Gourd Fiber Fun with Fonda Haddad

All levels

2.5 Days

Friday: 9 am to 12 pm, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Saturday: 9 am to 12 pm, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Sunday: 9 am to 12 pm

Using cleaned and pre-cut gourds, we will create three art objects.  We will learn a variety of techniques including twining, Teneriffe, weaving, dream catchers, and the use of stains and ink dyes.  

Friday will be basic basketry with twined reed and seagrass with the embellishment of Cherokee Curls.  Starting with a gourd bowl, you will cut out the spaces for the seagass and flat reed spokes.  You may dye the gourd or keep it natural.  Twining will secure the spokes and a reed border will complete the rim.

Saturday we will concentrate on embellishing with the lace technique of Teneriffe, which is usually associated with the middle of pine needle baskets.  We will use it in open spaces, as stitches for button/bead flowers or other objects, and as an overlay of painted inks.

Sunday will feature the dipper gourd.  We will drill holes in the stem and warp it as a mini tapestry.  The dipper will be drilled for a dream catcher with beads and feather embellishment.

Registration fee of $260 for FTWG members and $295 for all others.

Materials fee of $45 for all the materials and tools needed to complete the projects.

  • An apron
  • An old towel
  • Students are welcome to bring any tools they already own, if they prefer to use their own.
  • Students are encouraged to bring any embellishments they would like to incorporate into their projects.

Fonda Haddad

Fonda Haddad has been a member of FTWG for 30 years and has taught several times, including batik, basketry, and gourd crafting. She has a Masters degree in Visual Arts Education and has taught kindergarten through college. She retired from Titusville High School, where she taught Art 3D and Ceramics. She has taught gourd crafting and gourd basketry at John C. Campbell Folk School for the last 18 years. She is a Florida resident and active in Space Coast Weaving and Fiber Guild, as well as serving as FTWG District 4 representative.