the Local Landscape

Explore some techniques of traditional stake and strand willow basketry while incorporating a fun twist: bark! Working with willow shoots and your choice of bark, create a unique basket that reflects Minnesota’s landscape. Students will begin with a pre-made base, and have a variety of barks to choose from and incorporate. Material harvest and preparation will be discussed. Approximately 10"W x 7"H $75  Emily Derke

5 hours

Advanced Beginner

Regular basket tools (spray bottle, bucket for water, towel, scissors, awl, and clothespins); pruning shears, and a knife. Some tools will be available for loan.
  Description Dimension Cost Instructor Time Level Tools

Black Forest Twill

Dark chocolate brown spokes paired with deep spruce green twill for contrast. We use very narrow natural reed to weave a continuous twill, then accent with triple twining. The mid rows are deep spruce green, upwards we go. A swinging handle and tri-lashing the rim completes our basket. Showy and beautiful.

Created by Ellie Lida
13" long x 9.5" wide x 9" high + handle $67 Ellie Lida 6 hours All Levels are welcome Regular basket tools (spray bottle, bucket for water, towel, scissors, awl, and clothespins)
Description Time
Open Weave Table


Have a project that you want to finish but need help? Or just want to talk about baskets? Check out the Open Weave Table.

9am - 3pm (approximate)
Saturday May 20, 2017
  Description Dimension Cost Instructor Time Level Tools

Trifecta

A sweet little bowl with black wooden base, bright spokes, black weavers and rim. Lashed with black thread and embellished with a few beads.

Modified by Jo Guttormson
Approximately 6" x 8" $31  Jo Guttormson

4-5 hours

All Levels are welcome

Regular basket tools (spray bottle, bucket for water, towel, scissors, awl, and clothespins)
Description Time
Open Weave Table


Have a project that you want to finish but need help? Or just want to talk about baskets? Check out the Open Weave Table.

9am - 3pm (approximate)
Saturday September 23, 2017
  Description Dimension Cost Instructor Time Level Tools

Pine Needle Basket with 2 Slices

This visually appealing basket is made with glycerine treated long pine needles (10-14”) utilizing 2 slices of black walnut as the base. Imitation sinew is used to stitch it together. The dimensions are approximately 4”L x 1.75” H x 3”W. Individual baskets may vary.

Created by Jill Scarpari
4”L x 1.75” H x 3”W $35  Jill Scarpari

6-7 hours

Beginner

Regular basket tools (spray bottle, bucket for water, towel, scissors, awl, and clothespins). Be sure the scissors are sharp!
Description Time
Open Weave Table


Have a project that you want to finish but need help? Or just want to talk about baskets? Check out the Open Weave Table.

9am - 3pm (approximate)
 18th Annual Basket Bingo - Saturday October 28, 2017
  Description Cost Time
2014 Basket Bingo

The 18th annual Basket Bingo Fundraiser. Play bingo and win baskets! Come and enjoy fun door prizes, food and a raffle. Bring your friends and family, this event is always a lot of fun! Don't miss it!

 

Doors open at 11:a.m.

Bingo starts at noon

Saturday November 18, 2017
  Description Dimension Cost Instructor Time Level Tools

It's a Charm

This personalized double wall basket begins with a double slot wood base. The inner basket weaves up fast to allow time for the personalization on the outside basket. Bring memories from a vacation, pet, event or loved one. Mine is made with items from my Mother's jewelry box. I have a large assortment of items for you to use if you prefer. Students may bring items to add to the basket. There will be lots of unique attachment skills will be learned.

Created by Shirley Mount
Approximately 5" x 6" $40 Shirley Mount

6 hours

All Levels are welcome

Regular basket tools (bucket for water, towel, scissors, awl, and clothespins). Bring your embellishments to add to your basket!
Description Time
Open Weave Table


Have a project that you want to finish but need help? Or just want to talk about baskets? Check out the Open Weave Table.

9am - 3pm (approximate)

Annual Holiday Party - Saturday December 9, 2017

Description Time
MBWG Annual
Christmas Party






Weave a gift basket for the Alexander House (weaving supplies will be available), enjoy a pot luck, participate in the MBWG Annual Meeting, AND enjoy a basket exchange!

Bring a food item for the potluck and a basket for the exchange.  This is a fun seasonal weaving / eating / chatting / gift exchange event you will not want to miss!

8:30- Noon
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