November / December 2017 Newsletter
You can't use up creativity. The more you use the more you have.
Maya Angelou
See 2018 Winter and Spring Workshop dates!
Dear Readers, I had the wonderful opportunity to teach for 3 days at the Pacific Northwest Art School in Coupeville last week. I had 15 fun, enthusiastic and very creative students.

Most of the students started 3-4 baskets including 3 students who brought antlers for sculptural work and one student who brought a gourd. (As I've mentioned before, I individualize my instruction to each student's interest, so I encouraged students to bring those items if they wanted). Some of the various techniques students learned included lots of ways to start a basket, ornate stitches, using beads, making lids and foots for the baskets, mastering symmetry and "letting go" with sculptural work. Here's a few photos I wanted to share including several new starts.
Finished antler basket by Lynn Garman
Below are photos of an antler basket just started, and completed. Created by Lynn Garman
More works in progress.............
I had one student who came to the workshop to spend time with her future in-laws who were taking the class. She wasn't really expecting to be successful at basketmaking and said she had never done anything crafty in her life. She was just taking the class to spend time with her fiance's family. She amazed herself and the rest of us! Here's her wall piece in progress....
Completed antler sculpture by Vicky Nickelson titled "Twisted Trail"
In addition to having a fabulous time teaching this group, the little town of Coupeville is a great place to spend a few days. If you can walk 1/2 mile, you can go just about anywhere in town, including walking to the school! The local restaurants are superb and I'd recommend Coupeville as a culinary destination. Here's just a few pics I took while walking around.
The art school has invited me to return to teach again in 2019 - so if you missed this opportunity, I will be returning. More information will be provided in a future newsletter.

If you would like to learn some of these basketry techniques, feel free to share my name with your local guild or basket group. I love to travel to teach! I also teach all these techniques in my monthly home workshops in the Encinitas area of California.

Please note my NEW mailing address at the bottom of this newsletter. It changed slightly - my UPS Store moved a couple suites over in the same parking lot. I'm also going to discontinue my landline phone next year and am making the transition to using my cell phone 760-533-1000.

Wishing all my readers a beautiful Fall and good health and happiness in the upcoming holiday season.

Happy weaving,


"The Baskets Keep Talking"
Through May 2018
Sharlot Hall Museum, Prescott

"Art Quilts: XXII"
November 17 - January 5, 2018
Chandler Center for the Arts, Chandler


Los Angeles

Weaving and Fiber Festival sponsored by The Southern Calif. Handweavers' Guild.
Sunday, November 5 th 2017
10:00a.m. - 4p.m.
Torrance Cultural Arts Center,Admission
Over 30 vendors will be selling unique fiber-related products. Old favorites will be back as well as many new merchants with interesting and exciting wares. You can view fabulous handwovens at their Fashion Show and watch demonstrations of fiber techniques. You'll see the work of some of our members on display and you will be able to purchase items at our Member Boutique. Don't forget the very popular "Weftover" sale - our garage sale of fiber goodies including tools, books, and magazines. If you are interested in weaving, spinning, felting or fiber arts in general, you won't want to miss this event! It is a perfect opportunity to purchase materials to make your holiday gifts or to find that one-of-a-kind hand-made gift for someone special.

Talmadge Art Show
Sunday, November 19, 2017
10am - 4pm
Liberty Station Conference Center
70 artists in all media plus workshops – check out their website
Free parking and admission  

"California Fibers: Points of View"
November 6 - December 15
Rose Gallery, Francis Parker Upper School


"Beyond the Surface: Worldwide Embroidery Traditions"
Through December 31
deYoung Museum

"Cloth as Community: Hmong Textiles in America"
Through December 16
Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne


"War and Pieced: The Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics"
Through January 7, 2018
The 29 quilts in this exhibit have been pieced by wounded soldiers as occupational therapy, others were stitched as gifts or simply to pass the time. All were made by men in wartime out of uniforms, blankets and any other fabric that could be spared: artifacts of human creativity at work in the darkest hours.
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Nadine Spier
Contemporary Pine Needle Basketweaver
​Basket Weaving Classes and Basket Art for Purchase
1084 N El Camino Real Box B184, Encinitas CA 92024 (760) 533-1000