The Northeast Basketmakers Guild is holding
its Virtual Spring Gathering on
April 23, 24, and 25, 2021.
Registration for classes is closed to give the teachers time to mail out the kits. Please let us know (NBGGatheringCoordinator@gmail.com) if you haven’t received your kit by April 19.
We have an exciting weekend planned! NBG members as well as Gathering students are welcome to join us for all events. Zoom links will be posted on the Members Only page of the website, and will be emailed to all Gathering students.
Our Zoom Social Hour will be held from 5:30- 6:30 PM on Friday evening. We will have breakout rooms to accommodate smaller groups, and a big group for those who dare. Meet up with all of those people who you usually see at the Gathering. Say hello to new friends. Find other people who share your passions. You supply the wine and cheese, we provide the great company.
Join us for our Annual Meeting on Saturday evening from 5:30 – 6:30. Find out what is going on in the Guild. Listen to reports from all of the committees. Ask any questions you have. We will also announce the winners of the Exhibit competition at this time.
Enter your best basket in our virtual Exhibit. There will be cash prizes in three categories. All Gathering attendees will be able to vote for their favorite baskets. Awards will be announced during the Annual Meeting on Saturday at 5:30 PM
|Novice||Members who have been weaving two years or less|
|General||Members how have been weaving for more than two years|
|Professional||Members who earn money either selling their baskets or teaching basketry|
To enter your basket in the Exhibit, please send an email to NBGGatheringCoordinator@gmail.com and include:
- One to three photographs of your basket. Please send the best resolution that you can (any photo that is less than 300 PX on the short side will not look good).
- The title of your basket
- The category for your basket
- The materials that your basket is made of
- The techniques used in your basket
- Your name (this will not be shown during the voting)
During lunch and when classes have finished for the day we have five interesting experiences lined up:
Join Anne for an informative talk about the Basketry School and Basketry Festival in Lichtenfels, Germany. She attended as a visitor in 2016 and would love to share with you some pictures taken during her trip. You will see vendors at the festival, giant sculptures made from willow, willow being sold, how the town is decorated and the school which has a 4 year accredited program exclusively for basket makers. Who knows? You might want to go to the festival some day!
Exploring the Possibilities of Rib Basketry
This demonstration will take a look at traditional shapes of rib baskets such as the Egg Basket, Hen Basket, Potato Basket and Key Basket. It will then move into more artistic uses of ribs to create new shapes and using a variety of items found in nature.
From Stash To Treasure
Hear about Kate’s joy of returning home from a Gathering with a finished project and the excitement of weaving down your stash. See a tour of my studio-the cabinets where she hides her stash-and a project from her stash.
Jes will explain how willow is harvested and prepared. Then she will demonstrate the techniques that she uses to create her amazing willow baskets.
Peggy will demonstrate how the triaxial weave is constructed (and why they call it “Mad Weave”). She’ll show you her technique for the flat base, and let you in on the secret of the corners.
All classes will be held on Zoom. NBG has been holding Zoom classes since July, 2020. The classes have been well attended, and enthusiastically received. Some students find it easier to learn over zoom because it is easier to see when the teacher demonstrates. The teacher will send out a kit for the basket two weeks before the class, so there will be plenty of time for the kit to get to you. Please sign up before April 9, 2021 so that you will receive your kit in time. Then on the day of the class, you connect to zoom and you’ll see your teacher and all of your classmates. If you would like to talk to a student who has taken a Zoom class, just ask!
In order to successfully take a Zoom class, you need to have a computer, tablet (or phone?) connected to a reliable internet connection. You do not need to have a Zoom account. We will have a free Introduction to Zoom class on March 27 from 10AM to noon. Please email Peggy Thrasher (firstname.lastname@example.org) to find out how to attend that class.
When possible, we will record the classes and make the recordings available to students who are enrolled in the class.
You need to be a member of the Guild to take these classes. If you paid your membership fee in January of 2020, you are still a member! You can join the Guild here if you are not a member yet.
We have a special offer for people who have not yet joined the Guild yet, so that you can try us out to see if you want to join. You can take one class without signing up for Guild membership. After your first class, we’re pretty sure that you will want to join.
Class Skill Levels
When signing up for your classes, please be very careful about the skill levels and prerequisites listed for each class. We want you and your classmates to all have a good experience. If you are not sure if you are ready for a particular class, send us an email and we’ll help you to figure out if it will be a good fit for you.
As a general rule, follow this guide
|First Basket||Weaver has never woven a basket before.|
|Beginner||Weaver has little or no experience with the materials being used for that project. For instance, if you are an intermediate reed weaver but have never worked with pine needles before, then consider yourself a beginner for a pine needle class.|
|Intermediate||Weaver is skilled at basic techniques with the materials being used.|
|Advanced||Weaver has mastered all of the basic skills and is ready to try new techniques, fibers, shaping, and creative methods.|
You can pay for your classes with a credit card through PayPal (you do not need to have a PayPal account) or you can make out a check to “NBG” and mail it to:
56 Florence Ave
Arlington, MA 02476
So what are the classes?
Please sign up before April 9, 2021 so that you will receive your kit in time.
We have six great teachers joining us for this event:
|Friday AM||8:30 – 12:30||Mini Market Basket||Pamela Wilson||Intermediate|
|9:00-12:00||Beginner Spiral Twill Basket (Part 1)||Robin Ingram||First Basket, Beginner|
|Friday PM||1:30 – 4:30||Peripheral (Part 1)||Annetta Kraayeveld||Intermediate, Advanced|
|1:30 – 4:30||Theme and Variation (Part 1)||Pamela Wilson||Advanced|
|2:00 – 4:00||Beginner Spiral Twill Basket (Part 2)||Robin Ingram||First Basket/Beginner|
|Saturday AM||8:30 – 12:30||Woven Cruet||Pamela Wilson||All|
|9:00 – 12:00||Madras Planter (Part 1)||Kathy Pentronzio||Beginner|
|9:00-12:00||Ombre Knots (Part 1)||Annetta Kraayeveld||Intermediate, Advanced|
|Saturday PM||1:30-4:30||Madras Planter (Part 2)||Kathy Pentronzio||Beginner|
|1:30-4:30||Peripheral (Part 2)||Annetta Kraayeveld||Intermediate, Advanced|
|1:30 – 5:30||Nature’s Garden (Part 1)||Linda Scherz||Beginner|
|1:30-5:30||Theme and Variation (Part 2)||Pamela Wilson||Advanced|
|Sunday AM||9:00-11:00||New England Porch Weave Stool||Sue Muldoon||All/First Basket|
|9:00 – 12:00||Ombre Knots (Part 2)||Annetta Kraayeveld||Intermediate, Advanced|
|9:00-12:00||Daily Bread (Part 1)||Pamela Wilson||Advanced Beginner|
|Sunday PM||1:30 – 4:30||Daily Bread (Part 2)||Pamela Wilson||Advanced Beginner|
|1:30 – 5:30||Paper Japanese Scoop||Annetta Kraayeveld||Intermediate, Advanced|
|1:30 – 5:30||Nature’s Garden (Part 2)||Linda Scherz||Beginner|