The Northeast Basketmakers Guild is holding
its Virtual Spring Gathering on
April 29, 30 and May 1, 2022.
Sign up for classes by April 14 so that the teachers have time to send out the kits.
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. Vote for our new officers. 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 email@example.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)
We will have a number of short talks scheduled during the weekend. Please contact Gail Hanlon firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to give a talk.
12:30 – 1:15
Peggy will talk about the copper class she took at the John C. Campbell Folk School. She will talk about the properties of copper, how different colors and textures can be obtained, and what it is like to weave with copper.
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 14, 2022 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. Please email Peggy Thrasher (email@example.com) 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.
NBG Members receive free registration. You can join the Guild here if you are not a member yet.
Non-members may take our classes also, but there is a $10 registration fee for each class. Since NBG membership is only $25, it quickly becomes cost effective to join. NBG membership also gives you access to the first chance to sign up for classes and our interesting newsletter.
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:
20 Pamela Rd
Portland, ME 04103.
So what are the classes?
Please sign up before April 14, 2022 so that you will receive your kit in time.
We have five great teachers joining us for this event:
|Friday AM||9:00 – 12:00||To Market (Part 1)||Pamela Wilson||All|
|10:00-12:00||Tenerife Designing on a Gourd (Part 1)||Jane Wilson||All|
|Friday PM||1:30 – 4:30||To Market (Part 2)||Pamela Wilson||All|
|1:30 – 5:30||Tenerife Designing on a Gourd (Part 2)||Jane Wilson||All|
|Saturday AM||8:30 – 12:30||Ribbon & Lace (Part 1)||Pamela Wilson||Advanced|
|Saturday PM||1:30-4:30||Josephine Basket (Part 1)||Sue Muldoon||Intermediate|
|1:30-4:45||Twined Rosette Earrings (Part 1)||Cael Chappell||Intermediate|
|1:30 – 5:30||Happy Scrappy||Robin Ingram||Beginner, First Basket|
|Sunday AM||8:30-12:30||Ribbon & Lace (Part 2)||Pamela Wilson||Advanced|
|9:00 – 11:00||Porch Weave Stool||Sue Muldoon||Beginner|
|Sunday PM||1:30 – 4:30||Josephine Basket (Part 2)||Sue Muldoon||Intermediate|
|1:30 – 4:45||Twined Rosette Earrings (Part 2)||Cael Chappell||Intermediate|
|1:30 – 5:30||Round Reed Fruit Bowl||Pamela WIlson||Intermediate|