2018 Weavin' on Route 66 Logo

Weavin' on Route 66

27th Annual Convention
August 2-5, 2018
Holiday Inn St. Louis SW - Route 66
10709 Watson Road
St. Louis, Missouri 63127

In the past a trip on Route 66 promised an exhilarating pilgrimage where one might discover the unknown and experience the unusual.  Route 66 is synonymous with fun and adventure.  Come to the 2018 MBG Convention in St. Louis and you, too, will experience fun and adventure!  Come for the entire convention or for one or more days.  Fabulous classes are offered for beginners to classes for more experienced basket weavers.

You must be a Missouri Basketweavers Guild (MBG) member for the membership year ending December 31, 2018 to register to attend as a weaver. Never been a member of MBG and want to attend the 2018 convention? You will want to take advantage of our membership promotional offer. (See Membership application for more information).  Current members who encourage new members to join and attend the convention will be rewarded with Referral Basket Bucks to spend at one of the convention’s vendor booths.

Mail-in Registration is now closed. Registrations will be accepted at the convention's registration desk, August 2-5, 2018. See Convention Schedule for registration hours and Classes Offered for available classes. Contact for more information.


Click below to fast track to specific convention information – or scroll down for all information.

Fast Track Index
Award Night Hotel Accommodations Shopping Opportunities
Basket Bucks & Referral Bonus Market Place Silent Auction
Classes Offered Meals Teacher & Vendor Reception
Committee Chairpersons Membership Tools
Convention Schedule Name Tags Traveling Basket
Convention Souvenirs On-Site Open Classes Vendor Application
Dates to Remember On-Site Registration Vendors
Donations Open Weave Visitors
Exhibit Room Registration Volunteers
Featured Teachers Registration Check List Weaving Levels
First Time Attendee Roommate  
Hospitality Room Scholarships  

General Information

Award Night
All MBG members are encouraged to attend Award Night activities Saturday evening August 4, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.. The evening will include the 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.  Following the awards Polly Adams Sutton will do a presentation on “Basketry of Sardinia”.

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.


Available Open Classes - July 10, 2018
Mail-in Registration is now closed. Additional class selections can be made on-site at the convention, August 2-5, 2018.

Featured Teachers
Weaving Levels

Classes Offered March 1, 2018:

Committee Chairpersons
This convention is brought to you by our hard working chairpersons who donate hundreds of hours of their time to organize and orchestrate the convention.  Our many thanks to all of them!  (Committee Chairs)

Convention Schedule

Thursday through Sunday convention events and times (updated July 2, 2018)

Convention Souvenirs
This year we are offering some wonderful convention souvenirs. Please see the offerings and descriptions. Click for Logo Descriptions. Make your selection and complete the order form. Click for Logo Order Form. Return your order form and payment with your registration form before June 20, 2018.

For additional information, contact Marilyn Margrave or Mona Hartzler at .

Dates to Remember

May 15, 2018   First Day Registrations
June 20, 2018 Last Day to Order Convention Souvenirs
June 20, 2018  Mail-in Registration Ends
July 7, 2018  Last Day to Pay Class Fees
July 30, 2018 Teacher/Vendor Reception RSVP Due
July 11, 2018 Last day to Reserve Hotel Room with MBG Rate

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

Please send donations and a completed Donations form (Click for Donation Form)  to Susan Brandon, 5032 Country Club Dr., High Ridge, MO 63049 or to Sandy Hertel, 1167 Spencer Rd., St. Peters, MO  63376 until August 1, 2018.  We will also accept donations at the convention, however, to streamline the process at convention, please notify Susan or Sandy 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 2, 2018. We will accept Silent Auction items brought with you until 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 3, 2018.

For additional information, contact Susan or Sandy at .

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 Award Night activities. Also, the winning Beginner baskets will be recognized during the Award 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 12:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. or on Friday from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Participants will need to sign a liability waiver when dropping off baskets or fill one out ahead of time and bring it with your baskets (Click for Exhibit Waiver)Please note:  There is an exhibit limit of five baskets per person.

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.

First Time Attendee
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 2018 free membership are asked to include the member’s name that referred you to MBG on the convention registration form. As a bonus, your referring friend 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 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in Suite 102 near the concourse area.  Some snacks will be furnished.  However, please bring your favorite non-perishable snacks to share if you would like.

Hotel Accommodations
Missouri Basketweavers Guild is hosting the 27th annual convention, “Weavin’ on Route 66” at the Holiday Inn St. Louis SW-Route 66, 10709 Watson Road, St. Louis, MO, 63127, (314) 821-6600, on August 2 through August 5, 2018.

The hotel is located in St. Louis, MO right off of Interstate 270 (east of the intersections of I-270 and I-44). From I-270, take exit 277B from I-44 E/US-50 E, stay right onto MO-366 (Watson Rd). At the stop light at Lindbergh, turn left. Follow Lindbergh to hotel immediately on the left at that intersection.  Complimentary self-parking is available.

Rooms are $96 per night (plus tax) for a king or standard room (with two queen beds) for single to quad occupancy. Room amenities include a small refrigerator, coffee maker and hair dryer.  A microwave is available in the lobby area. The hotel also has indoor and outdoor swimming pools (only indoor pool is heated), whirlpool and 24-hour fitness center, complimentary 24-hour business center, a lobby bar, free wi-fi and an Avis rental car desk.

