Baskets and Gourds Containers of Our Culture VII

The conference is sponsored by the Tulare/Sequoia Gourd Patch, and the California Gourd Society. This is the seventh Basket/Gourd Conference to be held in the city of Visalia, California.

We’re so glad you’re coming to the Central Valley ‐ we have a wonderful conference planned, and as you schedule your trip, we hope that you’ll consider extending your stay to enjoy the many opportunities our beautiful area has to offer.

First, Visalia is aptly named “The Jewel of the Valley.” It’s a unique city with small town charm, parks, rivers, lakes, and great restaurants. You might catch a Rawhide baseball game, play some golf, walk the trails, ride the trolley, or try your luck in a nearby casino.

Perhaps you feel more adventurous and want to go white‐water rafting on your way up to Sequoia National Park. Once in the park, hike up Moro Rock, and stroll amongst the giant sequoias. Plan on spending a few days camping with your family or stay in Three Rivers at the Lazy J Motel.

If you plan carefully, your visit to the area could also include the Three Rivers JazzAffair, the California Antique Farm Equipment Show, or Team Roping at a local rodeo.

So, consider combining your creative energy at our Baskets and Gourds Conference with a family vacation and experience the varied activities in the Central Valley.

FRIDAY, APRIL 27:
Arts Visalia
214 E. Oak Avenue, Visalia, California
(559) 739‐0905

SATURDAY, APRIL 28:
Elks Lodge
3100 W. Main Street, Visalia, CA
Silent Auction opens 8:00am
Check‐in 8:00am – 8:45am
Artisans and Vendors 8:00am – 5:00pm
Classes
(Lunch time is at the discretion of the teacher)
9:00am – 4:00pm
Teachers’ Marketplace and Reception 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Buffet Dinner and Keynote Speaker 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Silent Auction Ends 6:30pm ‐ Results forthcoming

SUNDAY, APRIL 29:
Elks Lodge
3100 W. Main Street, Visalia, CA
Check‐in 8:00am – 8:45am
Artisans and Vendors 8:00am – 4:00pm
Classes
(Lunch time is at the discretion of the teacher)


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Toni Best
P.O. Box 6846
Visalia, CA 93290
(559) 627‐5430
tonibestbaskets@gmail.com
If you would like to contribute anything to our Silent Auction we are seeking donations at this time. Please contact Toni Best if you have any questions.  
At the 2016 conference we awarded scholarships to 13 needy students. We are trying to do this again this year, however, have had no luck with obtaining grants. Anyone who would like to donate, the scholarships are $125 per student. Please help spread the love of art to these kids.

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Basket Conference 2018

SATURDAY CLASSES

All classes are $65.00 plus materials fees

#101 Saturday – Certified Zentangle Instructor

Instructor: Judy Burkett – Flintville, TN

Gourd bowl with pine needle rim and base. The bowl is half of a cannonball gourd which we will tangle inside and out with a black

Identi pen. After our tangling is finished, we will add a pine needle rim and attach a pine needle base.

Dimensions of the project: 3.5” x 6”

Materials & preparation fee: $25 All Levels

Tools needed: None

#102 Saturday – Carved Grape Bowl

Instructor: Gloria Cane – Hesperia, CA

Learn how to create this fabulous bowl using your rotary carver and just a few burrs that you probably already have in your

toolbox. In this class, you will apply the pattern onto a precut and cleaned gourd, carve the grapes and leaves to make them stand

out, and learn how to create the speckled texture around the rim. The gourd will be finished using dyes. Class will be held outside.

Dimensions of the project: 7” x 4”

Materials & preparation fee: $40 All Levels

Tools needed: Rotary carver with flexible shaft (please, no cordless carvers), ball burrs #106, #107, and #191, an inverted cone

and cone burr, a good quality dust mask or respirator, and a heat tool

#103 Saturday – Small Shaker Wood Chip Basket

Instructor: JoAnn Kelly Catsos – Ashley Falls, MA

This ¼ scale version of a Shaker utility basket is made like the original – chase‐woven of finely prepared black ash splint over a

wooden mold, with lengthwise handle, hardwood rims, and cherry runners lashed to the bottom.

