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  • Great Basin Basketmakers
    Founded in 1987.
    The mission of Great Basin Basketmakers (GBB) is to make baskets, to learn everything possible about the traditions and techniques of basketry and to pass this knowledge on to others.
    Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at Reno's Park Lane Mall, ask about their Saturday group and their monthly "Third Thursday Workshop" where members teach techniques and styles they have learned elsewhere.
    80% of the meetings are "hands on" and 20% are interesting lectures.
    Dues includes a monthly newsletter, access to a large library and reduced workshop rates.
    Four workshops are held throughout the year with visiting instructors.
    They organize travelling shows, ehibits in galleris and public institutions, demonstrate at parks and public gatherings and members teach in public schools.
    A scholarship is offered to members.
    Great Basin Basketmakers
    Pat Morfoot
    4747 Pradera Street
    Sparks, NV 89436-1644
    OR join on-line at their website.
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  • New Mexico Gourd Society
    See the NMGS web site for more information.
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  • Basketweavers Guild of Eastern Long lsland
    Guild meets monthly at a date and location to be announced by contacting Carol Losquadro e-mail or Alice Schaub e-mail or find us on Facebook at Basketweavers Guild Riverhead NY
    A group of special basket people, that are into to teaching and weaving very professional baskets. They hope to preserve and pass on the art of basketry.
  • Finger Lakes Basket Weavers Guild
    For more information, please contact:
    Marilyn Konopka
    35 Arlington Drive Pittsford, NY 14534
  • Long Island Basketmakers Guild
    P.O. Box 218, East Northport, NY 11731
    Membership fees Annual: $20 individual or $25 family
    The guild meets on the 4th Thursday of each month from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at Pieceful Quilter, Jericho Turnpike in East Northport. The guild does not meet in July and August but rather joins the BWGELI for a Saturday weave-in. Details are posted to our Facebook page.
    The Guild also hosts it's annual Show and Sale on the Saturday before Thanksgiving at the Presbyterian Church of Sweet Hollow, 95 Old Country Road, Melville, NY from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.
    "We welcome weavers at all skill levels."
    Follow us on Facebook. Our page contains photos and event updates. If you would like more information please email us at:"
  • see also Northeast Basketmakers Guild
  • Rome Art & Community Center
    See their for more information and classes.
  • Westchester Area Basketmaker's Guild
    This guild is located in upper Westchester County, NY area with membership from the NY Metropolitan area and into New England.
    They offer workshops with well-known professional basketmakers 4-5 times per year as well as other guild events. Workshops are conducted in several different locations in both Northern and Southern Westchester in order to reach out to as many students as possible.
    They also have an exhibit and sale at Muscoot Farm in Somers every other year in October.
    Their website is: and has information on the current workshop schedule as well as membership information. Or they can be contacted via email at:
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  • Blue Ridge Basketmakers
    Alma Lambert, President
  • Cape Fear Basketmakers
    Donna Shupe, President
  • Catawba Valley Basket Makers Association
    (Chapter of NC Basket Makers, Inc.)
    Meetings are held the 4th Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. at the Allan Frye Club House - Old Rt. 70 Conover, NC
    Melissa Davis, President
    For more information, contact: Joyce Hambacher e-mail
    Members teach classes and outside basket teachers teach periodically
  • Chapel Hill Basketry Guild
    Contact person:
  • Charlotte's Web
    Nancy DeVries, President
  • Coastal Carolina Basketweavers
    Jenny Elzy, President
  • Coastal Weavers of Onslow County
    Please contact Jimmie Kent e-mail
  • Dream Weavers of Matthews
    A newly formed NCBA-affiliated guild (June 2006). The guild meets on the first Wednesday of every month at Matthews Help Center from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.
    For more information, contact President Stephanie Bogust - e-mail or NCBA Liaison Cathy Schneider - e-mail . Other officers include: Linda Salfia, Vice president; Dona Deyton, Secretary; Lorna Jacobs, Treasurer; and Alice West, Advisor.
