Bay Area Basket Makers Exhibit at San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

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West County Fiber Arts Workshops

WCFA offers a variety of workshops in fiber arts.

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Berry Gathering Basket with Charlie Kennard

October 14. Weave a Berry Gathering Basket with Charlie Kennard. 9-4 p.m. Through Point Reyes National Seashore Association, Field Institute Classes. or (415) 663-1200 x 307.

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Pine Needle Basketry with Nadine Spier

Nadine Spier will be teaching a pine needle basketry workshop October 20-22, 2017, at the Pacific Northwest Art School in Coupeville, Washington,
All skill levels welcome. She individualizes her instruction to each student’s interest and skill level. It will be 3-days of fun, exploration, discovery and a mastering of basketry skills. Some examples of what you can learn include basic coiling, free form sculptural work, a variety of fancy starts, beadwork, handles, lids, and much much more. You can learn more about Nadine and see the type of basketry she teaches in this recent interview

Any questions, feel free to contact Nadine at
or (760) 944-9369. Her website is

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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.

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Birch Bark Fun at Heidelmann Retreat 2011 with Deb Curtis

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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.

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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.
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Pine Needle Basket by Stephanie Dwiggins

Stephanie Dwiggins

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New DVD – Advanced Basket Weaving with Nadine Spier

Nadine just released her new DVD “Advanced Basket Weaving with Nadine Spier” which is a sequel do her first DVD “Basket Weaving Essentials with Nadine Spier.”  
I have both DVDs and just finished watching the second one.  The instructions are very good with clear camera shots of technique.  The setting has beautiful backdrop views of her garden, and then there are her sculptural baskets – stunningly beautiful.
If you want to see more of Nadine’s work, click on her name under Resources/Classes on the sidebar of this website.
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