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Northeastern US

  • Northeast Basketmakers Guild
    The Guild serves all of the northeast and has members from several states.
    The Northeast Basketmakers Guild is a voluntary organization formed to promote the art of basketry. They welcome the participation of all persons with an interest or involvement in basketry.
    They publish an informative newsletter three times yearly, have an annual spring meeting. There is a mid-summer basket retreat with shared lunch, basket classes, Traveling Basket, tailgate sales and annual auction.
    Special Events:
    1) Exhibit is held in conjunction with the annual Northeast Basketmakers Guild Gathering.

    2) Annual Northeast Basketmakers Gathering, held in April. It features classes in all styles of basketmaking and varieties of materials.
    NORTHEAST BASKETMAKERS GATHERING
    For more information: www.northeastbasketmakers.org .

    3) Summer Basketry Retreat
    4) Baskets of Autumn workshop day - members are invited to sell their baskets and related items, locations will vary, the Sunday of Columbus Day weekend (annual event for about 10 years).
    5) Informal Weave-In Days
    Click HERE - http://northeastbasketmakers.org for the Northeast Basketmakers Web-site.
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Northwestern US & Canada
  • Association of Northwest Weavers' Guilds
    ANWG is dedicated to promoting and stimulating public interest in handweaving and related activities, to aiding and encouraging prospective handweavers by supporting conferences and educational endeavors, and to conducting and assisting with the foregoing endeavours throughout the Northwestern region of North America.
    All told, we have approximately 100 member guilds representing a total of 4000 individuals, equally divided between the US and Canada.
    Membership is attained through an associate guild; at this point in time there are no individual memberships. Any organized guild of handweaving and related activities in the Northwest is eligible for membership. With the regular payment of dues the guild will have access to the resources available through ANWG, which includes early and reduced registration fees at ANWG biennial conferences for guild members, one free booth at the conferences for display and promotion of guild activities, library privileges, a quarterly newsletter, and an area on the ANWG web-site.
    Association of Northwest Weavers' Guilds Web-site
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Southern US
  • Southern Highland Guild
    Visit the SHG Web site
    "The Southern Highland Craft Guild is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization of over 800 craftspeople living and working in the mountainous regions of nine Southern states: AL, GA, KY, MD, TN, VA, WV, SC and NC. Since its inception in 1930, the Guild has worked to instill and maintain standards of excellence in the design and workmanship of crafts taught, produced and marketed in the southern Appalachian region. The history of the Guild dates back to the turn of the century during what is known as the Southern Arts and Crafts Revival. The Guild's headquarters, the Blue Ridge Parkway's Folk Art Center, is located just five miles east of downtown Asheville, North Carolina."
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National
  • American Gourd Society - promotes interest in all activities relating to gourds: cultivation, historical uses, gourd show competition, craftwork, and artistic decoration.
    AGS website
  • National Basketry Organization (NBO)
    The only national basketry organization.
    NBO News (newsletter) is sent quarterly.
    Biennial Conference
    Visit the NBO Website for more information.
    To read excerpts from NBO's 3rd newsletter, visit our NBO page
  • Natural Fibers Group
    Focusing on collecting, processing and weaving with gathered naturals.
    Meeting are held twice a month- first Mondays at The Blind Center, 3rd and Harvey St, Washington, NC, and third Thursdays at the Arts Council, 2nd and Gladden, Washington, NC.
    Classes and special events are announced on the public website
    The guild does educational outreach to the public by doing talks, displays, demonstrations and hands-on activities.
    Membership includes access to members only interactive website, and our quarterly newsletter, which distributes educational information to members across the country.
    Beginners welcome.
    NCBA affiliated guild
    Lynn Hoyt, president
  • SeatWeavers Guild
    See their website for annual gathering info and more: seatweaversguild.org
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Canada
  • See also: Association of Northwest Weavers' Guilds
  • The Basketry Network
    A Canadian guild with approx.100 members, most of whom are located in the Province of Ontario.
    Basketry Network Web-site
    Contact information:
    The Basketry Network
    c/o 8 Peter Street, R.R. 1,
    Grand Valley, ON
    L0N 1G0
    E-mail
    Tony Pasman - Chairperson
  • The Canadian Gourd Society
    Committed to bringing the world of Gourd Art to Canada, we the Canadian Gourd Society provide our members with information, resources and encouragement by way of organized events, structured workshops, online utilities such as a message forum and website and last but not least, our quarterly publication, Canadian Gourder.
    See the website for more information, events and chapter news.
    CGS Website
  • The Greater Vancouver Weavers' and Spinners' Guild
    Located in Beautiful British Columbia, the GVWSG is a non-profit group. Members' skills range from beginners to masters.
  • The Salt Spring Island Basketry Guild Website:
    Salt Spring Guild Web site Or contact: Lorna Cammaert at 250-538-0033 or e-mail
  • Southwestern Ontario Basketry Guild
    Visit their website for complete information.
    Southwestern Ontario Basketry Guild is committed to spreading the art of basketry in Ontario and beyond through our educational program, visiting experts in basketry and basketry conferences. Members will have an opportunity to teach and/or study in a variety of artistic and educational settings. Meetings 3rd Saturdays at the Chatham Cultural Centre, Chatham, Ontario feature basketweaving projects and a short business session. The contact person is Frances Thorn - pianoralph@isp.ca
International
  • Association of Polish Basketmakers
    Visit the World Festival of Wicker and Wickerwork Website for more information about the international event that occurs ever three years as well as information about the Polish Weavers and Wickerwork-makers Society.
    Click on the site's links on the left hand side to navigate the English version.
  • Basketmakers Association
    Membership Secretary - Sally Goymer, 37 Mendip Road, Cheltenham, Glos, GL52 5EB.
    The newsletter, which comes out four times a year, will help you to keep in touch with basketry matters.
  • The Crafts Council of UK
    The Crafts Council promotes the contemporary crafts in Great Britain. It is an independent organisation funded by government and provides services to craftspeople and the public.
    Visit their web page at: http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk
  • Punos Ry
    "Punos ry is the Finnish Basketmakers' Association and was established at the beginning of 1999 to gain a higher level of basketmaking techniques and designs in Finland. There was also a need to improve knowledge of basketmaking as a craft of its own, as it is commonly regarded as a part of textile art.
    Currently our newly-established association has about 60 members in Finland. The members include both professional and amateur makers as well as researchers and thinkers who are interested in basketry but who don't actually make anything from the material. In addition, the members include growers of material for basketry and people who gather material from the nature, i.e., birch bark, roots or rush.
    It is important for our association that we are open-minded when it concerns basketmaking. Our members make traditional and contemporary baskets using various materials. Today it is popular to use ecological or recycled materials. This ecological interest has increased and environmental art plays a significant role in making woven works.
    Punos ry publishes a newsletter for the members five times an year. It has developed into a full package of information about education and exhibitions. The association maintains an index of members including teachers, basketmakers or material producers. We have also an index of non-members who want to have more information about our co-operative partners.
    During the first year workshops, seminars and an exhibition have been arranged. At the beginning of June Willow in earth and environmental art -workshop was organized in Kuopio, with Jason Osborne from England as the teacher. The next big happening was in autumn1999 in Helsinki including a one-day seminar and three workshops, Mary Butcher from England being of the teachers. The 22nd of January 2000 a willow exhibition called Yhtäköyttä pajunköyttä was arranged by Punos ry .This exhibition was the first large exhibition in Finland in which willow was regarded as a basketmaking material."
    For information contact their Chairman Minna Koskinen at
    Lehtikuusikontie 3 c 9
    70620 Kuopio
    FINLAND
    Tel. +358 17 281 1852 or e-mail
  • Yugoslav Gourd Lovers Society
    The emblem of our Gourd Lovers Society shows a man wearing national costume, standing on a gourd. It is based on a story about the native local peasant, called "lala", who is famous for his hospitality and wisdom. According to an old folk song, working on the corn field, "lala" climbed up on a large gourd, locally called "ludaja", so that he could see his hometown, Kikinda, from the top of it. "Lala" (the local peasant), standing on a "ludaja" (a gourd) and screening his eyes with his hands so that he could see his sweet home better, has served as the motive of the emblem of the town of Kikinda as well as of our Society. It symbolizes peacefulness, diligence, tradition and prosperity. The newsletter of the Yugoslava Gourd Lovers Society is called Ludaja. It contains interesting articles and news written by devoted gourd lovers, poets and scientists. YGLS Website
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Online/Virtual
  • BasketMakers
    This is a great resource site. Susi Nuss is the guide. There are active forums and chats. Visit Basket Makers.
  • The Gourd Artists Guild
    GAG Website
    An On-line group with Gourd Gatherings (Annual Gathering held in June in Cherokee, NC) and Gourd Exchanges.
    Go here: to subscribe to the Gourd Patch e-mail list or digest.
    Don't miss the gourd tutorials
  • The Pine Needle Group
    A virtual group on the Internet, they are gathered "to further the art of coiling".
    Subscribe to pineneedlegroup