  • Goldweavers
    Ingrid, Quick, President
  • 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
  • North Carolina Basketmakers Association
    The purpose of the North Carolina Basketmakers' Association is to stimulate interest in and to perpetuate the art of basketry.
    For any questions about a local NC Guild, please visit/comtact the NCBA website.
    Anyone who is interested in the art of basketry is eligible for membership.
    For more information, please contact:
    Susanna Miller
    254 S. Hillcrest Drive, Goldsboro, NC 27534-7539
    or e-mail
    Get a glimpse of what this well-known basket making organization is all about. The Web site
    NCBA Convention - (you must be a member to attend)
  • North Carolina Gourd Society
    Visit the NCGS Web site for more information.
  • Pamlico River Basket Buddies
    Katie Lake, President
  • Poplar Grove Plantation
    10200 US Hwy. 17 North, Wilmington, NC 28411
    Phone: (910) 686-9518
    Poplar Grove Web site
  • Piedmont Mill Basket Weavers Guild
    Serving the piedmont area of North Carolina, with members from Rowan, Cabarrus, and Mecklenberg counties.
    Meetings are at Gilwood Presbyterian Church in Concord, NC on the third Wednesday of every month from 6 to 9pm. Welcoming new members always.
    Visit their Facebook page for more info: or call 704-796-4769.
  • Port City Basketmakers
    Jan Beyma, President
  • Shooting Creek Basket Weaves Guild
    Formed April 2002
    They meet on the 2nd Wed. of each month from 10 -2
    Contact Anne Sutherlin ,Pres.
    12 Forest Cove Trail, Hayesville NC 28904 or e-mail.
    This is a mixture of NW Georgia SW NC at this time.
    All interested in various form of basketry are invited.
  • Surry County Basketmakers
    Deborah C. Wagoner, President
  • Tar River Basketweavers
    Jim Langston, President
  • Triangle Basket Weavers' Guild
    Affiliated with the North Carolina Basketmakers Association
    Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month (except August) from 7 to 10 pm at the North Carolina State University Craft Center in Raleigh, NC
    Dues: $10 annually
    For more information, contact:
    Wanda Borrelli, Coordinator
    Members rotate teaching. One member teaches each month.
    11 newsletters per year.
  • see also Tri-State Basketry Guild
  • Winston-Salem/Arcadia Basketmakers
    Jettie Fulton, President
    (336) 767-2440
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  • Dreamweavers Basket Guild of Northeast Ohio
    Please visit the website for more information.
    The mission of this non-profit guild is to use their abilities to investigate basket making, to share their discoveries and expertise, and to have fun while exploring. Come and enjoy the camraderie of others who share an interest in basket making.
    Meetings are typically held on the second Wednesday of the month at the Kirtland Library in Kirtland, Ohio and begin at 6:30pm.
    All new Retreat attendees are automatically registered as Guild members. Annual dues are payable with your Retreat registration.
    Annual basket retreat is the first weekend in October at the Joseph Badger Meadows Camp & Conference Center in Burghill, Ohio.
    Contact Venie Hinson at e-mail or (216-905-4560) for more informtion.
  • Heart of Ohio Basketweavers Guild
    Meetings are third Wednesday of the month (except July) at Maize Manor Methodist Church, on Maize Road in Columbus, Ohio just south of Cooke Road, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Each meeting has a planned project.
    There is a monthly newsletter and an annual Reed Dying Day in July.
    Yearly dues $15.
  • Heritage Basketry Guild of Dayton
    Meetings are held the 1st Monday of every month from 6:30-9:00 PM in the Community Methodist Church, 339 Meyer Avenue, Riverside, OH. It is at the corner of Burkhardt and Smithville, just off Route 35.
    There is a planned weaving product each month and a monthly newsletter.
    Annual Fall Weave on the third Thursday after Labor Day weekend
    For more information or to obtain the brochure of the event, please visit the Guild website at
  • Maumee Bay Basketweavers Guild
    Contact: Carol Bates, 10751 W. Duff Washa Rd., Oak Harbor, OH 43449, phone 419-898-1516.
  • Medina County Basket Weavers Guild
    They meet the first Thursday of the month (except June, July & August) at 7:30pm.
