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.

Fall/Winter 2018/2019 Program Year

The Salt Spring Island Basketry Guild launched its 2018-2019 program in September.

In September the Guild had two workshops by Vicki Lash - one on making bracelets with a variety of materials and another on wrapping rocks.

Also in September the Guild enjoyed a presentation by willow basket maker, Anna Mette Hjørnholm, visiting from Denmark.

In October the Guild started making holiday ornaments to be sold at Wintercraft again this year. Proceeds will be donated to the Salt Spring Island Food Bank. Wintercraft is open from Nov 23 to Dec 22 at Mahon Hall (

On November 18 (Sunday), the Guild will have a workshop on making trivets with Marianne Grittani.

Highlights for 2019 include Joan Carrigan's presentation on her basketry travels (including a visit to Ireland!), Heather Martin-McNab teaching a project using rush, a field trip to Dunbar Gardens in Mt Vernon, WA to visit willow basketmaker Katherine Lewis, and a presentation by visiting Danish basketmaker, Ane Lyngsgaard.

Don't forget to renew your membership or sign up as a new member to receive regular email updates.

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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