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Spoken 'n Weaver
Volume 5, Issue 2

Date: April 3, 2002

In This Issue:

~ In The Spotlight
~ Previous Features
~ Net Picks
~ Link To Free Pattern
~ Reader's Tip
~ Chat About It
~ Post a Note
~ Where You'll Find Us
~ Quote

In The Spotlight

Basketry Events Calendar

Find information on upcoming and in-progress events such as Baskets 2002 - New Perspectives on an Ancient Tradition; Vi Phillips Guild NW Basket Weavers Annual Retreat; Of Myth and Memory; Conference of Northern California Handweavers, Inc.; The Basketry Gathering 2002 at Eiteljorg Museum; Conference of Northern California Handweavers, Inc.; Basket Bash 2002; Festival of American Basketry; Northeast Basketmakers Guild Annual Meeting And Lecture; Stowe Basketry Festival; Silver Dollar City 4th Annual Basket Seminar; Lake Country Basket Guild's Basket Fest; Vissinggaard Big Willow & Basketry Day; Stowe Basketry Festival and many more events.

Check the calendar for details on these events and many others like conferences, exhibits, demonstrations, and workshops planned for dates well into the future. The calendar has different views for day, month and year. Try several ways of viewing the details to see which suits you best.

Forward details or updates of any events you are involved in planning to me so that I can add them.

Previous Features
An alphabetical page of features.

Net Picks
New links have been added throughout the site. Have fun finding them all.

Link To Free Basketry Pattern
Gourd Birdhouse

Spring is busting out all over. You can make a birdhouse for your feathered friends using a cleaned gourd, pine needles, a little raffia and your basketweaving skills.

Tip: It is a good idea to print out a copy of any free pattern on the Internet when you see it, as they often are removed, or only posted for a short time and changed on a revolving basis. Remember to respect people's intellectual property rights. Read and follow all permissions instruction.

The free pattern pages are among the most popular on the BasketMakers site. It is a great way to build traffic to your site. If you have a free pattern on your site that you would like me to list, let me know.

Reader's Tip
"Seagrass dyes very easily. You will need to use twist ties on the ends or it will begin to unravel the longer it is soaked. I haven't dyed any in a while, but as I remember it does look a lot darker when it is wet and lighten and becomes more variegated as it dries. As it is already has a color to start with you won't get the same final colors as you may expect from past reed dying."

Tony Stubblefield
St. Louis, MO

If you have a tip you would like to share with your fellow readers, post it to the message board.

Chat About It
BasketMakers Chat Room
Meet other basketmakers to chat Tuesdays at 11:00 AM, as well as Thursday and Friday nights at 9 PM Eastern. The Pine Needle Group has scheduled chat for Thursday at 9PM Eastern. We would love to see you soon. Let me know if there is something I can do to help you out if you would like to participate or plan a special topic chat.

We are testing a new chat room format. If you would like to try out the new room visit BasketMakers Chat Room Let me know what you think.

Post a Note  
Discuss Basketry In The BasketMakers Forum
Do you have a question about basketry or have a comment about a new basketmaking find you want to share? Join the discussions in the forum. You may enter as a guest and read any or all messages. If you would like to post a new message you will need to sign up.

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"I especially like nature and the appearance of simplicity on the surface. I try to keep my eyes open and notice what is around me." ...Leon Niehues

Woven Wooden Wishes,

Susi Nuss, Editor
ISSN: 1523-7974



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