Guilds for Weavers

NBO works to support the many guilds throughout the country and in Canada. These guilds are the bedrock of basketry education, offering a local or regional welcome to people interested in basketry.

Each guild is independent and plans its own programs, welcoming new members and visitors alike.

Following is a compiled list of the many guilds and their locations, along with the website or Facebook link for contact information. We encourage you to contact them if you are a beginner, an experienced basket maker, or a collector of baskets and traveling through the area, or looking for a basket community after a new move. If your guild is not included on this listing, please email your guild name, location and web link and/or Facebook address to info@nationalbasketry.org. Our goal is to include all of the diverse basket weavers and their guilds across North America!

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Alabama

Dixie Weavers Basketry Guild, Anniston

Arkansas

Arkansas Basketweavers Guild

Arizona

Basket Artisans of Arizona

California

Bay Area Basketmakers

California Indian Basketweavers Association

Los Angeles Basketry Guild

Misti Washington Gourd & Basket Guild

Santa Barbara Fiber Arts Guild

Colorado

Handweavers Guild of Boulder

Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild

Connecticut

The Seatweavers’ Guild

Delaware

Delaware Basket Makers Association

Florida

South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild

Venetian Society of Basketweavers

Tampa Bay Basketmakers Guild

Florida Tropical Weavers Guild

Georgia

Georgia Basketry Association

Member guilds :

Ebenezer Weavers Guild, Rincon

North Georgia Mountain Weavers, Blairsville

Greater Atlanta Basket Guild, Marietta

Gwinnett Basketweavers

Basketweavers Guild of Georgia, Roswell

River Country Basket Guild, Augusta

Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild

Fiber Guild of the Savannahs

Iowa

Amana Arts Guild

Iowa Basket Weavers Guild

Quad Cities Basketry Guild

Illinois

Land of Lincoln Basketweaving Association

Basket Art Guild, Springfield

Bloomington Basket Weavers

Fox Valley Basket Weavers, Elgin

Quad-Cities Basketry Guild

Raising Cane Guild, Pontiac

River Valley Weavers Guild, Eldred

Rock River B’s Basketry and Beading Guild, Rockford

Sinnissippi Basket Guild, Rockton

Indiana

Evansville Basket Guild

Whitewater Basket Guild (Indiana/Ohio)

Kansas

Sunflower Basket Weaving Guild

Kentucky

Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen

Woven Together in Western Kentucky Basket Guild

The Kentucky Basket Association

Affiliate Guilds:

Basket Buddies

Big Sandy Basket Guild

Bluegrass Basket Guild

Bullitt County Basket Guild

Kentucky River Dream Weavers

Paducah Area Basket Weavers

Maryland

 Deer Creek Basketry Guild

Maine

Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance

Michigan

 Association of Michigan Basketmakers

Affiliate guilds:

Basket Buddies of Saginaw County

Baskets and Friends Guild, Saginaw

Crossroads Basket Weavers, Mason

Dreamweavers Guild, Grand Rapids

Heartland Basket Weavers Guild, Mt Pleasant

Loosely Woven, Fruitport

Mid Michigan Basket Weavers, Lennon

Mid-Mitten Basketmakers, Davison

North Connections Basket Guild

Seaway Basketeers, Trenton

Southwest Michigan Basketmakers Guild, Grandville

Thunder Bay Guild, Alpena

Traverse Area Basketry Guild, Traverse City

Woebegone Guild, Washington

Woodland Weavers and Spinners Guild, Kalkasa

Woven Together in Kalamazoo, Portage

Minnesota

Minnesota Basket Weavers Guild

Headwaters Basketmakers Guild

North Shore Basket Guild

Missouri

Missouri Basketweavers Guild, Inc

Affiliated Guilds:

Basket Buddies, Kansas City

Dreamweavers Circle, Washington

Independence Weavers Guild

Kansas Sunflower Basketweaving Guild, Lawrence (KS)

Ozark Mountain Weavers, Springfield

River Valley, Eldred (IL)

Southside Weavers, St Louis

Weaving Fellowship, Florissant

Wild West Weavers, St Louis

Montana

Montana Association of Weavers and Spinners

Nebraska

Braided River Quilt Guild, Papillion

Cottonwood Quilt Guild, Elkhorn

Lincoln Modern Quilt Guild, Lincoln

Nebraska State Quilt Guild

Omaha Quilter’s Guild Omaha

Northeast – Regional

Northeast Basketmakers Guild
Membership from MA, VT, NH, ME, CT, RI, NY    

North Carolina

North Carolina Basketmakers Association

Affiliate guilds:

Blue Ridge, Asheville

Cape Fear, Fayetteville

Catawba Valley

Chapel Hill

Charlotte’s Web

Coastal Carolina

Coastal Weavers, Cedar Point

Country Weavers

Dream Weavers of Matthews

Gate City

Gold Weavers

Greater Atlanta Basket Guild (GA)

Gwinnett Basketmakers (GA)

High Country, Annandale (VA)

Lakelands, Chappells, (SC)

Natural Fibers Group, Washington

Tar River Basket Weavers

Piedmont Mill Basket Weavers, Concord

Port City Basketmakers, Rocky Point

Smokey Mountain Basketweavers Guild

Surry County Basketmakers, Mount Airy

Triangle Basket Weavers

Winston-Salem/Arcadia Basketmakers

Yadkin County Basketmaker’s Guild

New Jersey

Penn-Jersey Basketry Guild Inc.

New Mexico

Mesilla Valley Weavers

Nevada

Great Basin Basketmakers

New York

Mountain Weavers’ Guild

Long Island Basketmakers Guild

Westchester Area Basketmakers Guild

Ohio

Wildwood Basketry Guild

Oklahoma

Basketweavers Guild of Oklahoma

Oklahoma Native American Basketry Guild

Oregon

Columbia Basin Basketry Guild

Pennsylvania

Central Pennsylvania Basketweavers’ Guild

Basketweavers Guild of Bedford County

Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburg, Inc

South Carolina

Upper SC Basketmakers Guild

Dolores Von Rosen Lakelands Basketry Guild

Tennessee

Middle Tennessee Basket Guild

Tennessee Basketry Association 

Affiliate Guilds:
West Tennessee Basket Guild

Odds and Ends Group of Maryville

Gourmet Weavers

Greenville Basket Guild

West Tennessee Basket Guild

Texas

Texas Basket Weavers Association

Member Guilds:

Central Texas Basket Guild

Bluebonnet Basket Weavers Guild

Clear Lake Basket Weavers Guild  

Virginia

Tidewater Basketry Guild

High Country Basketry Guild

Washington

Northwest Basket Weavers – Vi Phillips Guild

Northwest Native American Basketweavers Association

Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe

San Juan County Textile Guild

Northwest Basket Weavers Guild

Desert Fiber Arts

Tacoma Weavers Guild

Wisconsin

Prairie Weavers Basket Guild, Prairie du Sac 

Wisconsin Weave Basketry Guild

Wolf River Basketry Guild

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West Virginia

WV Basketmakers Association

Canada

Salt Spring Island

Southwestern Ontario Basketry Guild

Nova Scotia Basketry Guild

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    Nancy Koenigsberg

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