Monday, March 21, 2016

7 Ways to Own Your Own Voice

It's been a long time since i posted anything here.
Things change
I am less able to weave - it used to be fun (almost necessary!) to weave several hours a day - sometimes 10 or more. But i can't do that anymore. So my focus is changing.
I can no longer take one these hundred plus hour projects and expect to execute them.

Today there was an article that resonated with my search for a new expression, in Cloth Paper Scissors blog.  
Check it out

7 Ways to Own Your Own Voice | Mixed-Media Art Inspiration

Friday, May 15, 2015

Continuous Threads invitational exhibition opens June 13, 2015 through September 7, 2015

Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, Atlanta (Buford), Georgia , presents  Continuous Threads:  An exhibition that chronicles the historical significance of  weaving in Georgia and the South for the past two-hundred years.  I was invited to participate in this remarkable fiber art exhibition, as a demonstration of how the traditional technique of coiling is carried into the contemporary art realm.  Three of my contemporary art works were selected by curator Ariana Yandell.

There will also be a Fiber Fest associated with this exhibition, Sunday June 28, filled with activities for the whole family. I hope to be there that day, I will keep you posted!~
Here are the pieces that will be in the exhibit, "Green Algae Wave", "Catching the Loon Moon" and "Storm Warning."

photos of "Catching the Loon Moon" and "Storm Warning" by Ronald L. Sowers Photography

Friday, December 27, 2013

More Classes at NCBA 2014: Lynn Hoyt

A couple more great classes at NCBA!  Here are Lynn Hoyt's two beautiful offerings:

Aren't they gorgeous? For more information about the classes, please go to her blogpost about them!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Weaving Classes Offered at NCBA Convention March 2014

It is so exciting every year, North Carolina Basketmaker's Association Convention!

This year, it is March 13 - 16, 2014.

I am teaching 3 classes, and I would love to have you in them!

All three are woven wearables. 

I thought you might like to see them close up, it is so hard to see what they look like in the brochure!

 Corseted Heart Necklace  
THMB35Thursday, 4-6 pm
2 hours, Beginner $26

Weave beautifully understated waxed linen knotless netting over a hand crafted, wonderfully irregular pottery heart. Results in an exquisitely simple and elegant necklace, perfect for Valentine’s Day, bridal, and gift giving. Color choices  This necklace was featured in the September issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine!

Hummingbird Locket  
Thu MB36, Thursday 1-3pm
2 hours, beginner, $35
So adorable, and fast and easy!  Craft wire is used to randomly weave teeny tiny bird’s nests, with gorgeous natural freshwater pearls masquerading as eggs.  Then nestle your tiny creation in natural lichen to make an adorable locket terrarium.  Locket may vary. Students may want magnifier and/or personal light. 


 Lace Window Necklace
SUMB38, Sunday 8-10
2 Hours, All Levels, $28
Learn to weave a beautiful layered weaving in a pottery window of your choice. Many color choices available.  Finish off with beading to make a striking lacy statement necklace!  Light and magnifier recommended. Bring small sharp scissors.


For more information about the convention, and to see the entire brochure online, go to the North Carolina Basketmaker's Association website.
I would love to see you there!


Saturday, September 7, 2013

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Learn a Looping Technique in Belle Armoire Jewelry This Autumn

I am honored to have been asked to write a how-to article for Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine. If you have not read this magazine before, I highly recommend it.  There is always lots of technique based information in it, and wonderful photography.


My article is a basic looping (knotless netting) technique, and includes a project with step by step photos and tips. The project uses my "faux stone" clay hearts, found in my MakeABasket etsy shop.
Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine is published by Stampington & Company, my article is in the Autumn 2013 issue, hitting newstands September 1.  
No news stand near you? No problem!  They offer an online preview and discount, $2 off, plus free shipping. I have used this service before, and it's great!  I love this! My town does not have a book store, where I can buy these, so I have to drive 30 miles to get one, or have a subscription.  The magazine is sent the same time it comes out on news stands, but it is wrapped up (so your neighbor or carrier does not get sucked into reading it) and comes quickly.
The article i have written is previewed in image 7.
You can also subscribe to Stampington & Company newsletters yourself, and get more great previews!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Classes I am Teaching at NCBA 2013: The Case for Baskets

I love teaching at NCBA Convention! This year, it is called "The Case for Baskets" (coordinated by Katie Lake,) and will run March 21-24.  I am teaching 3 classes...but only if someone signs up for them! Is it too late to sign up??? Not at all!
DEADLINE EXTENSION >>>>Sign up for classes until December 28!  
Find the full course offerings and register online on the NCBA Website for the greatest ease of class selection!

Here are some more photos and descriptions of the classes I am offering!  Hope to see you there!
Random Weave Garden Basket
Class #1  Random Weave Garden Basket 
 I have taught this basket for the past two years at convention, and my class has been full both times. We have so much fun in this class, i am so looking forward to teaching it again!  
Random Weave Garden Basket
 See some of the photos posted last year on Facebook of weavers and their work in this class!
Random Weave Garden Basket
 As you can see, there are LOTS Of variations in this free form weaving class. And for most people, here is an opportunity to work with a completely new material!  Fun for all!
Random Weave Garden Basket
Page 19 (Low-Odd Pages)
Friday 8-12am
Random Weave Garden Basket 
4 hours
All levels
13” x 16” x 13” w/o handle varies

Random weave is so much fun! Make a great wall pocket for a plant, or a handled basket, or use your imagination to make your own shape.  These baskets are fabulous accents in the garden or on a porch, and function beautifully as planters.  Lovely bamboo-like pullet vine is novel and wonderful to handle!  Some people weave more than one basket in this class.

Painted Tapestry Window
 Class #2  Painted Tapestry Window
 This is a beautiful wearable piece, completely one of a kind! Very personalizable and creative, can be made almost any color you like, as we will be painting it!
Painted Tapestry Window
  I can't wait for this one!  Additional weaving windows are available in my shop, and of course will be available in class.
Painted Tapestry Window

Page 27 (high-odd pages)
Saturday, 9am - 4pm
Painted Tapestry Window
6 hours
All Levels 
approx. 2”, will vary

Weave a great tapestry style necklace, supported on a hand formed stoneware frame, using 4-ply waxed linen. Add variety to your weaving by painting the waxed linen, and choosing to add your own special pattern of stripes, checkers or tapestry sections.  Each person’s weaving will be unique, both in color and shape.   Recommended tools: personal light, magnifier, tiny clips and sharp scissors.

Elegantly Simple Heart Necklace
Class #3 Elegantly Simple Heart Necklace

Elegantly Simple Heart Necklace
Here is a beautiful heart necklace that is both easy to learn and teaches a great skill - that of capturing an irregular object in free form weaving.  Yes, I will have additional pottery hearts for you, if you like them.  I make them myself!

Elegantly Simple Heart Necklace

Page 33 (high-odd pages)
Sunday, 8am - 10 am
MB10 This is a mini-bonus class, so it does not count towards your 16 hours of class!
Elegantly Simple Heart Necklace
2 hours
1 ½” x 2 ¼” without neck cord

Elegantly Simple Heart Necklace
Weave beautifully understated waxed linen knotless netting over a hand crafted, wonderfully irregular pottery heart. Results in an exquisitely simple and elegant necklace, perfect for Valentine’s Day, bridal, and gift giving. Color choices.

So there you have it!  I would love to weave one (or all!) of these with you.  And, to other NCBA teachers: I am happy to publish your photos and descriptions of your classes in my blog, just send them to me at .

See you there !  Pamela