Dimensions of the project: 4” x 2.5” x 3.5”

Materials & preparation fee: $65 Intermediate

Tools needed: Small, narrow packing tool, sharp scissors, small diagonal cutters, 1 cup water container, 12 alligator clips, pencil

#104 Saturday – Carved Turtle with Pottery Shards

Instructor: Kristy Dial – Minden, NV

Carve a classic design and learn how to inlay authentic pottery shards and a cabochon. We will be wood burning, carving, and

perfecting the art of inlay. The gourd will be finished with a rim of Torrey Pine needles. The skills you will learn or master in this

class can be used on any gourd project. It will be a fun day of carving a great piece of art! Class will be held outside.

Dimensions of the project: 9” x 7”

Materials & preparation fee: $40 All Levels

Tools needed: A good quality dust mask, mini jig saw, wood burner, an awl, power carving tool (Dremel, Master Carver, etc.), and

any burrs you may have. I will have burrs available to purchase.

#105 Saturday – Garden Basket

Instructor: Cookie Hanson – Seal Beach, CA

The basket is twined using garden materials. Twining with many garden materials (such as Dracaena draco, King Palm, seed

stalks, etc.), a unique basket both in shape and texture is achieved.

Dimensions of the project: 8” x 8” x 8” x 10”

Materials & preparation fee: $40 All Levels

Tools needed: Scissors and a towel

#106 Saturday – Woven Connections

Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger – Peru, IN

Using copper sheeting and a variety of fiber stitching and weaving techniques, students will create unique jewelry. Patinas, wire

techniques, and design approaches for a wide range of jewelry will be included, as well as earrings, broaches, and necklaces. Cold

connections, low‐tech metal techniques, and endless embellishing techniques will also be given.

Dimensions of the project: varies

Materials & preparation fee: $48 All Levels

Tools needed: Metal shears, bench block, bent nose pliers, needle nose pliers, wire cutters, hammer (ball peen hammer is great)

#107 Saturday – Antler Basket

Instructor: Bonnie Kennedy – Reno, NV

Learn how to drill and insert spokes into an antler. The basket is a ribbed basket, and the shape and dimensions of the basket are

dependent on how the rib holes are drilled. The antlers will be sheds, so they are legal in the state of California.

Dimensions of the project: varies

Materials & preparation fee: $65 All Levels

Tools needed: Regular basketry tools, a soaking bucket, wood glue, and a drill

#108 Saturday – Star Weave Pouch or Basket

Instructor: Margaret Mathewson – Alsea, OR

This is open hexagonal plaiting in two shapes. You may do one or both as time allows. Advanced students may try the round one

in upright or bias plaiting for variation. Cross threading decorative strands will also be shown. Materials include flat reed, bark

strips, and/or split willow or redbud shoots for color effects.

Dimensions of the project: varies

Materials & preparation fee: $45 All Levels

Tools needed: Clippers or strong scissors, towel, twisty ties, clips or small clamps

#109 Saturday – Gingko Leaf

Instructor: Marilyn Moore – Iowa City, IA

Using Marilyn’s unique method of color blending using copper wire for spokes, explore the use of fine colored wires as a twining

material. Your Gingko leaf will glow when the light hits it. If desired, twine in a pin which will turn your leaf into a brooch.

Dimensions of the project: 3.5” x 3”

Materials & preparation fee: $85 All Levels

Tools needed: Small wire cutters, chain nose pliers, embroidery needles sizes 1‐5, nylon jaw wire straighteners, personal light,

and extension cord

#110 Saturday – Pine Needle Cuff Bracelet

Instructor: Vicky Nickelson – Kent, WA

A unique cuff bracelet coiled with pine needles and embellished with beads. We will utilize a wire form and wrap it with artificial

sinew, using the double button hole stitch. We will coil pine needles around the form using the wheat and fern stitch. The beads

will be added using the fagoting stitch.

Dimensions of the project: 7” x 1.5”

Materials & preparation fee: $30 All Levels

Tools needed: Scissors and a flexible tape measure

#111 Saturday – Sweet Split Cedar

Instructor: Polly Adams Sutton – Seattle, WA

Using the natural thickness of western red cedar bark, this basket will begin with a twill base. The spokes will be split and then

twined with mellowed northwest sweetgrass, creating patterns with the inner and outer walls of cedar. Two folded borders finish

the piece.

