Willow Basket Classes with Bonnie Gale at The Caning Shop in Berkeley

Caning Shop CA workshop October 2014.2

October 25 and 26.  For more information and to register, please call 1-800-544-3373.  To view the class brochure, click on the blue-lighted link above.

Posted in Resources/Classes, Workshops | Leave a comment

A talk with Bonnie Gale

2014.10.22 Bonnie Gale Lecture – The Potential of Living Willow Structures in the Landscape
Wednesday, October 22, from 7 to 8:30 pm at the San Francisco Waldorf School.  Click on the link above for more information.  Bonnie is a professional willow basketmaker and willow artist.


Posted in Resources/Classes, Workshops | Tagged | Leave a comment

New Book. Pine Spirit – A modern approach to the ancient art of coiled basket making by Sande Rowan

This is a clear and beautifully illustrated, step-by-step guide to coiling for the beginner, as well as for those who wish to explore more advanced techniques.  Sande is a member of the Bay Area Basket Makers and the Redwood Guild of Handweavers.  She lives in Santa Rosa.

Posted in Books | Leave a comment

Wicker Basketry by Flo Hoppe. Reprinted 2012.

“With its irresistible combination of form and function, wicker basketry has captivated artisans for hundreds of years. Use these timeless techniques to make elegant and practical baskets for modern use.  Whether you are a beginner or experienced weaver, illustrated step-by-step instructions offer a range of techniques and tips for making both round and oval bases, making handles, preparing to weave, and adding color.  Projects include a simple plant basket, a bread basket with beads, a lidded sewing basket, and a large double-handled shopping basket.  A glossary of basketry terms, a listing of suppliers, and instructions for designing your own basket is included.  This book is great for weavers and crafters of all skill.”

Posted in Books | Leave a comment

New Book. New and Different Materials for Weaving and Coiling by Marianne Barnes

An ever-widening range of materials is being used by today’s crafters to weave and coil baskets and to decorate gourds. Over 350 color images display the raw materials, techniques for their use, and final works of art created with them. Along with traditional materials such as reeds, white oak, ash, vines, plants, grasses, and bark, kudzu, grapevines, iris, sweetgrass, paper and wire provide new possibilities. Information is included on where to find natural materials, and how to collect and prepare them for weaving. Exciting uses for alternative materials are also explored, including wire, mesh, and recycled materials. Tutorials and projects from well-known weavers and gourd artists, along with an extensive list of resources, make this book a must have for weavers, crafters, and anyone with a passion for handcrafted fiber art.

Posted in Books | Leave a comment

Rock of Ages

This knotted piece by Nancy Briemle was inspired by the granite rocks in the Sierras and took 12 years to complete.  Waxed linen and metallic threads are knotted over a carved Styrofoam base with lid.

Posted in Members, Photos | 2 Comments

Birch Bark Fun at Heidelmann Retreat 2011 with Deb Curtis

Posted in Resources/Classes, Workshops | Leave a comment

How to Weave Authentic Hawaiian Lauhala Bracelets

Aloha.  Here is the newest book by Jim Widess.  Hot off the press.  How to Weave Authentic Hawaiian Lauhala Bracelets.  For weavers who don’t live in Hawaii, there are lots of materials that can be substituted to weave the patterns in this book.  Jim says this was a really fun project and he hopes it helps keep weaving alive on Hawaii. You can find Jim on Facebook and share your reviews of his new book.

Posted in Books | Leave a comment

Gourds + Fiber by Ginger Summit and Jim Widess

I just got this book and love it.  It shows beautiful artwork and step-by-step instructions on technique. The featured artists include BABM members Cookie Cala, Cookie Hansen, Carola Farthing, Jennifer Wool, and Patricia Berry.  Congratulations.
Posted in Books, Gourds, Members, Resources/Classes | 2 Comments

Pine Needle Basket by Stephanie Dwiggins

Stephanie Dwiggins

Posted in Members, Photos | 2 Comments