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Missouri Basketweavers Guild

26th Annual Convention
August 3-6, 2017
Hilton Garden Inn
Independence, Missouri

Regardless if you are “Weaving Across Missouri” or across the country, you are invited to attend Missouri Basketweavers Guild’s 26th annual convention in Independence, Missouri, August 3-6, 2017. Come for the entire convention or for one, two or three days. Wonderful classes are offered for beginners to classes for more experienced basket weavers.

You must be an MBG member for 2017 to attend the convention. Your membership can be paid with the convention registration form. If you have never been a member of MBG, you can take advantage of our free membership promotional offer. (See Membership) Current members who encourage new members to join and attend the convention will be rewarded with Basket Referral Bucks to spend at one of the convention’s vendor booths.

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Dates to Remember
May 15, 2017          First Day Registrations
June 20, 2017         Last Day to Order Convention Souvenirs
June 20, 2017         Mail-in Registration Ends
June 20, 2017         Last day to Order Lunches and/or sign up for Free Thursday Lunch
June 30,  2017        Last day to Pay Class Fees
June 30, 2017         Teacher/Vendor Reception RSVP Due
July 5, 2017             Last day to Receive MBG’s Special Hotel room rate
August 3, 2017       General Convention Registration Begins at 12:00 p.m.

Awards Night
All MBG members are encouraged to attend Awards Night activities Saturday evening, August 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. The evening will include the Basket Swap, Guild’s administrative items, and presentation of awards for the Exhibit Baskets, Roger Curry Scholarships, Founding Members Memorial Scholarships, and individual special scholarships. (Please note you must be present to receive an individual special scholarship or award). First time attendees are encouraged to attend to receive special recognition during the program.

Basket Exhibit Room
Registered students, teachers, and vendors are encouraged to display their talents by participating in the exhibit competition. First, second and third place monetary awards are presented in Professional and Hobbyist categories during the Awards Night activities. Also, the winning Beginner baskets will be recognized during the Awards Night activities.

  • The “professional” category applies to anyone who teaches basketry, sells their baskets in a wholesale or retail environment, and/or exhibits their baskets. For the Professional category, baskets made in a class or from a kit are not eligible.
  • The “hobbyist” category is for anyone not included in the professional category. Those weaving only for their pleasure are encouraged to submit baskets in the hobbyist category.
  • The Beginner category is for new weavers with 2 years or less weaving experience.

Deliver your entries to the Basket Exhibit Room on Thursday between 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. or on Friday from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Participants will need to sign a liability waiver when dropping off baskets.

Plan to visit the Basket Exhibit room and be inspired in the variety of baskets submitted. All members are requested to vote for their favorite baskets before 4:00 p.m. Saturday.

Basket Swap
Join in the fun of Basket Swap and make new friends who share your love of weaving. All attendees, regardless of weaving experience, are invited to participate. Bring a basket of any type or style to the Exhibit Room so that your basket may be displayed. (A written waiver will be required to display.) Please include a brief note attached to the bottom of your basket that includes your name, contact information, inspiration for the basket, and anything else you wish to say about it. The basket value should be between $25 and $35. This year swap partners will not be assigned prior to convention. To participate in the Basket Swap, you need to check "Basket Swap" on your registration form. If you decide to participate at the last minute, let the Basket Swap Chairperson know prior to the Basket Swap Event.

Basket Bucks and Referral Bonus Bucks
With each paid registration, attendees will receive Basket Bucks to spend at one of the convention vendors.

This year attending members can earn Referral Bonus Bucks by referring a First Time Attendee who has never been an MBG member.

Basket Bucks and Referral Bonus Bucks will only be accepted from participating Vendors on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. No replacements will be issued.

Please note the skill level with each basket class description and consider your weaving level experience when selecting classes.

Featured Teachers
Weaving levels

Open Classes:
Open Classes as of June 30, 2017

Class Offerings March 15, 2017:
Thursday Classes
Friday Classes
Saturday Classes
Sunday Classes

Committee Chairs

Committe Chair List

Convention Schedule

Convention Schedule of Events

Convention Souvenirs
This year a variety of items are available for pre-order with the convention logo. Please see offerings and descriptions to make your selections. Indicate clearly on the order form the style, color and size(s) desired. Items cannot be returned for incorrect item, size or color ordered. Include your order form with your registration, write the amount in the space provided in lower right of registration form and include the amount in your registration check. Or, you can mail the order form and a check payable to MBG Convention to: MBG Convention, c/o Susan Brandon, 5032 Country Club Drive, High Ridge, MO 63049-3500.

