Guild Meetings

2023 - 2024 Guild Meeting Programs (Sept-August)

October 11th, 2023 (Wednesday): Lois Russell: "From There to Here"


Please join us Wednesday, October 11th at 6:30pm for a presentation by Lois Russell. On Zoom Only.

A wise person… or maybe it was a Hallmark card… said that life is a journey. If so, mine has been a twisted path with lots of bumps and unexpected detours, some of them boring and some great fun. And yet, here I am :making baskets, collecting baskets, teaching about baskets. During my talk I will address the question of how my particular path has taken shape in hopes of spurring reflection. Was all this predictable? A series of fortuitous opportunities? A big mistake? I will touch on grand issues such as free will and the creative process. And I will reveal some of my basketmaking tricks because that is the fun part. And I will show lots and lots of pictures.

Lois Russell makes sculptural basket forms by twining waxed linen. Her award-winning work has been included in many exhibitions and publications. Lois served as president of the National Basketry Organization and now serves on the boards of Penland School of Craft and the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston. Learn more about Lois at

MEETING DETAILS: October 11th, 2023 @ 6:30PM, Wednesday.  This meeting will be on Zoom only.


HOW TO JOIN THE MEETING by ZOOM:  Access Information will be sent by Guild eNews email on the Friday before the meeting, is published in the Guild Newsletter, and is also posted in the Members Only section of this website (access requires password).

Also, as meetings are open to the public, non-members who would like to participate via Zoom should send an email to:

you know the drill.

you will need to have the Zoom Client App on your device (computer, tablet, phone). The easiest way to do this is to go to the following URL:
You will be asked if you want to download the Zoom Client, and given the opportunity to test your connection.

Alternatively, for laptop or desktop, you can use your web browser to go to and download the Zoom Client App ( – click on “RESOURCES” at the top of the page and then “Download Zoom Client” and follow instructions). For tablet or phone, go to your App store and Search and download the Zoom Client. Again, go to to test your connection.

When it is time for the actual meeting, you need only click on the URL in a recent eNews email and also posted in the Members Only section of the website; you will be asked if you want to open Zoom, and offered instructions on how to continue.

TEST YOUR CONNECTION: again, after you have installed the Zoom Client App, you can test your connection by going to in your web browser, and following instructions.

We look forward to seeing all of you!

September 13, 2023 (Wednesday): Karen Magnuson (Sherwood) : "Birch Bark Woven Ornaments"


Please join us Wednesday, September 13th at 6:30pm when Guild Member Karen Magnuson  will lead us in the construction of birch bark ornaments. IN-PERSON and on Zoom.

While exploring Scandinavian traditions in forming birch bark these woven star ornaments continued to present themselves. Over the last few years, they have been a favorite project to share with weavers and non-weavers alike. While easily done with colorful paper, these stars can also be woven from thin cedar strips as well as the traditional strip of birch.  My woven stars have a treasured place on the holiday tree. During the meeting I will speak to harvesting, storing, and preparing birch bark while sharing some stories of gathering birch in Alaska this last year.

For the in-person meeting, Karen will be bringing birch strips for participants to weave with and some tools. A $5.00 materials fee is suggested. For those of you joining by zoom you will wish to have a set of four strips of heavy paper cut evenly into ½” by 12” strips. Colorful scrapbooking paper works great. SUGGESTED TOOLS: sharp scissors, packing tool or blunt awl, small knife.  A demonstration using colored paper will be shown initially, followed by one using birch strips. Warning! These are addicting.

This meeting will be in-person; those attending via Zoom will be provided ample instructions to join in.

MEETING DETAILS: September 13th, 2023 @ 6:30PM, Wednesday.  This meeting will be in person and on Zoom (i.e. hybrid).