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Basketmaster's Weavings is about my passions, much of which revolves around basket weaving. I weave with reed and I love teaching others to weave. Many of the patterns and styles that I show in the blog are geared to the beginning weaver, or even the brand new weaver. If you have been thinking about wanting to learn to weave, then this blog is for you. Throughout the blog and videos I take you step by step through each and every process of weaving. I want you to be successful in weaving the very first time you try. For the intermediate and advanced weaver, my wish is that you take ideas that I show, mix them up a bit, and incorporate them into your own beautiful creations.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Baskets From Nature Workshop with Donna Sakamoto Crispin

Dear Friends,
I've been in contact with award winning basket weaver Donna Sakamoto Crispin and do I have some exciting news for you. If you are in the Southwest in the next few of weeks, Donna is going to be having a week long workshop titled "Baskets From Nature" at the Ghost Ranch in Santa Fe! It will be a full schedule of information, learning, weaving and fun. All the information is given below.

The photo above is one of the projects that the advanced students will be working on. It's plaited western red cedar bark with waxed linen in full turn twining.

0714 Baskets from Nature[S9A73a]

Ghost Ranch in Santa Fe

July 14 - 20, 2009

Registration Fee: $775 (includes tuition, housing and most meals) / Commuter Fee: $450After May 15th: $875 / $550

Basketry techniques abound. Learn about growing, collecting, preparation, and weaving. Learn how to twine, plait, coil and make cordage. A variety of materials will be available, including sea grass, Japanese iris leaves, willow bark, day lily leaves, and more.

Make a six-to-seven inch wide twined basket with a combination of sea grass cord and natural materials from Donna’s garden. Learn beginning coiling, using waxed linen and fragrant Midwest sweet grass, gathered last fall.

You will also be introduced to western red cedar that Donna collects from the forest, and processes in the traditional way. We will twine and plait the red cedar strips to form a small basket that you can wear as a necklace. A twined border design in 2 colors of waxed linen threads will form the top 1/3rd of the basket. Experienced students can look forward to more advanced techniques.

Workshop days will be include trips to local museums and galleries to look at baskets. After this week, you will see baskets and plants in a different way.

Donna Sakamoto Crispin, Eugene, OR Donna has been making baskets and teaching basketweaving for 20 years to people of all ages, from 6 years old and up. She has won several awards and has shown her work all over the U.S. and in Japan. For more info, see


Anonymous said...

What an exciting group to belong to. I am taking a week long watercolor painting class in July. Can't hardly wait. Blessings

Naomi said...

how awesome!!
are you going to be attending??

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