You have until June 20, 2016 to place an order. Orders will not be accepted after June 20th or at the convention. Logo items will be available for pick-up at the convention registration desk. If not attending convention, please make arrangements to have your order picked up. For additional information, contact Marilyn Margrave at .

Logo Items and Descriptions
Logo Order Form (Fill-in and Print)
Logo Order form (print only)

MBG needs basket related items for the Silent Auction and Welcome Bags. You can help make the convention a success by donating quality related basket item(s). MBG is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and donations are tax deductible.

Please send donations and a completed Donations form to Lisa Adams, 14356 W. 81st Place, Lenexa, KS 66215-4220 before June 10, 2017 or after June 25th until August 1, 2017. We will also accept donations at the convention, however, to streamline the process at convention, please notify Lisa Adams in advance regarding items you plan to donate. The cut-off for items to be included in the Welcome Bags is 9:00 a.m., Thursday, August 3, 2017. We will accept Silent Auction items until 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 4, 2017.
For additional information, contact Lisa Adams at .

First Time Attendees
MBG welcomes new attendees to our convention. Be sure to check “First Time Attendee” on your registration form. First Time attendees receive an MBG name tag holder and a special gift when you check-in at the convention registration desk. In addition, First Time Students are eligible to win the drawing for the First Time Attendee Roger Curry Scholarship.

If applicable, first time members and attendees taking advantage of 2017 free membership are asked to include the member’s name that referred you to MBG on the convention registration form. As a bonus, the friend that referred you will be eligible for Referral Bonus Bucks.

Hospitality Room
We will have a Hospitality Room once again this year for members to relax, unwind, and get an energy boost to finish their baskets. Hospitality hours are 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in the Lewis and Clark room by the hotel’s pool. Snacks will be furnished. However, if you wish, you may bring your favorite non-perishable snacks to share.

Hotel Accommodations
Missouri Basketweavers Guild is hosting the 26th annual convention, “Weave Across Missouri” at the Hilton Garden Inn, 19677 Jackson Drive, Independence, MO, 64057, (816) 350-3000, on August 3 through August 6, 2017. Complimentary self-parking is available.

The hotel is located in Independence, MO right off of Interstate 70 (east of the intersections of I-70 and I-470). From I-70, take exit number 17-Little Blue Parkway and turn north. At stop light at Jackson Drive, turn left. Follow Jackson Drive to hotel on left.

Rooms are $97 per night (plus tax) for a king or standard room (with two double beds) for single to quad occupancy. Room amenities include a small refrigerator, microwave oven, coffee maker and hair dryer. The hotel also has a heated indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and fitness center, complimentary 24 hour business center, and a self-laundry available. Make your reservations by July 5, 2017 to receive MBG’s group rate. Be sure to identify yourself as attending the MBG Convention and confirm your $97 room rate. You can make your reservation by phone at 1-800-HILTONS (1-800-445-8667) or calling the hotel direct at (816) 350-3000 or by using the online Group Reservation System. If you want to use the on-line Group Reservation system.

Market Place
Market Place space is available at no cost to all MBG members wishing to sell basket related items on Friday evening from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Closing time may be extended if there are still shoppers at 8:30 p.m. Since Market Place will be in the same room as classes and vendors, some vendors may elect to be open.

Mark your registration form to request a Market Place space or request a space by contacting Leanne Nielsen. Spaces will be assigned on a first come basis with teachers receiving priority. For additional information, please contact Leanne Nielsen at .

The hotel has a Café that offers a hot breakfast buffet between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Friday and 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday for $8.95 plus tax. (The Café does not serve lunch or dinner.) Attached to the convention center is the Hereford House Restaurant, Kansas City’s famous award winning full service restaurant and lounge offering lunch and dinner. There are also numerous restaurants within walking distance or a few minutes’ drive. (A list will be provided at the convention). The hotel also has a 24 hour Pavilion Pantry convenience mart with light food, snacks and sundries. All sleeping rooms are equipped with a refrigerator, coffee maker (with coffee) and microwave.

Lunch Options
Friday: A Soup, Salad and Potato Bar buffet is provided at no charge to all registered Convention attendees. Non-registered/MBG members may participate in the soup, salad and potato bar for a fee of $20. The buffet includes Hereford House steak soup, Hereford House Salad, rolls and butter, baked potatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, bacon, peppers, mushrooms, sour cream, butter and chives, ice tea and coffee, and a dessert. Indicate on your Convention registration form if you will be participating in the lunch buffet. No orders will be accepted after June 20, 2017.

