Following are upcoming workshops of interest


Jane Millner, a local artist and Guild member will be offering more workshops.

Cloverleaf Base Round Reed Basket Class
This is straight out of Flo Hoppe’s “Contempory Wicker Basketry” and is my offering for the round reed basketry class this year. Size is 8 1/2″ diameter and 3 1/2″ high.
Dates: Wednesday, June 12, or Saturday, June 15th (Ben’s Birthday), and Finish Your Basket Day on Sunday, June 16th.
Time: 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM or so
Place: Ben’s Place, 220 Bresee Place, Grass Valley. Go up Hughes Road, Bresee is just past the top of the hill on the left. If you get to Ridge Road, you have gone too far. My cell # is 530-277-8750. Please note, this number doesn’t work at our house (no service).
Cost: Teaching fee is $25.00 for Guild members, $30.00 for non-guild folks. Materials fee is $25.00. Donation for Ben on Sunday for electricity is $5.00.
Beginners welcome. This was one of the first baskets that I made out of Flo’s book.
For more information and to sign up for the class, please email me at


As always, if you are in the Wednesday class, you have the option of coming on Saturday at 10:00 (I need to get the Saturday folks started) if you are unable to come on Sunday to finish your basket.

Appalachian Egg Basket Class
This is my Rib-Style offering for this year and it is for all you folks who have chickens…
Dates: Wednesday, July 10, or Saturday, July 13, and Finish your basket day, Bastille Day, Sunday, July 14th.
Time: 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM or so
Place: Ben’s Place, 220 Bresee Place, Grass Valley. Go up Hughes Road to just past the top of the hill. Bresee is on your left. If you get to Ridge Road, you have gone too far. My cell number is 530-277-8750. Please note, the cell doesn’t work at our house…no service.
Cost: $35.00 (sorry, but the hoops are $7.40 per pair plus shipping from the North Carolina). We will be using 10″ hoops.
My sample basket is more of a flat bottomed egg basket because I didn’t re-read the instructions before I wove it! Yours can have deeper “buttocks”. The eggs won’t have a chance to roll around and break…
You will have your choice of colors and round and flat reed, plus sisal and sea grass.
Beginners welcome.
For more information and to sign up, please contact me at


Wendy’s Loom Bench Basket Class

When I went to the Basics Class at Vavstuga Swedish Weaving School in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, we had these indispensable loom bench baskets made by the Amish and sold at Vavstuga. It was the perfect place to put your scissors, extra bobbins for the boat shuttles, extra shuttles and your water bottle. A friend of mine, Wendy Jensen, teaches at Stowe Basketry Festival and at Vavstuga and she has made these baskets. This gave me the impetus to weave one of my own. We will be making a copy of the one Wendy made.
Size: Base is 9 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, height is 9″. 1″ Shaker Tape for handle.
Dates: Wednesday, May 29, or Saturday, June 1. Finish your basket day is Sunday, June 2.
Place: Debbie Fraser- Scott‘s home off of Highway 49 below Grass Valley. (Directions to follow)
Time: 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM or so
Cost: Teaching fee: guild members $25.00, non-guild folks $30.00. Materials fee $25.00.
Beginners are welcome. This has a filled, crow’s footed base, plain weave sides OR you can weave whatever pattern you’d like in the 8 1/2″. One option will be to use different colors of dyed reed in 1/4″ flat and form borders for some Cherokee Wheels. It would be similar to the pattern we made on the full sized market basket.
This basket was designed for loom benches that have posts that stick up above the bench top, and uses Shaker Tape for the handle with a piece of #7 round reed as a keeper.


Jane Millner, a local artist and Guild member is offering another workshop. Below is of photo of a cathead basket. Turn it upside down, and the four feet on the bottom look like cat ears. You have two choices for the twill. A simple over 3 under 2 pattern, or the more complex but wonderful over 3 under 1, over 1 under 2, twill. The one in the photo is the latter. Through the magic of numbers, you can weave either pattern with the same number of spokes.

There will be two opportunities to join this workshop—Saturday, April 6 or Wednesday, April 10, and finish your basket day on Sunday, April 14th. The workshop will be at Ben’s Place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or whatever. I can stay later. We will be using 1/4″ dyed flat reed spokes (your choice of color) and natural 3/16″ flat oval for the weavers. The size of the basket varies, but should be about 10″ diameter and 10″ high. 

Wet Felting

Beth Leydon, a local artist and Guild member who uses the medium of wet felting to create her works, will teach a wet felting workshop Sunday, March 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. at A Star Alpaca Ranch on Godfrey Lane in Grass Valley.

Learn the basic process of wet felting utilizing luxurious alpaca fibers blended with merino wool. Participants will create a lightweight, but warm scarf or wrap. The workshop cost is $65, plus materials which will available on site. To register for the workshop email Beth at or call 530-368-1952. Once she lets you know there is room available, payment is due in full. If you need to cancel, a full refund will be made up to 7 days prior to the class date. For questions about the workshop content, contact Beth Leydon at

Since childhood Beth has been a maker and creator. In 2011 she was exposed to a simple felting technique and dove headlong into this ancient and ever evolving textile art form. She crafts one-of-a-kind pieces utilizing wet and nuno felting processes. Wool, yarn, silk, and other fibers are transformed into functional and wearable art.


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