    For further information contact: Nancy Haake, 11605 Prospect Road, Strongsville, OH 44149-2927, (440)238-5434 or e-mail.
  • Ohio Gourd Society
    OH Gourd Society Website
    The Ohio Gourd Society as a nonprofit corporation with the purpose of promoting the growing and crafting of gourds, as well as promoting and conducting the annual Ohio Gourd Show.
    The Society is educational in nature and will accomplish the purpose by encouraging and supporting presentations, displays and seminars by Society members, providing educational resources and exhibits throughout the State, and conducting the Ohio Gourd Show in a manner exchange of gourd-related, information and cultivation and crafting techniques.
    Membership in the Ohio Gourd Society is US $10.00 per year. With your membership, you will receive four issues of "Gourd Greeting" with articles about growing, selling, crafting, gourd hints and official notices about the Ohio Gourd Society such as meetings and special events. The opportunity to participate in the Ohio Gourd Show each October either as an exhibitor, volunteer or vendor, chances to meet other gourd friends and to submit articles about your gourd experiences. With your membership in the Ohio Gourd Society, you will have free admission to the Ohio Gourd Show.
    The Ohio Gourd Show will be held at the Darke County Fairgrounds at Greenville OH, Fall 2011. Contact Bruce Barber, Show Chair at e-mail or 740-965-4661 for more information.
  • Ohio Valley Basketweavers Guild
    Meetings are at 7:00pm on the third Wednesday of the month at United Church of Christ corner of Tower and Jefferson in Cincinnati.
    For more information contact:
    Margie Hayes 6260 Price Rd. Loveland OH 45140
    Tele:(513)683-4131 e-mail
  • Stateline Friends Weaving Retreat 2007
  • The Village Weavers
    This group just gets together and weaves, no dues, no officers, no business. They meet the first Saturday of each month.
    Meetings are held at Sauder Village at 9:30 am until 2:00 pm.
    They hire some guest teachers and do demonstrations for the village.
    For more information, contact: Joan Culler e-mail
    Camp Weave-Away, a basket maker's retreat that is being sponsored by the Village Weavers Basket Guild of Northwest Ohio - November, and the location is The Brethren Retreat Center in Shipshewana, Indiana. This retreat is an opportunity for basket makers to complete unfinished projects, prepare for Christmas gifts and sales, shop the Christmas sales in downtown Shipshewana, or simply to share their love of basket making with others who love the art.
    Shipshewana, easily accessible from Interstate 80, is a center of Amish culture in northeastern Indiana and these dates coincide with the opening of their Christmas shopping season and sales.
    There will be no formal basket instruction or vendors offered during this weekend, and the schedule will be loosely structured to allow participants to have the freedom to choose what their activities will be. Housing will be dormitory style and will be ladies only. The weekend includes 2 nights lodging and 5 Amish style meals.
    This is your opportunity to have a relaxing yet productive weekend in a tranquil setting and make new friends with ladies who share your passion for baskets.
    If you have any questions please contact Joan Culler (see above) or Lin Ruggles at e-mail.
  • West Side Basket Guild
    They meet the second Wednesday of the month (except for January, July & August) at 7:00pm at the Mahler Historical Society in Berea, OH.
    For further information contact: Nancy Haake, 11605 Prospect Road, Strongsville, OH 44149-2927, (440)238-5434 or e-mail
  • Wildwood Basketry Guild
    Wildwood Cultural Center 7645 Little Mountain Road, Mentor OH 44060
    For more info, visit their website:
    WinterWeave - Annual basket confernce February.
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  • Basketweaver's Guild of Oklahoma
    Meetings are held every other month (Jan., March, May, July, Sept., Nov.) on the second Saturday of the month.
    Guild Website
    Meetings start at 10:00 and usually go until 2:00 pm. There is a class or demonstration of some type following the business meetings.
    Meetings are held at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd, Oklahoma City, OK 73111.
    They publish a newsletter to all members six (6) times per year.
    For a complimentary newsletter and membership form write to: Marcia Balleweg at 334180 E. 950 Rd., Wellston, OK 74881 or e-mail. Visitors are always welcome!
