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  • Alabama Gourd Society
    Elizabeth West
    240 County Road 994 Cullman AL 35057
  • If anyone is interested in starting a North Alabama Guild
    (from Birmingham to the TN line) please contact Arlene McGowan via e-mail
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  • Anchorage Weavers & Spinners Guild
    AWSG Website
    The Anchorage Weavers and Spinners Guild is a non-profit organization dedicated to tile encouragement of the fiber arts in Alaska. The guild seeks to promote the exhibition of fiber arts and to inform its members and the public through lectures, workshops and craft demonstrations.
    They hold regular monthly meetings from September through May, often featuring a guest speaker. Members are encouraged to bring projects they are working on to share with the group. Meetings, which are open to the public, are usually held at 10:00 a.m. the second Saturday of the month at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art.
    Guild membership is open to anyone interested in weaving, spinning and other fiber arts. Two types of membership are available: Active $20/year, and subscribing $10/year. Active membership in the guild includes a monthly Newsletter, use of books, videos and equipment. Active members may place advertisements in the newsletter free of charge, serve on the board of directors and vote on Guild business. Subscribing members receive the newsletter.
    For more information about our guild, please contact:
    Mary K. Janis
    or see the Association of Northwest Weavers' Guilds (ANWG) website.
  • Fairbanks Weavers' & Spinners' Guild
    Fairbanks Website
    The Fairbanks Weavers' and Spinners' Guild is a nonprofit educational organization formed to:
    Act as a conduit for information that contributes to the growth of knowledge in our heritage of weaving, spinning, textiles and fiber arts through meetings, fellowship and related activities.
    Sponsor and support educational events such as workshops, lectures, exhibits, demonstrations and the like that promote weaving, spinning, and fiber arts.
    Encourage improvement of our work through comparison and sharing of techniques. Promote interest in our weaving and spinning heritage among members of the community.
    Membership is open to anyone interested in weaving, spinning and the fiber arts. Annual dues are $15.00 per year, due in March. Membership and dues are prorated after August at $1.00 per month until March ($8.00). Those interested in joining the Guild may send name, address, phone number, email address and dues to:
    Fairbanks Weavers' & Spinners' Guild
    PO Box 73152
    Fairbanks, AK 99707-3152
    Phone: 452-7737
    Guild meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month with social hour at 6:30pm and the program beginning at 7:15pm. The meeting will usually be held at the Weaving Studio (Lathrop Bldg., 516 2nd Ave., Room 219), our permanent location, unless indicated otherwise in the Guild newsletter.
  • Fiberholics
    Mardell Gunn, PO Box 1474, Haines, AK 99827.
  • Juneau Fiber Arts Guild
    Leslie Rehfield, 137 Behrends Ave., Juneau, AK 99801.
  • Valley Fiber Arts Guild - Palmer/Wasilla
    Visit their website for more information:
  • See also: Association of Northwest Weavers' Guilds
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  • Arkansas Basket Guild
    Located in northwest AR.
    For more information, contact:
    President Susan Bell e-mail
    They meet the 4th Saturday of every month at 201 S 37th Street, Rogers, AR from 1-4 PM.
    All visitors and new members are welcome
  • Weavers in the Conway Area
    Wilma Gilbert is interested in locating basket weavers in the Central Arkansas area to form a basket weaving guild.
    Wilma Gilbert
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  • Bay Area Basket Makers
    Meetings are generally held on the first Saturday of the month, from 11 - 3, except for July and August when they have informal "weave-in" gatherings.
    Meeting are held at several different locations in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area.
    The meetings consist of a business meeting, a potluck lunch, and a 2-hour "hands-on" session. Occasionally, they have an outside teacher, but usually one of the members teaches a technique or a specific basket.
    Meetings are open to members and to interested guests. They are an active and enthusiastic group and welcome interested visitors and new members!
    Yearly membership is $25. Newsletter "Twinings" is published 5 times/yr.
    BABM is a member guild in the Conference of Northern California Handweavers, and they participate in the weekend conference held annually in Northern California. BABM also works with area galleries to produce one or two group shows a year.
    Contact person: Jutta Frankie - e-mail or visit their website for more information: .
  • California Indian Basketweavers Association
    Membership is open to weavers and non weavers alike, as well as to non-Indian supporters of California Indian basket weaving. The organization publishes a quarterly newsletter and sponsors an annual Gathering where weavers demonstrate and sell their work, share techniques and stories, buy materials, and generally support each other. With each gathering, the network of weavers and their supporters grows, enabling the continuation of the art and its passage to the next generation.
    See their website for more information.
