Sunday, July 24, 2011

2011 JoAnn Kelly Catsos Worshop

Saturday - Monday, October 8, 9, 10, 2011
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

I am so excited to be able to offer this workshop to make two beautiful baskets with JoAnn Kelly Catsos of Ashley Falls, MA. JoAnn has won numerous awards for her beautiful black ash baskets and in 1999 she was asked to weave an ornament for the White House Christmas Tree. She also was one of the first to receive the Certificate of Excellence Level I Basketmaking from the Handweavers Guild of America. JoAnn and her husband Steve produce all the weaving materials, hardwood rims and handles, and molds themselves. I hope you can join JoAnn and me for this exciting and fun class.

Black Diamond & Diamond Reflections
4.25" dia. x 1.75" deep
These charming twilled bowls are woven of natural and stained black ash splint. They feature a diamond design in the base, twilled sides, black waxed linen rim filler and lashed hardwood rims.

6" Quadrafoil Lidded Cathead & 4" Cherub
5" dia. x 8.5" high    4.5" dia. x 6.5" high
These baskets were inspired by an antique Shaker basket found in the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA. Although smaller than the original, they contain the same classic design elements: the quadrafoil twill design and captured lid. They are woven of finely prepared black ash over two different molds and finished with hardwood rims.

Instructor: JoAnn Kelly Catsos

The workshop will include your choice of Diamond Bowls and 
either the 6" Lidded Cathead or 4" Cherub.

Diamond Bowl + 4" Cherub$285
Diamond Bowl + 6" Lidded Cathead$305

This is a three day advanced workshop
with quadrafoil twill experience necessary.
Both baskets are included in the workshop.

Contact: Tony Stubblefield
if you would like to receive registration information

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Walnut Wave

This is another basket kit I purchased from Marlys Sowers. It features a walnut base, solid rim and turned lid. The basket is woven of cane over cane (the kit included half-round reed uprights, but I substituted my own 5mm cane) with waxed linen. It was a fun basket pattern to weave. You are actually weaving with two different elements at the same time, a strand of cane and a length of brown waxed linen. It took a few minutes to get the pattern down, but once I got into the rhythm it was easy and fun to weave. I would really like to try this pattern again on another basket.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Zebra Wood Vase

4" dia. x 9 3/4" tall
I bought the Marlys Sowers kit for this basket at the Stateline Weaving Retreat and finished it right after I got home. It features a zebra wood base, single-piece rim and lid; and dyed hamburg cane and flat oval reed. The basket is woven over a plastic tumbler which is glued to the base, so it is not only the mold, but also a liner for the vase. While the pattern looks complicated it is actually quite easy and fun to watch form.