Baskets handcrafted by the members of the Salt Spring Island Basketry Guild
Salt Spring Island Basketry Guild

Welcome to the Salt Spring Island Basketry Guild

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The Salt Spring Island Basketry Guild was formed in 1997 by a group of interested basketmakers and collectors. The Guild meets regularly to share basketry skills, educate members about the traditions of basketry, and encourage and inspire each other through:

  • guest speakers on basketry-related topics, such as the history of basketry, basketmakers' travels, and professional basketry artists and their work
  • hands-on learning of traditional and contemporary basketry techniques for all levels of experience
  • special workshops with well-known instructors
  • material gathering and preparation
  • field trips
  • social events
  • opportunities to show/exhibit work
  • information on basketry-related events offered by other groups
More detailed information on Guild activities can be found on this website, including this year's Program and upcoming workshops, how to become a member, a Guild history detailing past events, and links to Guild members and other basketry organizations.

Spring 2017

Now that we are well into 2017, we look forward to a workshop that demystifies "Mad Weave" later this month. Due to a serious bout of winter, we had to postpone Kelly Wilson's willow workshop. Later in April we are looking forward to learning her beautiful willow Scottish rope coil basket. That same weekend the guild will take on another Mystery Bag challenge. You can see pictures of the results of the first challenge a few years ago.

This is the year that the Salt Spring Island Basketry Guild turns 20! To kick things off, The National Basketry Organization featured our guild in their February Over/Under newsletter. NBO has organized an exciting basketry conference this summer, Tradition and Innovation in Basketry IX, check out the details on their website.

To celebrate our 20th birthday, we are planning a few different events. At our library throughout October we are planning a retrospective display featuring members' work (then and now), basketry books we have donated and an array of tools and materials. On October 28th we are inviting the community to join us for basketry demonstrations and hands-on basketry making focusing on kids of all ages.

The Guild will also have a special exhibition of new work at the Salt Spring Gallery of Fine Art from Oct 26-Nov 8. This exhibition follows on the heels of the second biennial 2017 Salt Spring Island National Prize that runs Sept 21-Oct 22. For more info on this exciting Canada-wide event, visit:

Visit the Salt Spring Island Basketry Guild on Facebook You can also find program updates and new photos of Guild activities on our Facebook page.

The Salt Spring Island Basketry Guild aspires to
Encourage, Educate and Have Fun!
Join us!!

basket made by guild member Judy Goodman
Judy Goodman
Heather Martin-McNabb basketry guild member
Heather Martin-McNabb

The Basketry image at the top of the page includes work from the following basket makers (left to right):
Joan Carrigan, Donna Cochran, Judy Goodman, Donna Cochran, Heather Martin-McNabb, Joan Carrigan

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