  • California Gourd Society
    Jill Walker, President
  • See also: Great Basin Basketmakers
  • Misti Washington Gourd & Basketry Guild
    Formed to preserve, promote and perpetuate the appreciation of gourd and basket art by providing a supportive, sharing and educational environment. Misti Washington was a well-known author, basket maker and a talented and generous teacher. She was one of the originators of natural basketry in Southern California and an inspiration for many of today's artisans and teachers.
    Meetings take place at the beautiful Quail Botanical Gardens in Encinitas, California, the first Sunday of each month from Noon to 3:30. (From I-5, exit east on Encinitas Blvd. Turn left onto Quail Gardens Dr.)
    During even numbered months, a potluck lunch precedes a business meeting. Members bring something to work on, a show-and-tell item and/or a problem piece to discuss. Slide presentations or demonstrations may also occur.
    The first Sunday of odd numbered months an informal session is held. A mini-workshop or educational lecture (generally at no charge) may take place. Those who do not wish to participate in these bring a project to work on. Everyone exchanges ideas and gets to know one another.
    Members represent all levels of interest in basket and gourd making. There are beginners, full- and part-time professionals, hobbyists and collectors. But all share a common fascination for these natural objects.
    The Guild organizes a biennial weekend event at Quail Botanical Gardens during the odd-numbered years in May. Over 30 gourd and basket workshops, along with displays and botanical tours, inspire hundreds of students and visitors and renew appreciation of this ancient art form.
    Membership includes a quarterly newsletter; access to Guild library books, magazines and slides; attendance at monthly meetings; participation in mini-workshops and lectures; and eligibility to register for special one- and two-day workshops conducted by nationally-known teachers held throughout the year.
    Itís a great opportunity to learn about group dynamics and perhaps play a role in having others grow along with you. Membership is $15/person, $20/household, $30 commercial (includes advertisement in newsletters) They hope that you will join them! Click here for the MWGBG Web Site
    Membership is from January through December.
  • The Los Angeles Basket Guild
    Membership is $20 for two years.
    They invite basket makers of all levels as well as those who just have an interest in learning more about basketry to become members.
    As a member you will receive the newsletter four times a year: April, July, October, and January.
    There are two Guild Meetings a year, April and October, which include mini-workshops, guest artists and other varied activities. The Guild sponsors field trips through out the year and an annual retreat. These are fun-filled, inspiring and instructional events!
    Visit the web site for more information:
    LA Basketry Guild Web site
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  • Colorado Basketmakers Guild
    They meet once a month in Colorado Springs on the 3rd Friday of each month and generally do a different project each month. There is also a "study group" that meets once a month.
    They generally have one or two "special events" such as week-end weave-ins or a guest teacher or a dye party.
    They will send one complimentary newsletter (published quarterly) to any interested party.
    Dues are $10 per year and include the newsletter, meetings, and priority sign-up for special events.
    Contacts are as follows:
    Linda Lugenbill 719-593-0034 and
    Karen Pierce
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  • Delaware Basketmakers Association
    Meetings are held at Wesley College, Rm 205 in Dover, DE 19901 every other month on the "odd" months.
    "We welcome any newcomers to join our organization. We have a tremendous amount of fun weaving together." Charlotte Lewis
    Contact: Charlotte Lewis, President at Tele: 302-653-8126 or e-mail for more information.
    Newsletter is published 4 times a year.
    Yearly Events:
    Dessert Buffet/Chinese Auction ~ Held the first Monday in March, members donate desserts and baskets to be raffled (attendees were more than 400).
    Picnic ~ The picnic is for all members and their families, held at a member's home in July
    DE Hospice Festival of Trees ~ A community service is weaving, decorating and donating two large baskets for Christmas. These baskets are used by Hospice for their fundraising auction. Each member can help in weaving these baskets at one of our meetings.
    First Night ~ Members volunteer to teach a basket class to children 12 yrs and under from 3 PM - 6 PM on December 31st in Downtown Dover, DE.
  • see also Northeast Basketmakers Guild
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  • Florida Gourd Society
    See the FL Gourd Society Website for more information.
    FGS Show - February 27th - March 1st, 2009
  • Central Florida - "If you are located in the Central Florida area, please contact me. I am putting together a group that will meet once a month in the Leesburg area for pine needle BASKET WEAVERS (also cane, natural fiber, palm leaves, sticks and vines). The first meeting will be in September, hopefully at the Leesburg main library in historic downtown Leesburg."
    Eve Elliott
    Leesburg, FL
  • Intercoastal Weaver's Guild
    Monthly meetings and workshops with membership.
    For more information, please contact Mary Brandenburg at 229 Granda Raod, West Palm Beach FL 33401-8017. Tele: 561-833-2708. e-mail.