Saturday: The Hereford House will provide boxed deli lunches for a cost of $18.00 each. Choice of Ham and Swiss Cheese served on a Kaiser roll or Chicken Salad Croissant. Each box lunch includes a whole fruit, bag of potato chips, two house-baked cookies and a choice of assorted soft drink or bottled water. Lunches must be pre-ordered and prepaid on your registration form. No orders will be accepted after June 20, 2017.

For those who have special dietary requirements the Hereford House has a lunch and dinner menu with a variety of items that can meet your needs.

To attend, teach or vend at the 2017 convention you must be a guild member for year January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. Details for sending membership form and dues can be found on the membership form. For more membership information or membership status, contact Sandy Hertel at .

Name Tags
Please remember to bring your MBG name tag holder to convention. If you forget, you can purchase a holder at the convention for $5.00. First Time attendees will receive a name tag holder at registration with a special color name tag. Please look for the special name tags to welcome our first time attendees and to assist them with any concerns.
On-Site Open Classes
Unfilled classes may be available during the convention. Please check on-site open class board at the registration table to sign up for additional classes.

On-Site Registration
Registration will be located in the hotel’s Truman Grand Foyer outside the weaving room. You may register and receive convention information on Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Only teachers, vendors, and chairpersons may register early beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.

Open Weave
An open weave area is planned in the Hospitably Room from 9:00 am to 11:30 am and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday for those wanting to do some extra weaving or to finish a project. Other open weave locations will be announced at the convention.

Registration Information
You must be a Missouri Basketweavers Guild (MBG) member for the membership year ending December 31, 2017 to register. Never been a member of MBG and want to attend the 2017 convention? You will want to take advantage of our membership promotional offer. See Membership application for more information.

Your convention registration fee of $25.00 includes Basket Bucks for your shopping pleasure, Friday Buffet Lunch (see Meals), Hospitality Room snacks, welcome gifts, and Convention activities. The registration fee does not include the class fees which will be due upon notification of class assignments.

Registration forms postmarked through May 15, 2017 will be treated as First Day registrations. Those postmarked after May 15, 2017 will be accepted according to the postmark date. The convention registration form can be found below.

Class Preferences: Fill in all the registration form information including convention class numbers. List your class choices by (1) day preference and (2) assign an overall preference number. If you do not specify an overall preference, classes will be assigned in sequential order from first to last class listed. For first day registration submissions, class assignments are done by all overall preference 1st choices, and then everyone’s 2nd choice and so forth until everyone’s schedule is filled. Be sure to include alternate choices for each time slot in the event the class is filled when your choice is processed. You may use all the allocated spaces for class selections. Making only a few selections does not insure that you will be assigned a class. Do not worry about class times overlapping; you will not be assigned to classes that overlap. List only classes that you are willing to take. You may not cancel an individual class once assigned.

Submitting Registration: Return an original or copy of the registration form, waiver, membership form (if applicable) and logo order form (if applicable) and a check for the total due. Make check payable to MBG Convention and include a self-addressed stamped envelope and mail to: MBG Convention, c/o Susan Brandon, 5032 Country Club Drive, High Ridge, MO 63049-3500. Remember, First Day Registration cut- off is May 15, 2017. Mail-in registrations will be accepted until June 20, 2017.

Cancellations must be in writing to Susan Brandon no later than June 30, 2017. There will be NO refunds after July 1, 2017. Also, you may not cancel an individual class once assigned. A processing fee of $35 will be charged for checks returned due to insufficient funds.

For additional registration information, contact Susan Bandon at .

Registration Form (Fill-in and Print)
Registration Form (Print Only)

Check the box provided on the convention registration if you are interested in help finding a roommate for the convention. You will receive a list of other attendees who are looking for a roommate. You can use the contact information to select a compatible roommate. After you find a roommate, please let Rita Nardin know at so your name can be removed from the list.

Silent Auction
You might be lucky and take home some fantastic donated items from the convention. Bidding is anonymous by bid number and in whole dollar increments only. Registered attendees should look for their bid number on the back of their name tag. Bidding begins Friday at 9:00 a.m. and Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Following announcements on Friday and Saturday, bidding will close for that day’s auction. MBG will post the winning bids and all winners must pick up their items for that day’s auction during the allocated hours (see Convention Schedule). All items must be claimed by 10:00 p.m. Saturday night. Winners will need to pay in cash or by check for items at time of pick-up.
MBG appreciates donations for the Silent Auction. (See Donations for more information.)

MBG awards two types of scholarships toward attendance at our conventions. The Guild President will announce scholarship winners during the Saturday evening Awards Night activities.