    The 14th Annual Oklahoma Weavers Weekend will be held at in Hinton, OK in October, 2013. Registration includes camp-style accommodations (you bring twin sized bedding, towels etc.) 4 meals (3 Saturday meals and breakfast on Sunday), door prizes, raffle, Trash-to-Treasure Sale, welcome packet and gift. The entire catalog can be viewed at Guild Website.
    Contact Janet Newman at e-mail.
  • Oklahoma Native American Basketweavers Association
    The goal is education of Native American basketry of tribes relocated to Oklahoma.
    They hold workshops, basket weaving gatherings, network, demonstrate at tribal festivals and more.
    Activities currently involve a meeting with activities every other month on Saturday in the OKC or Tulsa area.
    Many of the members are also members of the Basketweavers Guild of Oklahoma and they consider them strong supporters.
    For more information, go to the website or contact Peggy Brennan e-mail
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  • See also: Association of Northwest Weavers' Guilds
  • Columbia Basin Basketry Guild
    CBBG Website
    Mailing Address: c/o Multnomah Art Center (MAC) - 7688 SW Capitol Hwy. - Portland, OR 97219
    Guild purpose: The purpose of the Columbia Basin Basketry Guild is to preserve, promote, and teach the art of basketry.
    Meetings and Activities:
    Executive Board Meeting: 1st Monday of each month, 7-9pm, MAC, Room 34 General Meeting: 3rd Thursday of each month, 6:30 - 9:30pm, MAC Auditorium Each month has a speaker, or hands-on, and December is a potluck. 4th Monday Weave-Ins: 4th Monday of each month, 6:30 - 9:30pm, MAC, Room 34, This is a hands-on timer with various weaving techniques or related crafts.
    Willamette Valley Basket Weavers Study Group: This is a group in the mid to southern part of the Willamette Valley (some distance from the Portland area) that meets the 3rd Saturday of the month in Corvallis, Eugene, or Scio. Hands-on.
    Gourd Study Group: This is a group of individuals interested in working with gourds. They meet from 3 - 5pm on a Sunday each month. Gatherings: Each year the guild sponsors gatherings of local natural materials.
    Newsletter: A newsletter is published 11 times a year. Deadline for the newsletter is the 21st of the month.
    Visitors are always welcome.
    Contact person: Judy Miles e-mail
  • See also: Great Basin Basketmakers
  • Twining Rivers Basketry Society
    Eugene, OR
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  • Basketweavers Guild of Bedford County
    Basketweavers Guild of Bedford County (PA) - holds monthly classes open to members and non-members on the second Saturday of each month.
    Since beginning in January '06, the group has been invited each year to teach basketry to elementary school students, and to participate in community events.
    The Basketweavers Guild of Bedford County (PA) will host their annual retreat October, 24th - 26th, 2014 at the Best Western Hotel off the Bedford, PA turnpike exit.
    For more information about the Guild and the annual conventions, visit their website
    If you are unable to attend the full 3 days of the retreat (Friday evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning) there is a one- or two-day registration fee schedule.
    To receive a brochure or more information about the convention or guild please visit their website. The Country Seat will be vending at the 2013 Bedford Convention! If you are planning on attending and would like to place an order to be brought to the convention, please call, e-mail or indicate "pick up at Bedford" in the comments of an on-line order at least one week prior to the event. I will be bringing lots of goodies, but can't pack the whole store, so if there is something special you want, please let me know!
  • Central Pennsylvania Basket Weavers' Guild Central PA Basketweaver's Guild - CPBW
    The Central Pennsylvania Basketweaver's Guild was established in 1997 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
    The CPBWG meetings are held monthly - locations vary. Meetings may occur on Sunday afternoons (usually the second Sunday of the month) or on a Saturday if it's a full day weave. See the website for updated schedules.
    Almost every meeting will include some kind of weaving.
    To visit the Guild's Web site, click here: Central PA Basket Weavers Guild
    Please visit the website for the latest newsletter and Odyssey information: Central PA Basket Weavers Guild
    14th Annual, Weaving Odyssey - September 18-21 2014
    Now in Gettysburg, PA.
