|Day Guild||September 13, 2010||Black Ash Basketry, from Traditional to Contemporary|
|Evening Guild||September 14, 2010||Black Ash Basketry from Tree to Basket|
Day Meeting: JoAnn will give us an introduction to black ash splint processing. The focus will be on examples of traditional baskets and techniques used in Shaker and Native American Baskets. Also included will be the contemporary work of basketmakers today.
Evening Meeting: Discover the magic of weaving with wood. Topics will cover tree selection and harvesting, splint processing, creating wooden molds, handle and rim making, and weaving a basket. Also included will be slides of JoAnn's work.
Workshop: Black Ash Basketry Sunday, 9/12, 9am-5pm
In this one-day workshop JoAnn will teach participants to make either of two 6" diameter Shaker cathead baskets: the Classic Cat Basket or the Shorty Cat basket. Each of these classic baskets uses basic black ash splint basketry techniques, including the cat ears base, chase weaving and lashing a hardwood rim. The Classic Cat basket also has a handle. JoAnn will supply all the materials and tools required to complete the basket, including the use of a wooden mold. Bring a lunch or plan for a short lunch break at a nearby restaurant. The cost of the workshop is $75. The materials fee, payable to instructor, is $62 for the Classic Cat Basket, or $52.00 for the Shorty Cat Basket. This workshop is limited to 12 basketweavers, with a weaving level of beginner through advanced.
JoAnn Kelly Catsos is an award-winning black ash splint basketmaker and teacher from Western Massachusetts. JoAnn's designs are influenced by traditional Shaker and New England splint basketry, and woven on molds made with help from her woodworker husband, Steve. She has been teaching basketry full time for 25 years. Her teaching venues include art and craft schools, fiber/basketry conferences, local guilds and private groups across the country. JoAnn's baskets have won numerous awards, her baskets are in many private and public collections and are featured in a number of books and magazines. In 1999 JoAnn was honored to have an ornament on the official White House Christmas Tree. She received her Certificate of Excellence in Basketmaking: Level I from the Handweavers Guild of America in 2003.
JoAnn and Steve process splint from black ash trees harvested near their home in the southern Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. They also make the wooden molds, handles, and rims needed for each basket. Her baskets are based on traditional Shaker and native New England utilitarian styles and have evolved into smaller, more finely woven, intricately patterned vessels. Weaving high quality miniatures with splint 1/64 of an inch wide is a challenge, but incredibly rewarding. JoAnn's goal is to maintain the highest quality of craftsmanship possible in her miniature and other black ash splint baskets. Check out these fantastic baskets at JoAnn's website.
|Day Guild||October 11, 2010||Great Garments for Handwoven Cloth|
|Evening Guild||October 12, 2010||
Day Meeting: Daryl has a whirlwind lecture for us: covering sett choices, finishing fabric, color and inspirtation, fitting and basic sewing techniques with handwoven fabrics. Hold onto your seats!
Evening Meeting: Explore and experience creative ways to use every precious bit of handwoven scraps. Some require sewing, some agule gun. Some ideas become great garmes, others can be sent through the mail. Lots of ideas and lots of handouts.
Workshop: Saturday & Sunday, 9/10-11, 8am-4pm, East Boulder Senior Center
The Jumpstart Vest Using Handwoven Fabric
Dust off your sewing machine and jumpstart your skills. This simple lined vest is custom fit, guaranteed to look great, and will teach you the basics of garment construction. Great for handweavers, felters, and surface designers, this vest looks good in all fabrics. All levels are welcome. The workshop cost is $120 plus a materials fee of $25. To reserve a space in this workshop, send a $60 deposit to the Program Coordinator, remainder of fee is due in Early October. Participants will be constructing the vest from their own handmade fabric. Fabrics should have a consistent beat, a firm but drapeable hand. Limit 14 participants, so sign up early.
Daryl Lancaster received her BA cum laude degree in Fine Arts in 1977 from Montclair State College, Montclair, NJ and has been actively working since then as a weaver/fiber artist. Comfortable with the sewing machine for more than forty years, she spent 10 years as a production craftswoman, selling her handwoven clothing in craft markets and galleries throughout the United States. She teaches garment construction and related topics to weavers and other fiber enthusiasts across North America. In addition, she exhibits her artwork in galleries across the country. She was the Contributing Features Editor for six years, for Handwoven Magazine from Interweave Press and wrote the Fashion and Color Forecast Column. She currently writes a monthly column for the online Weavezine Magazine. For more detailed information, visit her website.
|Day Guild||November 8, 2010||Donna Brown & Betsy Blumenthal/Margaret Tullis|
|Evening Guild||November 9, 2010||Donna Brown & Betsy Blumenthal/Margaret Tullis|
Donna and Betsy will report on their research on natural dyeing on cellulose fibers. Margaret will report on her attendance at Convergence in Tampa Bay to explore feltmaking, including felted scarves and felt jewelry.
|December 13, 2010||Holiday Potluck Luncheon & Fashion Show|
|Evening Guild||December 14, 2010||Holiday Potluck Dinner & Ornament Exchange|
Day Guild will meet at the usual location. Please bring your own utensils, plate, etc., and a dish to share.
Evening Guild will meet at Shuttles, Spindles & Skeins, at 6:30pm. Please bring your dinner service, a dish to share, and a handmade, wrapped ornament to exchange.