Pine Needle Coiling on Gourd Class

Toni Best will be teaching a Pine Needle Coiling on Gourd class at Cecile Garrison’s lovely ranch-studio in Visalia on Saturday, February  11 from 9 to 3 at 12944 Ave. 320, 1/4 mile west of Ben Maddox in Visalia. CA.
Students will receive a class-ready gourd, Southern long-leaf pine needles and 4-ply Irish waxed linen for their creation. The gourds have been cleaned, cut, sanded, dyed and finished with a clear hard-coat to protect it from fingerprints. Holes have been drilled around the cut edge enabling students to focus on stitching techniques. This will truly be a relaxing, fun-filled day.
Students will be able to select between three stitches: a single stitch, the V stitch, or the wheat stitch. If the student is not able to complete the project during class, they will receive enough materials to complete it at home. Handouts will be provided.
The cost per students is $65 for the class and $35 for materials.  Please contact Toni at (559) 627-5430 or (559) 403-6904 (cell) or
Toni Best
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New Art! Linda Tapscott

Exploring materials such as kelp, wire, and cardboard in my new body of work (11 pieces) which will be at Arc Gallery, San Francisco, from January 14th to February 18th.
The opening reception will be on Saturday, January 14 from 7-9pm.
A panel discussion with the artists will be held on Sunday, February 5 at 2pm.
Check out the Arc Gallery!


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In-Person Basket Weaving with Charlie Kennard, 2023.

For description of baskets, schedule and location contact Charlie at

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A Heap of Bottoms from Lois Russell’s Workshop

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Sierra Rock

This knotted piece by Nancy Briemle was inspired by the granite rocks in the Sierras.  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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Nancy and Sandy Make Us Laugh

Hi, BABM ladies.  I thought I’d share this video I took of Nancy and Sandy last year at our basket-retreat at Heidelmann Lodge making Bee jokes while making baskets.  Some of you may have seen it before, but they are soooo funny, I thought all of you might enjoy it again.

Kim Bacon

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Felting with Carin Engen at Heidelmann Lodge Retreat 2009

Felting Fun at Heidelmann – making scarfs, vessels, and booties

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