Due to COVID-19, FTWG cancelled its 2022 Conference two months before it was scheduled to start. As a result, this workshop was not taught in 2022.

Basketry – Weaving with Reed and Fibers

Skill Level

All levels

Required Skills:

    Class Length

    • 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


    From ancient times people have made baskets out of found materials to store and carry items as well as decorations for their homes. We will make 3 types of basket: a round medium size twined basket, an Appalachian spoke basket with either grapevine or reed handle and a gourd basket with basketry top, handle and Cherokee curls.


    Registration Fee $290 for members and $320 for all others
    Materials Fee $0

    Materials Fee includes: All the materials and tools needed to complete the projects.

    Students to Bring

    • 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.

    Instructor Bio

    Fonda Haddad currently lives in Mims, FL. She is a fourth generation Floridian who has been a fiber artist since the 1980’s when she was one of a group of artists who had studios at Upstairs Downtown in historic downtown Titusville. She specialized in batik clothing and textiles. Wanting to be more three dimensional, Fonda explored ceramics, baskets and finally gourds. Her gourds often incorporate basketry techniques as well as carving and wood burning. She has taught gourd crafting and basketry at John C. Campbell folk school for the last 18 years.

    Fonda has a Masters in Visual Arts Education and taught in Brevard public school from kindergarten through college. She works in her studio creating artwork for The Downtown Gallery (Titusville) and enters several shows a year including the Fall Festival at JC Campbell Folk School.


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