9th Annual Members’ Basket Class Day
August 5, 2018   
9:00am – 3:00pm
San Diego Botanic Garden

Come join us at our annual members’ Basket Day!  It’s a wonderful opportunity to try something new.  Please pick the class you would like to take, and make a check out to that teacher and mail it, noting your class choice and your email address to:

Jeanne Ames   
8787 Complex Drive Suite 204
San Diego, CA 92123

Class fee includes materials and a donation to the Guild.   Jeanne will send you an email confirmation, when the check is received for your class.

Thank you for supporting the Guild and our effort to offer a fun day of something new.  Classes will fill up so send your check in early.  Please bring your lunch for this event (no potluck).



Description: Learn how to prepare Lauhala (pandanus leaf) for weaving. This plant is common in the South Pacific. We have several plants in the Gardens. I will demonstrate how the leaves are processed. Since they must rest for a month before using them, we will be using lauhala from Kona.  Students will learn how to weave the earrings and how to attach the hardware and ear wires.

Materials supplied: lauhala from Kona, eye pin and ear wires

Tools to bring: scissors, paring knife, spray bottle, old towel, jewelry needle nose and flat head pliers. Magnifying glasses if necessary. 

Minimum: 3   Maximum: 10       All levels
Class fee: $55



Description: A cobalt blue bottle covered with cane cross warp twined with waxed linen.

Materials Supplied: Bottle, cane, waxed linen, string and blue tape

Tools to Bring: Small sharp scissors and small flat awl

No minimum, Maximum 8     Advanced beginner Level (must have experience with twining)
Class Fee: $35



Description: Students will learn the lace making skill of Teneriffe using waxed Irish Linen, how to weave pine needles onto a star-shaped wire, and how to shape and pound a metal ornament hanger. 

Materials Supplied: metal ornament hanger, pine needles, waxed linen, and the wire for the hangers

Tools to bring: small scissors

Minimum: 3    Maximum: 8           All levels
Class Fee: $35  



Description: Learn to weave an Appalachian Rib-Style Buttocks or Melon Basket, also known as an Egg Basket.  The skills necessary to weave a basic rib-style basket will be presented. Handle and rim will be joined using a 4-point lashing technique.    

Materials Supplied: All materials supplied for this project  

Tools to Bring: Cloth tape measure, large pail to soak weaving materials, towel, pencil, scissors, spring-type clothespins (1 dozen), awl (or nut pick, ice pick, flat head screw driver or knitting needle), needle-nose pliers, diagonal cutting pliers, small pruning shears, sack lunch.  Note: Carol will have tools available, it you don't have some of these.

Minimum: 4    Maximum: 10       All Levels
Class Fee: $45


14th Biennial Weekend in Garden
May 4 & 5, 2019

Mark your calendars for the next Guild Weekend event.  A class list will be published on this page mid-year 2018.  The class catalog and registration form will be posted here in December 2018.  To get an idea of what this conference is like, please refer to the 2016 catalog link in the section at the bottom of this page.   


The 13th Biennial Conference
"Weekend in the Garden"
at the San Diego Botanic Garden on
May 6 & 7, 2017

Despite the rain, a wonderful event once again took place in Encinitas, California!  Instructors from around the country came together to share their expertise in both traditional and new, innovative basketry techniques and in gourd art crafting.  Beginners and the more advanced student enjoyed challenging classes.  

We plan to hold another conference in May 2019, and details will be posted here regarding the date and content.  To give you an idea of what you might have missed, you can CLICK HERE to review the class catalog for the May 2017 "Weekend in the Garden."  

Many thanks go to the San Diego Botanic Garden (formerly Quail Botanic Gardens) for sponsoring this event and providing the wonderful venue and staff to make it all happen.  We are so very fortunate to have them as our event partner.  

We'll be holding another Weekend in the Garden event May 4 & 5, 2019.  Details will be posted on this page when available.