Guild Meetings

May 8, 2024 (Wednesday): Cael Chappell: "Updates from New Mexico" --- ZOOM ONLY

Please enjoy a presentation by Cael Chappell, a member of NWBW (and CBBG) and current President of the National Basketry Organization. Cael has entertained us before, first 0n 9/10/20 when we were just settling into Covid, and again a year later on 9/8/21 when we growing quite tired of life under Covid making plans to dig ourselves out with in-person /  hybrid meetings. 

Cael will give an update on Baskets of Africa and the new Journey he has started on. He’ll discuss how he’s been working to wrap up one phase in his life and how he’s starting to move into an exciting new phase – opening a fiber arts center in Albuquerque, NM. He has secured a site for a basketry and loom weaving center, dye workshop, natural dye garden, classrooms, studio space, and retail area. How to get from here to there? Only about a million steps to achieving the vision…

Cael has been working with basket weavers in Africa since 1991. In 2017 he started weaving his own baskets, primarily using waxed linen thread. Because of his innate understanding of basketry, he quickly developed his own unique style of whimsical weaving. His baskets exhibit personality and life which engages viewers.

Cael was selected as one of Fiber Art Network’s 20 Emerging Artists in 2020 and for Excellence in Fibers 2024. He has a basket traveling until 2026 in the National Basketry Organization and Studio Art Quilt Association’s “Art Evolved: Intertwined” exhibition. One of his pieces was selected for the Handweaver Guild of America’s “Small Expressions” traveling show and two others for their “Dogwood to Kudzu” basketry show. In 2023, he was invited to participate in an Australian show called “Redefining the Basket”. The American Tapestry Alliance invited him in 2023 to exhibit in “Caution! Men Running With Scissors!”

His work has been featured in many other exhibitions and publications. Cael enjoys teaching and is writing a book on twining in waxed linen thread. He often does presentations to weaving guilds and groups across the country.

Join via Zoom from home; there will be no gathering at PNC.

MEETING DETAILS: May 8, 2024 @ 6:30PM, Wednesday.  Barbara will appear via Zoom.


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 the Zoom App” and follow instructions). For tablet or phone, go to your App store and Search and download “Zoom Workplace” (or whatever Zoom is currently calling its App). 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!

May 8, 2024 (Wednesday): Barbara Kommer: "Two Passions: Mastering Basketry and Leading a Guild"

Please enjoy a presentation by Barbara Kommer, a member of NWBW and President of the Columbia Basin Basketry Guild. Barbara will be joining us via Zoom from Portland, OR.
join via Zoom from home, or with the in-person contingent at PNC.

Barbara Kommer is a basket maker, teacher, and leader. She weaves full-turn twined baskets with wool yarn and her own modern designs. Her interest in Native American art led her to basketry. “I wanted to better understand what made a good basket,” she says. Barbara is president of the Columbia Basin Basketry Guild, a position she has held for nine years. During her tenure CBBG’s membership has more than doubled and the guild has become a leader in online programming. Barbara teaches full-turn twining through CBBG as well as privately. She first learned this weave from Kay Harradine.

MEETING DETAILS: May 8, 2024 @ 6:30PM, Wednesday.  Barbara will appear via Zoom.


“Fuzzy Twill”, full turn twining by Barbara Kommer


April 10, 2024 (Wednesday): Erin Cox: "Backyard Materials"'

Let’s explore safe and respectful foraging for backyard basketry beginners. Whether you live in an urban, suburban or rural setting there are forage-able weaving materials to be found. You might have to explore with new eyes and set reminders in your calendar…but there are goodies to be had year round. We’ll collaborate to create a plant list for a “weaver’s garden” and start a foraged fibers calendar! For those of you able to attend in person, I will bring samples of materials I have foraged and baskets made. I will also have 20ish copies of Grounds for Gathering for sale – my favorite book on the topic! (sorry no shipping)

REMINDER: Guild meetings are open to the public…would this be a fun session to invite a new friend interested in basketry? Show and tell is always fun!

About Erin…
I live in urban Seattle and you’ll often find me exploring hidden parks and neighborhoods for foraging finds. From pine needle baskets to daylily and tule hats – there are so many great weaving materials that grow in our PNW backyard. I want to try them all!

MEETING DETAILS: April 10th, 2024 @ 6:30PM, Wednesday.  This meeting will be in person and on Zoom (i.e. hybrid).


March 13, 2024 (Wednesday): Annual Guild Meeting


Join Us for the NWBW Annual Guild Meeting!
Our Annual Guild Meeting is Wednesday, March 13th. You can attend in person or via Zoom. Join us to learn how the Guild is doing, and vote for your new Board members. There will be reports on the Guild’s finances, membership, and upcoming events like Retreat, Coiling Convergence and Mary Irvine Basket Day. We will also have a Q&A session if you have something you were wondering about, or maybe have a good suggestion.

7:00 pm Start: Because we have a lot to cover, we will start the meeting at 7pm. After the committee reports and Q&A session, we will have a vote for our new Board members. This year our nominees are Erin Cox and Daniel Barkley. You can read about Erin and Daniel in the February newsletter. Meeting attendees will be asked if there are any other nominees from the floor before we vote. Please refer to the Bylaws (p.9) and Standing Rules (p.12) of the Guild Handbook for a description of the terms and duties for Board members. After the vote for new Board members the Board will step away for the Transitional Board Meeting.

Show and Share: During the Transitional Board Meeting everyone else will be able to enjoy Show and Share. Please bring something to share. Maybe that new piece you are working on, or maybe an old piece we haven’t seen but should.

Following the Transitional Board Meeting the new Board of Directors will return to present your new slate of officers.

