The Bamboo Basket Handbook

The Bamboo Basket Handbook is available at The Caning Shop, 926 Gilman Street, Berkeley.  $50.  800-544-3373.


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2016 Mexico’s Copper Canyon Tour

Tour Mexico’s Spectacular Copper Canyon!
8-10 Days of First Class Travel
February 20 – 29, 2016
(Begin and depart this 7-day tour from Phoenix or Tucson)

Misti Washington Gourd and Basket Guild will again travel to Mexico’s spectacular Copper Canyon.  There were rave reviews from everyone who went on the 2014 tour.

Four times larger than the Grand Canyon, ride 7,500 feet above sea level on the exhilarating “Train in the Sky” through the Canyon, visit beautifully restored colonial mansions, cruise the Sea of Cortez, and meet local Mayo Indians revealing ancient cultures merged with majestic cactus-strewn mountain scenery.  Click here for tour pricing and details.

Tour includes all meals, first class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms & private facilities with all hotel service charges, tips, baggage handling fees, and local taxes included; first class train journey aboard the El Chepe into Copper Canyon; luxury air-conditioned coach with on-board restroom; daily breakfast, 7 lunches, 6 evening meals; admission fees for all guided visits and included sightseeing per itinerary, plus airport transfers on Day 1 and 9 in Phoenix.  Click here for tour registration.


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“Who Done It” Gourd Art by Kelly

Kelly who done it.I put water in it and let it set overnight, then put rocks in it to clean out the inside, then set it out to dry on top of my husband’s workbench, outside.  When I got home, this is what was left!   – Janet Johnson

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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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