Working toward my goals as a more professional weaver and instructor is important to me so I actively seek opportunities to learn new skills. Twenty-four years ago I taught myself to weave using a library book for instruction and while it IS possible to be self taught, I've learned that I acquire skills much faster in and environment where someone who knows the skill can teach me and give me feedback as I learn by doing.
Basketry guild meetings have given me the opportunity to do just that. For example, I've had the booklet "FANCY HANDLES FOR Decorative Woven Baskets" for a long time. I've done some of the handle wraps, but really lacked the confidence to try some of them. Others I did try, but just didn't understand. With some basic instruction from at a guild meeting and now some practice, I'm hooked on the Double Strand Braided Handle.
Connecting with other weavers in a relaxed atmosphere to share skills and ideas has really been a tremendous help to my own growth. In addition it gives me a chance to connect with other weavers and enjoy this wonderful craft. For a partial listing of guilds organized by state go to the National Basketry Organization.
Have a great day and enjoy weaving!