    Visit their Web site - pineneedlegroup.com
    They have a gallery of member's baskets, links to coiling sites, and a list of members.
    If you are interested in membership, you may sign up through the link at the site, or email with the following information:
    1. Email address
    2. Name as you wish it to be listed
    3. Where you live
    4. Statement about yourself (baskets or other)
    5. URL or web page address (if you have one, or want one listed)
    6. Web page name (if you want one listed)
    Pamela Zimmerman - Founder The Pine Needle Group e-mail
  • Virtual Basketmakers Guild
    They chat on-line twice a week - all basketmakers welcome
    Visit their web page Virtual Basketmakers
  • Weaver's Words
    A digest of basketry related events, news and exchange of ideas. Individual posts are reviewed and compiled by the owner/moderator before sending the digest out each week. Posts or replies to the digest should be sent to weavers_words@yahoo.com.
    If you need to change the email address you have listed with the group, you may go the group’s home page @ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/weaverswords/ and edit your membership. If you do not have a yahoo username you will need to create one.
    Back issues of the digest can be viewed at Weaver's Words Website
  • Willow-Naturals List
    This group discusses weaving with gathered materials such as cattails, barks, grasses, willow, etc. They are powered by Yahoo, see their Willow-Naturals Homepage
  • Yahoo Groups
    Many on-line groups are powered by Yahoo (including tthe Pine Needle Group, Naturals List & Weaver's Words).
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