Make your reservations by July 11, 2018 to receive MBG’s group rate. Be sure to identify yourself as attending the MBG Convention and confirm your $96 room rate. You can make your reservation by phone at 1-800-HOLIDAY (1-800-465-4329) or calling the hotel directly at (314) 821-6600 or by using the online Group Reservation System. If you want to use the on-line Group Reservation system, you must use a computer (not a smart phone or tablet).  Instructions and the link for reserving a hotel room are available here: (Click for Booking Hotel Reservations at Holiday Inn)

Market Place
Join us for a shopping extravaganza with teachers and others selling kits, embellishments, tools, and other 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.  If you wish to be a seller, Market Place space is available at no cost to all MBG members. 

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

Breakfast can be purchased at the T-Bird Café offering menu service between 6:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Room service is available in guest rooms from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Attached to the convention center is The Twisted Tree Steakhouse, a Syberg’s restaurant and lounge offering lunch and dinner.  Click for menu and hours of operation.

There are also numerous restaurants within walking distance or a few minutes drive.  A list will be provided at the weaving registration desk or (Click for local map of hotel and restaurants).

Lunch options

Friday: A Soup and Sandwich buffet is included to all registered convention MBG members.  Non-registered or non-MBG members may participate in the soup and sandwich buffet for a fee of $32.  The buffet includes Soup du Jour, Potato Salad, Black Forest Ham, Oven Roasted Turkey, and Prime Roast Beef with Kaiser Rolls, Ciabatta Rolls, or Croissants, assorted cheeses, assorted Chips, a Relish Tray, and Seasonal Fruit. Indicate on your Convention registration form if you will be participating in the lunch buffet. No orders will be accepted after June 20, 2018.

Saturday: Attendees will be able to purchase a $10 box lunch of a sandwich or salad directly from the hotel. The sandwich box lunch includes a sandwich, chips, with soda or water. The salad box lunch includes a salad with soda or water. An order form will be available at the weaving registration desk. Order forms must be filled out with the $10 payment attached and turned in at the weaving registration desk by 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. Orders will be available in the concourse at noon. Other lunch options are to bring a lunch, to have lunch at a nearby restaurant, or go to the Twisted Tree Steakhouse at the hotel. 

To attend, teach or vend at the 2018 convention you must be a guild member for year January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018.  Details for sending membership form and dues can be found on the membership form. (Click for 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 at no charge with a special color name tag. Please welcome our first time attendees and 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 concourse area outside the weaving rooms. You may check-in at registration and receive convention information on Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 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
Open weave tables will be set up in the concourse area of the convention center for those who want to finish a basket or work on a new project. These tables will also be used for eating lunch.

Your convention registration fee of $20.00 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, 2018 will be treated as First Day registrations. Those postmarked after May 15, 2018 will be accepted according to the postmark date. Click for Convention Registration Form.

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 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 Jena Baumgarten, 201 Northlind Dr, Defiance, MO 63341. Remember, First Day Registration cut-off is May 15, 2018. Mail-in registrations will be accepted until June 20, 2018.

Cancellations must be in writing to Jena Baumgarten no later than June 20, 2018. There will be No refunds after June 20, 2018. 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 Jena Baumgarten at .

Registration Check List

  • Carefully read all instructions for preparing the registration form. Failure to follow the instructions may result in your application being delayed or returned.
  • Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your completed registration form (if you want your student class assignment letter mailed to you), waiver, meal preferences, membership form (if applicable) and one check payable to “MBG Convention” for the total fees on your registration form.
  • Do not send class fees until notified.
  • Please note the skill level with each basket class description and consider your weaving level experience when selecting classes.
  • Sign up for only the classes you are willing to take as you may not cancel an individual class once it is assigned.
  • Make your hotel reservations by calling the hotel reservation line or using the online portal from a computer (not from a smartphone or tablet).  Click for instructions and to make reservations at Holiday Inn.  Be sure to identify yourself as a Missouri Basketweavers Guild convention attendee for the special convention rates.
  • Don’t forget to fill out and mail your Logo Items Order Form with your convention registration form so you don’t miss out on the convention mementos.
  • First time attendees check “First Time at MBG convention” box on registration form to receive special recognition.

Check the box provided on the convention registration if you need 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 the Roommate Chair know so your names can be removed from the list by emailing to .

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 Leanne Nielsen, 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.

Vendor booths will be located in the weaving room. Vendor open hours will be posted and are listed in the Convention Events.

Silent Auction
You might be lucky and take home some fantastic donated items from the convention. Bidding is made anonymously 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. (Click for Event 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.)

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 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Attendees will be treated to appetizers and beverages. For planning purposes, please RSVP by July 30, 2018 to convention co-chairs at if you are planning to attend.

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:

Reed cutters/nippers
Regular scissors
Clothespins or clips
Spoke weight (or object to hold reed flat)
Knife or scarfing tool
Straight tip packing tool (or slot screwdriver)
Needle nose pliers Tape measure
Old towel 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 Award Night activities to participate.

Vendor Application
MBG is looking for vendors to sell a variety of basket weaving materials and related items at the 2018 convention, August 2 – 5, 2018. Vendor booths will be located in the largest 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.  (Click for Vendor Application).  Booth spaces are limited and will be accepted on a first-come basis.  For additional information, contact Tony Stubblefield at .


  • Atkinson Country Home - Steve & Sandy Atkinson
  • Bases to Weave - Debbie Hurd & Candace Katz
  • Bonnie's Baskets - Bonnie Rideout
  • Gina’s Baskets
  • MA#D Designs - Mary Ann Allen & Deanna Waddell
  • MJE2WEAVE - Jimmie Earl & Mary McKinzie
  • Prairie Wood Basketry – Annetta Kraayeveld
  • Woven Designs - Julie Kleinrath

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.


For more convention information, contact Convention Chairs at .

2017 Convention photos can be viewed at www.facebook.com/MissouriBasketweaversGuild/