Please join us on March 13th. We appreciate everyone who can attend in person. For those who cannot attend in person, the Zoom link is posted in the Members Only section of this website (password required), in the Newsletter, and will be sent out as a reminder vie eNews.

MEETING DETAILS: March 13th, 2024 @ 7:00 PM, Wednesday.  This meeting will be in person and on Zoom (i.e. hybrid).


February 14, 2024 (Wednesday): Michael Naho'opi'i: "Ulana Lauhala"'

Michael  will present the traditional and modern weaving of the pandanus leaves in Hawaii from its pre-contact historical gathering, processing and uses to its modern diversification of weaving styles, products and techniques.

BIO: Michael Naho’opi’i is a native Hawaiian artist and cultural practitioner focusing on traditional and contemporary Hawaiian implements and crafts.  Michael’s specialty is traditional Hawaiian woven lauhala (pandandus) papale (hats) and jewelry.  Michael has studied under Aunty Gladys Grace of Honolulu, Hawaii as well as other kumu ulana lauhala on the neighboring islands. Michael is also a hula implement maker having studied under Aunty Hanai`ali`i Hayashida.

Michael regularly teaches lauhala weaving for the Honolulu weaving group “Ulana Lokomaikai” during its regular papale classes and workshops as well for the Kona weaving organization “Ka Ulu Laulaha o Kona” at its annual convention. His work has been shown at the National Museum of the American Indians in Washington, DC, the Michigan State University Museum in East Lansing, Michigan and the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii. He has been a featured artist for the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, Bishop Museum exhibits “Ka Lei Papale” and “`Ike Lauhala” and the Maui Arts and Cultural Center exhibit “Ho Mai Ka Hala”.

As a cultural practitioner, Michael is a member of the hula halau, “Ka Pa Hula o Ka Lei Lehua” and was `uniki as an `olapa by Kumu Hula Holoua Stender. He is currently under the training of Kumu Hula Snowbird Bento. Michael was also trained and `uniki as a mo`olono (keeper of the makahiki ceremonies) for the island of Kaho`olawe and has spent 20 years perpetuating the traditions of Lono I Ka Makahiki on Kaho`olawe.

Born and raised in Kaimuki, Oahu, Michael attended the Kamehameha Schools and the United States Naval Academy.  After graduation from Annapolis in 1986, he first served in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear-trained submarine officer in the Pacific Submarine Forces and later as the Naval Officer-in-Charge of Kaho`olawe. After leaving the Navy in 1995, he spent the next ten years on the cleanup of Kaho`olawe eventually rising to the most senior Native Hawaiian on the U.S. Navy project as Senior Project Engineer. After management of Kaho`olawe was transferred back to the State in 2004, Michael worked for the Native Hawaiian Organization, the Hana Group and the Pacific American Foundation (PAF).  He managed health, safety and quality control programs for the Hana Group and native Hawaiian policy and education programs for the PAF. In 2008, he was appointed Executive Director of the Kaho`olawe Island Reserve Commission.

Video: “ST*BA Community Consultation: Mike Naho’opi’i (master of lauhala weaving), Bobby Zokaites (sculptor)”

MEETING DETAILS: February 14th, 2024 @ 6:30PM, Wednesday.  This meeting will be in person and on Zoom (i.e. hybrid).


January 10, 2024 (Wednesday): Joe Van Wassenhove: Basketry - Traveling with Purpose

Joe writes: “One of my interests is traveling.  Another is basketry.  We all travel for basketry, whether we are headed to a conference, a class, a meeting, an open weave, to gather natural materials, or a new museum exhibit.  We are constantly looking for interesting designs, new techniques or materials and new inspiration.

Some of my recent trips to Spain, France, Denmark, Germany and Haida Gwaii have focused mainly on baskets, a great way to satisfy both my interests.  But on many other trips, baskets cropped up unexpectedly in cameo roles.

I hope you will join me at the NWBW Guild meeting on Jan. 10 for a presentation on my travels for baskets along with a display of baskets (some of which I even made!) and basketry books collected along the way.

MEETING DETAILS: January 10th, 2024 @ 6:30PM, Wednesday.  This meeting will be in person and on Zoom (i.e. hybrid).



November 8, 2023 (Wednesday): "Holiday Gift Exchange"

Exchanging gifts at our November 8 General Meeting is a tradition of the Guild. While this used an activity only for in-person meetings, the Magic of Zoom has allowed us to include participants both near and far. The Exchange is organized by Barbara Osborne, who writes…


NWBW Holiday Gift Exchange 2023

If you would like to participate in The NWBasket Weavers Guild Holiday Gift Exchange, please email your name to Barbara Osborne by Monday, October 2. Here are the guidelines and timeline:

By October 2: send your name to I will do the drawing and email you the name of the recipient of your gift by October 5.

You are responsible to get your gift in the mail soon enough so that the gift recipient can open it at our November 8 Guild meeting via Zoom. You are also welcome to hand deliver the gift to your recipient.

Recommended mailing dates: for Canadian mailings, in the mail by October 25; for domestic mailing, in the mail by November 1.

November 8, Zoom meeting with gift opening.

Gift suggestions: a basket or any item made or procured by you (jewelry, scarves, mittens, aprons, whatever you make) basketry books, tools, supplies, materials, hand lotion or soaps, food items like jellies or condiments. If you have questions about what your gift should be and want to discuss it, or the person you draw is someone you have never met and you want some info, email me and I will share with you what I know or ask around to get some suggestions.

Ideally, you will not open the gift you receive before the November 15 meeting, if you can’t wait, wrap it back up and practice looking surprised when you open it again.

Barbara Osborne

MEETING DETAILS: November 8th, 2023 @ 6:30PM, Wednesday.  This meeting will be in person and on Zoom (i.e. hybrid).


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.


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).