Founding Members Memorial Scholarships recognize our dedicated founding members who have passed away. Currently, this scholarship is in honor of Ann Clark and Lillian Hoyt. Two recipients’ names are drawn from the entire MBG membership and are awarded a free convention registration for attendance at next year’s convention.
Roger Curry Scholarships recognize an outstanding MBG member and Missouri White Oak basket maker who shared his family’s ancestral basket making tradition throughout his life. One first time attendee and one returning attendee’s name will be drawn from the registration forms and will be reimbursed their paid convention fee.

Anyone wishing to sponsor a special convention scholarship should contact Bev McKenna at . Winners of special scholarship awards must be present at the Awards Night activities to win.

Shopping Opportunities
Convention attendees will have the opportunity to find basket kits, patterns, weaving supplies and other basket related items.

  • Market Place is a shopping must on Friday evening from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Teachers and MBG members bring a wide variety of basket making and related items to sell.

  • A variety of MBG logo items will be offered at the registration desk.

  • Vendor booths located in the weaving room will offer a wide variety of basket supplies and kits. Vendor open hours will be posted at the convention and are listed in the Convention Schedule.


    Atkinson Country Home - Steve & Sandy Atkinson
    Bases to Weave - Debbie Hurd & Candace Katz
    Bittersweet Baskets & Homestead Handles - Pat Volger
    Cornerstone Baskets - Sharon Klusmann
    Dream Weavers Enterprises - Laura Lee Zanger
    MJE2WEAVE - Jimmie Earl & Mary McKinzie
    Nathan Taylor Basket Shop - Kathy Taylor
    Woven Designs - Julie Kleinrath

Teacher and Vendor Reception
MBG extends an invitation to all Teachers, Vendors, MBG Board members, Convention Committee Chairs and next year’s Convention Chair(s) to attend a reception on Thursday night from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Attendees will be treated to a light meal. To plan appropriately for the number attending, you must RSVP by June 30, 2017 to Celeste Voyles at .

Please check class descriptions for any special items needed. Teachers do not supply weaving tools unless stated in the class description. If you are a new weaver and wonder what tools to bring to the convention, the following basic tools will get you through just about any basket class:

  • Awl
  • Clothespins or clips
  • Knife
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Old towel
  • Pencil
  • Reed cutters or nippers
  • Regular scissors
  • Spoke weight or object to hold reed flat
  • Straight tip packing tool or slot screwdriver
  • Tape measure
  • Water container

Traveling Basket
Each year the previous year’s Traveling Basket winner brings a new hand woven basket to the convention for the Traveling Basket Drawing. This basket will be on display in the Basket Exhibit Room. Participation in the drawing is voluntary for any MBG member. You must be present during Awards Night activities to participate.

Vendor Application
MBG is looking for vendors to sell a variety of basket weaving materials and related items at the 2017 convention, August 3-6, 2017. Vendor booths will be located in weaving room along the outside perimeter of the class workstations.

Vendor booths are provided at no charge. However, vendors are requested to submit a refundable deposit with application. (See Vendor Application.). Booth spaces are limited and will be accepted on a first come basis. For additional information, contact Mary Ann Allen at .

All visitors must register and receive a Visitor badge at the convention registration desk between 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Friday and/or Saturday. Visitors must wear their badges at all times.

Please check the Volunteer box on your registration form if you are willing to volunteer your time while at the MBG Convention. The Volunteer Chair will contact you after you receive your class schedules to determine a time you can help with the many tasks to be completed. Members not registered for the convention are encouraged to volunteer and should contact Carol Birdsell at .

Weaving Levels
Weaving levels for each class are determined by the teacher. Taking a class above your weaving level can be frustrating for you, the teacher and fellow students. Students need to be aware of their skills, experience and comfort in working with materials, techniques and basket style offered in a class. A desired class should meet your weaving and comfort level yet offer the opportunity to learn and expand your skill set. A student might be at the beginner level in one class and considered an intermediate in another class. A student may want to take a class with a lower weaving level just for the pleasure. Carefully study descriptions and photographs to select the right classes for you.

Beginner: Students with no weaving or very little experience with class materials, techniques and basket type should consider themselves a beginner for the offered class.

Advanced Beginner: Students who have mastered the beginner skills for the offered materials, techniques and basket style are ready for more challenge in an Advanced Beginner class.

Intermediate: Student has a good grasp of beginning levels and comfortable working level for materials, techniques and basket style for the class specifications. Student should consider the intermediate level to expand their weaving skills and knowledge.

Advanced: Student has mastered the intermediate skills for the materials, technique and style. Student is ready for the challenge.


2016 Convention photos can be viewed at www.facebook.com/MissouriBasketweaversGuild/


For more convention information, contact Convention Chairs at .