Dimensions of the project: 5” x 2.5” x 2.5”

Materials & preparation fee: $85 All Levels

Tools needed: Packing tool, basket shears, tapestry needle, squirt bottle, small old towel

#112 Saturday – Gourd Mask

Instructor: Don Weeke– Julian, CA

Create a unique gourd mask by combining pyrography (7 different tips); a variety of embellishments – fibers, beads, acorn caps;

and color – dyes, inks, and acrylic paint. Explore the use of crackle paint. Learn three ways to attach gourd parts as facial features.

Class will be held outside.

Dimensions of the project: 12‐20”x 8‐12”

Materials & preparation fee: $35 All Levels

Tools needed: Scissors, Dremel or electric drill and drill bits, mini electric or exact saw, wood burning tool, glue

#113 Saturday – Cedar Water Bottle or Vase Cover

Instructor: Jennifer Wool– Mount Hamilton, CA

Working with cedar, learn several different weaves: straight, diamond, arrow. Finish with a flip and fold rim.

Dimensions of the project: 3” x 7”

Materials & preparation fee: $45 All Levels

Tools needed: Basic basketry tools and water spray bottle

SUNDAY CLASSES

All classes are $65.00 plus materials fees

 

#201 Sunday – Over the Shoulder

Instructor: Toni Best – Visalia, CA

Utilizing pine needles coiled on a gourd, students will create a base of three coils. The wavy floating coils go in and out two

holes cut in the gourd to create "clothes" on the body of the gourd with a "scarf" going over the shoulder.

Dimensions of the project: 6” x 6” x 6” x 13”

Materials & preparation fee: $45 All Levels

Tools needed: Apron

 

#202 Sunday – Certified Zentangle Instructor

Instructor: Judy Burkett – Flintville, TN

Gourd bowl with pine needle rim and base. The bowl is half of a cannonball gourd which we will tangle inside and out with a black

Identi pen. After our tangling is finished, we will add a pine needle rim and attach a pine needle base.

Dimensions of the project: 3.5” x 6”

Materials & preparation fee: $25 All Levels

Tools needed: None

 

#203 Sunday –Berkshire Backpack

Instructor: JoAnn Kelly Catsos – Ashley Falls, MA

This little pack of black ash splint has all the features of a full size back pack – lashed rims, leather harness, and skeds on the

bottom. It is chase‐woven over a puzzle mold that is later taken apart to be removed. Perfect for business cards.

Dimensions of the project: 2.75” x 2.5” x 4”

Materials & preparation fee: $65 Intermediate

Tools needed: Small, narrow packing tool, sharp scissors, small diagonal cutters, 1 cup water container, 12 alligator clips, pencil

 

# 204 Sunday – Peacock on Manzanita

Instructor: Gloria Crane – Hesperia, CA

To create this beautiful peacock perched on a manzanita branch, you will incorporate wood burning, carving, metallic inks,

regular ink dye, and pigment powders. The unique rim cut is embellished with variegated gold leaf. After this fun class, you will no

longer be intimidated by, or have problems with, gold leaf application. Class will be held outside.

Dimensions of the project: 5” x 10”

Materials & preparation fee: $45 All Levels

Tools needed: Adjustable wood‐burner and your favorite pens for burning tight, curved lines, a power carver with flexible shaft

(please no cordless carvers), #107 ball burr, your favorite burr for removing gourd skin, a heat tool, a good quality dust mask or

respirator, small paint brushes, soft mop brush, and an X‐acto knife with sharp blade

 

#205 Sunday – Hammered Copper Shards

Instructor: Kristy Dial – Minden, NV

Create striking copper shards that will certainly add the “Wow‐factor” to your gourds. Learn to anneal, emboss, hammer, and

heat the copper and copper mesh for a beautiful rainbow of colors. You will hang your beautiful shards with suede lace. Use the

exciting TransTint dyes. You will leave with a finished gourd. Class will be held outside.

Dimensions of the project: 8” x 6”

Materials & preparation fee: $35 All Levels

Tools needed: Wood burner and mini jigsaw

 

#206 Sunday – Rib Play

Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger – Peru, IN

Students will learn to make a small rib construction basket using her unique approach. Mary will guide students through a small

woven leaf shape basket/sculpture. Using twigs, branches, round reed, and willow for the frame and cane for weavers, students

will learn a variety of tricks to make this form of basketry fun, spontaneous, impressive, and easy.