  • Nature Coast Basket Makers Guild
    This group was started by Adie Moore.
    They meet the 2nd Thursday of the month from September through May from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM.
    The meetings are held at the Hernando Community Blood Bank at 12396 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill FL.
    Newsletter is available.
    Please contact: Cathy Wesson, Phone #352-666-2285 for more information.
  • No Frills Basket Guild
    They meet the 4th Tuesday of each month. For more information, please contact Emily Warnberg at 1305 Flordia Avenue, Lynn Haven FL 32444-2540. Tele: 850-265-8419.
  • South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild
    They meet at the Clay Glass Metal Stone Gallery located at 15 South J Street, Lake Worth Florida. The meetings are the first Saturday of the month from 10-2.
  • Tampa Bay Basketmakers Guild
    14444 Neptune Road, Seminole, FL 33776
    This guild was organized in 1991 by a group of basketmakers from Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. They now have over 60 members.
    Currently the guild rotates its meeting sites from St. John's Episcopal Church in Clearwater to Bayshore Presbyterian Apartments in Tampa on the third Saturday of the month from September through May.
    The newsletter, The Woven Word, is distributed quarterly.
  • Tropical Weaver's Guild
    FTWG Web Site
    Weaver's Guild Conference ~ workshops in weaving, spinning, basketry & beading.
    For more information contact:
    Jackie Malone
    313 Bay Street, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
    Tele 727-937-7023 or e-mail
  • Venetian Society of Basket Weavers
    PO Box 1411 Venice, FL 34284-1411
    Meetings are held at the Venice Art Center, 390 Nokomis Ave South, Venice FL (unless otherwise notified via newsletter) at 7:00 pm the third Thursday of each month.
    They hold a raffle every meeting to raise money for the Guild.
    President is Sue Davis, Tele: 941-496-9539; email
    Membership Chair is Judy Briscoe, Tele: 941-497-5667; email
    The newsletter is printed monthly except for July and August.
    Tuesday afternoon weave-in is at Judy Briscoe's studio from 12:00-3:00, members only.

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  • Basketweavers Guild of Georgia, Roswell
    Meets the 2nd Thursday (10AM - 1PM) of each month in the Cottage at Bulloch Hall, Roswell, GA.
    Bimonthly newsletter.
    Contact Person --- Mary Ann Klein - e-mail
  • Clocktower Basketweaver Guild, Rome
    Meets 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays (6:30pm to 9pm) every month at the Westminster Presbyterian Church.
    Please e-mail Teresa Barton for more information.
  • Flint River Basket Weavers
    Meets: 3rd Thursdays, 10am-3pm Albany, GA
    Contact Person --- Dot Dowling - e-mail
  • Georgia Basketry Association
    State organization that is responsible for the convention, summer workshop etc. The state association does not have regular monthly meetings, only 3 board meetings a year.
    1785 Azalea Springs Trail, Roswell GA 30075
    GA Basketry Association Web-site
    Georgia Basketry Association's annual convention: February
  • Georgia Gourd Society
    The purpose of the Georgia Gourd Society is to learn and teach to all who are interested about the culture, use, history, and craftsmanship of the gourds.
    Hudi Saudgren, President
    2561 Peregine Trail, Suwanee GA 30024
    GGS Website
  • Greater Atlanta Basket Guild, Marietta
    They meet monthly August thru June on the third Wednesday evening 6:30 to 9PM.
    Meeting are held at East Marietta Library on Lower Roswell Rd.
    Monthly newsletter is the GAB Gazzette
    Nancy Skinner, President
  • Gwinnett Basketweavers Guild
    Meets at Berkmar High School in Gwinnett County the 2nd Wednesday of every month (except July and August), 6:30 - 9 p.m.
    Annual Basket Retreat in Helen, GA
    Monthly newsletter
    Gwinnett Web-site
    Patti Patterson, President
  • Island Weavers, Savannah
    They meet 4-5 times per year, usually on the last Thursday of the month.
    Meetings are held at Patty Zureick's home and they ask that anyone interested in attending, call ahead for a gate pass.
    They keep in touch by e-mail between meetings, so anyone that is interested can e-mail Betty Alldaffer at e-mail to be contacted for upcoming meetings and workshops.
    Contact Patty Zureick e-mail for more information.
  • Mountain Weavers (Blairsville)
    Contact Person - Maureen Wilson - e-mail
    Meetings: 1st Friday 9am-12 Appalachian Bank Community Room in Blairsville
  • River Country Basket Guild
    The River Country Basket Guild is a group of basket weavers from the Central Savannah River Area who get together weekly to share basketry tips and friendship.
    They meet each Tuesday evening at 7:00 in the parish hall of St. Alban's Episcopal Church at 2321 Lumpkin Road in Augusta, Georgia.