    Visit the website for complete registration and class information.
    The Country Seat will be vending at the 2013 Odyssey! If you are planning on attending and would like to place an order to be brought to the convention, please call, e-mail or indicate "pick up at Odyssey" in the comments of an on-line order at least one week prior to the event. I will be bringing lots of goodies, but can't pack the whole store, so if there is something special you want, please let me know!
    10th Annual Spring Fever 2015 Weekend Weaving Retreat April - held at the Gitt Mansion near Hanover, PA - Contact the Guild for more information.

    Some meetings call for you to bring tools with you, here is a list of Usual Supplies - water bucket or basin, spray bottle, towel, scissors, clothes pins or clamps, sharp knife, measuring tape, yard stick, spoke weight, awl or tool for opening spaces, small pair of pliers, sanding pads or paper. This is a basic basket weaver's tool kit. Of course none of us have stopped there, have we?

  • Lehigh Valley Basket Weavers
    a membership organization, whose goal is to promote basket making in the Lehigh Valley. Membership is open to anyone who has an interest in hand weaving baskets.
    Their email address is
    They are looking for new members or just attendees, you can attend without being a member. Beginners welcome, don't be shy.
    Classes are held at the Lehigh County Senior Center
    The Weavers meet the second Monday of the month 6:30 - 10:00 PM.
    Please bring these tools to all classes:
    heavy duty scissors or shears; 10 - 15 wooden spring type clothespins; soft 60" tape measure; dish pan or bucket; old towel/apron; awl, ice pick or small flathead screwdriver and butter knife.
    Remember you can sign up for future classes at any meeting, or by emailing a club officer prior to the deadline for that month.
  • Pennsylvania Gourd Society
    Mission statement: Promoting the use of gourds in Pennsylvania, growing different varieties and using them in artistic and functional craft by providing a supportive and educational environment for our members and the community.
    Quarterly newsletter
    Annual Gourd Fest ~ June 20th - 22nd, 2013 Visit their Website for more information.
  • see also Northeast Basketmakers Guild
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  • Penn-Jersey Basketry Guild, Inc.
    Penn-Jersey Basketry Guild (Formerly the Basketmakers of New Jersey - this guild has expanded to include members in Eastern PA).
    Membership includes several newsletters, plus a calendar of events.
    Meetings are held at least quarterly, but classes are held whenever they can be arranged. The meetings are held throughout NJ and Eastern PA (trying to keep no more than 3 hours traveling time for anyone).
    Special Events:
    January: Annual Open House Party
    September: Annual Meeting -
    To become a member contact:
    Penn-Jersey Basketry Guild c/o Malle Whitaker 90 Ridge Avenue Passaic Park, NJ 07055-2419
  • see also Northeast Basketmakers Guild
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  • Lakelands Basketry Guild of South Carolina
    (located in Chappells, about halfway between Greenville and Columbia).
    Jane Wilson of Greenwood - president (864 229 6239)
    Mamye Enlow - newsletter editor (864 995 3527)
    A basketry learning session is planned for every meeting.
    "Despite the awful stormy weather, we had 22 to attend the initial meeting - the learning project was a beginners pencil basket, with a rolled border.
  • The Palmetto Gourd Patch
  • South Carolina Gourd Society
    Facebook Page
  • Upper South Carolina Basketmakers' Guild
    Newsletter 6 times a year
    Contact: Sandra Elbrecht: e-mail (newsletter editor)
    Meetings: monthly (except July) at 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Lutheran Church Our Saviour, 2600 Wade Hampton Blvd, Greenville SC
    The Guild sponsors a spring and fall workshop open to interested basketmakers (contact Sandra Elbrecht or Dolores von Rosen e-mail to have name added to mailing list); members only workshops are held 3 to 4 times a year; every other year a two day "Gathering" takes the place of a spring workshop. The Guild participates in several sales each year, decorates a Christmas tree for Hospice, and holds a dyeing party.
    12th Weave-In, June 2013 Greenville, S.C.
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