Dimensions of the project: 12” x 4‐6”

Materials & preparation fee: $48 All Levels

Tools needed: Scissors

 #207 Sunday – Pine Needle

Instructor: Bonnie Kennedy – Reno, NV

Learn how to start a pine needle basket from a pre‐drilled start. Also learn how to chase weave pine needles.

Dimensions of the project: Various

Materials & preparation fee: $60 All Levels

Tools needed: Scissors and thimble if desired

 

#208 Sunday – Exploring Random Weave

Instructor: Margaret Mathewson – Alesa, OR

Explore random weave in many natural materials including willow, dogwood, wisteria, ivy, clematis, grape, cedar root, “beach”

roots, and decorative ferns, grasses, and barks. Make a pouch, jar, purse, sphere, dish…. or ‘art.’ You may leave the body of the

basket unadorned or add a ‘clasping’ medallion with a random center. (Students may not finish the medallion in a single day).

Dimensions of the project: Varies

Materials & preparation fee: $45 All Levels

Tools needed: Clippers or strong scissors, towel, and twisty ties

 

#209 Sunday – Beaded Dragonfly Wall Hanging OR Beading on a Gourd

Instructor: Sam McKinney – Lindsay, CA

Students will be able to choose one of two projects:

Beading on a Gourd – Students will learn the art of bead work by using # 11 seed beads to create multiple reverse scallops around

a gourd. The gourds are prepped and ready to bead.

Beaded Dragonfly Wall Hanging – Using # 11 seed beads, students will make two unique dragonflies. The technique of spiraling

will be used to make a 3‐D look to the body.

Dimensions of the project: Dragonfly: 8.5” x 6.5”; Beaded Gourd: 3” x 4.5”

Materials & preparation fee: Beaded Gourd: $40; Dragonfly: $45 All Levels

Tools needed: Hemostats for the bowl

 

#210 Sunday – Basket Beauties

Instructor: Marilyn Moore – Iowa City, IA

Learn to twine and make miniature baskets to create these little “Beauties.” Shaping and blending colors with fine colored wires is

the focus of this class. Attach your favorite beads to dangle beneath the discs and make a very wearable pair of earrings, with a

pendant to match.

Dimensions of the project: Pendant: 1.5” Earrings: 1”

Materials & preparation fee: $75 All Levels

Tools needed: Small wire cutters, chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, small straight Weave Rite packing tool, embroidery

needles sizes 15, nylon jaw wire straighteners, and personal light

 

#211 Sunday – Pine Needle Pendant

Instructor: Vicky Nickelson – Kent, WA

A spectacular pine needle pendant! We will utilize a plastic ring and cover it with varying threads using the double buttonhole

stitch. Pine needles are coiled around the ring using the wheat and fern stitch. Then the fun part: embellishing with beads!

Dimensions of the project: 2” x 2”

Materials & preparation fee: $30 All Levels

Tools needed: None


#212 Sunday – Chasing Beargrass

Instructor: Polly Adams Sutton – Seattle, WA

Chase twine northwest sweetgrass over prepared cedar bark while simultaneously weaving beargrass. Class participants will learn

to prepare beargrass. The finish is a saw tooth folded border.

Dimensions of the project: 3.75” x 3.5” x 2.75”

Materials & preparation fee: $78 All Levels

Tools needed: Packing tool, basketry shears, tapestry needle, squirt bottle, small old towel

 
#213 Sunday – Couching on a Gourd

Instructor: Don Weeke – Julian, CA

Students will couch (sew) date palm inflorescence onto the gourd surface and finish by coiling a top. They will also learn ways to

cover exposed ends, add material, hide knots, and form a continuous loop. Class will be held outside.

Dimensions of the project: 8‐10” x 8‐10”

Materials & preparation fee: $35 All Levels

Tools needed: Scissors, ruler, Dremel or electric drill with drill bits, needle nose pliers, darner needle, wood burning tool

 

#214 Sunday – Cedar Woven Purse

Instructor: Jennifer Wool – Mount Hamilton, CA

Students will be weaving, doing the arrow weave and a flip and fold rim. Finally, they will attach a leather flap and strap for the

finished product.

Dimensions of the project:

2” x 5” x 5”

Materials & preparation fee: $45 Intermediate

Tools needed: Basketry shears, spray water bottle__