Northwest Basket Weavers Retreat

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NWBW Retreat 2007 willow basket class

The Northwest Basket Weavers Guild has mailed out the registration information for the annual Spring Retreat. The Retreat is scheduled for March 24-28,2010 at the Pilgrim Firs Conference Center in Port Orchard, WA. There are 43 proposed classes to chose from as well as the opportunity to bring other projects for the open weaving area. This year’s featured teacher is Cass Schorsch who will be sharing her bark basketry techniques. She will also be presenting a slide show on Friday evening before the Gallery Gala.

As I mentioned in a previous post, Katherine Lewis will be teaching one two day willow basketry class at the Retreat. Katherine’s class is “Introduction to fitching” for intermediate weavers. You must be a member of the Guild to participate in the Retreat. All the information is available in the brochure which you can see at the Guild website, including color photos of the class baskets.

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Pleasant Ridge Rexville Gallery

Rexville Gallery Holiday Show

Katherine will be joining a wonderful group of artists for the Pleasant Ridge Rexville Gallery Holiday show on November 20-23. This temporary gallery comes together every November for a weekend at the Rexville Grange which is located at 19299 Rexville Grange Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273. Really the Grange Hall is west of Mount Vernon, closer to the town of La Conner, just around the corner from the Rexville Grocery.

Hopefully you can read the post card image to discover the great mix of artists and products that will be available. For basket lovers, there are two basketmakers involved – Katherine Lewis (of course) and Jane Hyde from Anacortes. There will be some outstanding pottery, paintings, jewelry, glass, turned-wood, felted hats, woven scarves, herbal products, and more.

There is a special treat at the opening Friday night from 6-8pm. Jessamyn Tuttle and Jon Nauert of Campbell Road will be playing Celtic music. Join many of the artists for  the music, drink, and conversation!

Campbell Road

Campbell Road

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Facebook page

Dunbar Gardens sign

Dunbar Gardens has finally hung our shingle out on Facebook. We have created a page and are looking for “fans”. Katherine and I are already Facebook members, but the DG page just went up. I have already uploaded a photo album of willow baskets by Katherine. I aim to keep the page updated with our events and links. There is a discussion tab where I encourage people to post questions and experiences about growing basketry willows, willow basketry, and basketmakers. Our wall is open for contributions. So if you are using Facebook check us out at Dunbar Gardens.

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NWBW March retreat preview

fitched willow shopper

fitched willow shopper

Katherine Lewis will be teaching a two day “Introduction to fitching” class at the Northwest Basket Weavers Guild annual Spring retreat. The dates for next year’s retreat are March 24 – 28, 2010. Katherine’s class will be offered on Thursday and Friday, March 25 & 26 with a limit of ten students. So if you’re interested, you’ll need to keep an eye out for the retreat brochure. By the way, you have to be a member of the group to attend. All the info is at their website.

In the class, students will weave a solid base on a hoop frame, and then scallom on half the stakes and bye-stake the rest into the waling. This will allow enough stakes to learn fitching without spending all day scalloming! We’ll fitch around the basket twice; giving weavers plenty of practice learning this technique. The basket is finished with more waling, a 5-rod border and handle to make a beautiful oval shopper. Everyone will leave with a finished basket because Katherine plans her class time so that all students are able to finish the project in class. However this class is only recommended for weavers with experience with willow.

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