An introduction to weaving, with Alene Miller
We showcased Alene’s work during the June Art Walk, and wanted to give you a chance to hear more about her craft. She’ll be in the store from 6:30 to 8:30pm on Tuesday, June 24th to talk about weaving in general, and her pieces in particular, and a range of her work will be on display and available for purchase.
Here’s a little about Alene, in her own words:
I started basket weaving in the year 2000 after taking a basket making class at our local community college and taking a few private classes, I was hooked. I joined the Ozark Mountain Weavers Guild later that year and learned many skills and techniques from the wonderful group of sharing weavers through my membership. I started weaving with reed material, found in free trade markets in the Asia area, but have ventured out into using some natural materials such as gourds, pine needles, and grasses.
In the fall of 2004 I attended my first basket convention in Michigan. I took 3 classes at the convention. That was my first exposure of working with a natural material, a deer antler. Now I am working with gourds more and more. I am wood burning and embellishing the gourds prepping them to weave upon with the natural material.
I have started growing some of my own materials to weave with. Right now it is sweet grass and monkey grass. Both are excellent weaving materials. My stitching medium is a waxed nylon fiber, waxed linen or some other thing that might lend itself to a stitching material.