    Classes are offered for beginners and intermediate basket weavers.

    Please contact Laura Lee Zanger (706) 560-9800 for more information
  • See also: Shooting Creek Basket Weaves Guild
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  • Aloha Weavers Guild
    The president is Lisa Seng e-mail contact her for more information.
    They meet the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM at Caitlin Halsey Terrace, Honolulu Hawaii.
    Dues include a monthly newsletter.
    They try to work on a new basket each month. The material list appears in the newsletter along with the basket being worked on.
    The guild is working on implementing a periodic free weave/pot luck maybe every 3 months at local parks and beaches. And maybe a day when they will open a class to children to teach them to make an Easter basket of their own.
    They are not a teaching guild per se. That is, they would like the members to have a basic knowledge of weaving when they join as the guild does not have the resources at this time or teachers that can do that. But all the members are more then happy to share their experience by offering their knowledge when they weave baskets at the meetings.
  • Hawaii Gourd Society
    Annual Gourds in Paradise Festival, June
    Location: Hale Halewai Pavilion - Ali'i Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
    Hawaii Master IPU Artists - Classes & Demos
    Nationally recognized gourd artists teaching, showing and selling their gourd art.
    Dried Gourds & Green Gourds for sale, Gourd Crafting.
    Hawaii Gourd Society Book & Supply Store
    Silent & Live Auctions
    Hourly Attendance Prizes!
    Mary Amos, President - e-mail
    HGS Website
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  • Basket Art Guild They meet every other month, usually the second or third Sunday afternoon unless a special workshop is scheduled.
    Please contact Bonnie Allison for more information - 217-864-2141 or e-mail. A sample newsletter will be sent upon request!
  • Bloomington Basket Weavers
    They meet : Monthly - 4th Monday night from 6 - 9 PM at the Unitarian Church, 1613 E. Emerson, Bloomington, IL
    Contact : Jennifer Miller at phone : 309.862.1663 or e-mail
  • Earlville
    Location : Timber Ridge, Earlville, IL
    Special weaving nights offered
    Contact : Susan Eckles at phone : 815.246.7134 or e-mail
  • Fox Valley Basket Weavers
    Location : Dundee, IL
    They meet : 3rd Tuesday, during school year at Dundee Crown High School and during summer months, meetings are held at various spots
    Contact : Daphne Mooney 630.208.8802 or Patricia Ostewig Phone 847.426.9282
  • Land of Lincoln Basketweavers Association
    All information for events can be found on the LLBWA Web site.
    "The Land of Lincoln Basketweavers is a statewide organization formed to stimulate interest in the art of basketweaving, to educate the general public on the historic value and heritage relating to basketry, and to support and encourage our members to be quality basketweavers. Our goal is to spread the word of basketweaving by gathering together women and men throughout the state for sharing, instructing and informing."
    They have three events a year -
    Spring Fling - March For more information visit the website LLBWA Web site
    Starved Rock Weaving Day - June - Starved Rock State Park Utica, Illinois. For more information visit the website LLBWA Web site
    Camp Tuck a Basket - September - For more information visit the website LLBWA Web site

    Newsletter information: Bonnie Allison - e-mail
  • North Shore WeaveAwayers Basket Guild
    Location : Winthrop Harbor
    They meet : bimonthly
    Contact : Kim Powell at phone : 847.872.6576
  • Open Weave Group
    Sarah Hartman - e-mail is working on getting an open weave group started in her area. Anyone in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago (Schaumburg, Arlington Heights, Hoffman Estates, Pallatine, etc) or anywhere within driving distance is welcome to join in. For more info contact Sarah at the above address.
  • Peoria
    Location : Peoria, IL
    They meet : Monday mornings and/or 3rd Wednesday of the month
    Contact : Geri Ely 309.385.2589 or Mary Garramone Phone 309.658.0105
  • Quad-Cities Basketry Guild
    Location : Northwest Illinois and Eastern Iowa
    Monthly meetings / open weaves / classes
    Contact : Susan Walters - 309.781.7228 or visit their
  • Raising Cane Guild
    Location : Pontiac, IL
    They meet weekly for open weave.
    Contact : Sue Hiatt at phone : 815.844.7933 or e-mail
  • River Valley Weavers Guild
    They meet : 3rd Monday of each month at 6:30 PM at Eldred Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Eldred, IL
    Contact : Diane Wolfley at phone : 217.983.2370
  • Sinnissippi Basketweaver's Guild
    Location : Rockford, IL
    They meet : 1st Thursday of the month in member's homes (except December and April)
    Contact : Linda Johnson at phone : 815.964.3856 or e-mail
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