Origins and History


A meeting of 23 weavers on March 5, 1988 in St. Louis became the foundation of what has now become the statewide Missouri Basketweavers Guild. On December 1, 1988 steps were taken to organize a Missouri Basketweavers Guild in St. Louis. An official guild meeting was held March 5, 1989 and in December 1989 the following officers were elected.

The transition to a statewide guild and convention began with the vision coming to fulfillment in late 1990. Laury Kramer, Paula Gulley, Pat Moritz and other members of the St. Louis Missouri Basketweavers Guild were instrumental in joining forces with Ann Clark, Paula Harrison, and Sandy McCormick from the Kansas City area. In December 1990, an important decision was made by the St. Louis guild to create a statewide guild and local chapters to form in affiliation. Other weavers wanting to establish chapters were invited to join. The St. Louis guild became known as the Eastern Chapter (later Gateway Weavers Guild). Woven Circle Guild in the Kansas City Area was formed with 13 original members. These chapters became an affiliate of the Missouri Basketweavers state guild.

The statewide meeting in Hannibal June 1-2, 1991 became the first official statewide guild convention and meeting. Frances Wight of Somerset, Iowa taught a pineneedle basket to those in attendance and state elections were held. The following officers were elected:

Presidents:

1989-1990

Bonnie Schreckengast

1991-1992

Anne Clark

1993-1994

Sandy McCormick

1995-1996

Pat Moritz

1997-1998

Pat Walden

1999-2000

Sue Chatfield

2000-2001

Carol Matteson
Jan Coonce

2002-2004

Mary Ann Allen

2004 -2008

Doris Hynes

2008-2013

Mona Hartzler

2013-2017

Beverly McKenna

2017-

Leanne Nielsen

 

Conventions and Chair(s):

  June 1-2 1991
1st State Meeting & Classes
Hannibal, MO
 
  June 13-14, 1992
MO Basket Sampler
Holiday Inn
Kansas City, MO
Pat Moritz
Vickie Leftwich
  June 11-13, 1993
MO Basket Sampler
Henry the VIII
St. Louis, MO
Anne Clark
Vickie Leftwich
  June 10-12,1994
MO Basket Sampler
American Hotel
Kansas City, MO
Valerie Bland
  June 9-11, 1995
MO Basket Sampler
Henry the VIII
St. Louis, MO
Pat Moritz
  June 7-9, 1996
MO Basket Sampler
Benjamin Ranch Ramada Inn
Kansas City, MO
Sue Chatfield
  June 6-8, 1997
Sharing a Woven Heritage
Benjamin Ranch Ramada Inn
Kansas City, MO
Sue Chatfield
  June 12-14, 1998
Woven in Heartland
Henry the VIII
St. Louis, MO
Wendy Reary
Carol Matteson
  June 4-6, 1999
Handwoven in the Heartland
Park Place Hotel
Kansas City, MO
Doris Hynes
Susan Ratliff
  June 2-4, 2000
Preserving the Past
Regal Riverfront Hotel
St. Louis, MO
Carol Matteson
2002 Woven Together Logo
June 7-9, 2002
Woven Together – Heritage, Community, Artistry
Regal Riverfront Hotel
St. Louis, MO
Shirley Albrecht
2003 A Woven Heritage Logo
August 1-3, 2003
A Woven Heritage
Park Place Hotel
Kansas City, MO
Marilyn Margrave
Mona Hartzler
2004 Expanding Horizons Logo
August 5-7, 2004
Expanding Horizons
Hilton Garden Inn
Independence, MO
Doris Hynes
Susan Ratliff
2005 Show Me Weaving 2005 logo
August 4-7, 2005
Show Me Weaving 2005
Hilton Garden Inn
Independence, MO
Doris Hynes
Susan Ratliff
2006 Show Me Weaving 2006 Logo
August 3-6, 2006
Show Me Weaving 2006
Hilton Garden Inn
Independence, MO
Marilyn Margrave
Mona Hartzler
2007 Gateway Gathering Logo
August 2-5, 2007
Gateway Gathering
Holiday Inn – Southwest
Viking Conference Center
St. Louis, MO
Sharon Plumpe
Lynn Touchette
2008 Weave Me in St. Louis Logo
August 7-10, 2008
Weave Me in St. Louis
Holiday Inn – Southwest
Viking Conference Center
St. Louis, MO
Martha Kay Larsen
Leanne Nielsen
2009 Show Me Weaving Logo
August 6-9, 2009
Show Me Weaving
Hilton Garden Inn
Independence, MO
Doris Hynes
Susan Ratliff
2010 Weaving MO Madness Logo
August 5-8, 2010
Weaving MO Madness
Holiday Inn –
Southwest Viking Conference Center
St. Louis, MO
Leanne Nielsen
Beverly McKenna
Pat White
2011 Weaving Traditions Logo
August 4-7, 2011
Weaving Traditions
Hilton Garden Inn
Independence, MO
Deanna Waddell
2012 Weaving Friendships Logo
August 2-5, 2012
Weaving Friendships
St. Louis Marriott West
St. Louis, MO
Susan Brandon
Sandy Hertel
2013 Missouri Parade of Baskets Logo
August 1-4, 2013
Missouri Parade of Baskets
Hilton Garden Inn
Independence, MO
Mary Ann Allen
Deanna Waddell
2014 Fantastic Baskets Logo
July 31-August 3, 2014
Fantastic Baskets
St. Louis Marriott West
St. Louis, MO
Susan Brandon
Sandy Hertel
2015 Carnival of Baskets Logo
July 30-August 2, 2015
Carnival of Baskets
Hilton Garden Inn
Independence, MO
Mary Ann Allen
Carmella Mongold
2016 Weave the World Logo
August 4-7, 2016
Weave the World
Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel
Clayton, MO
Leanne Nielsen
Edie Romvari
2017 Weave Across Missouri Logo
August 3-6, 2017
Weave Across Missouri
Hilton Garden Inn
Independence, MO
Mary Ann Allen
Mona Hartzler
Marilyn Margrave
2018 Weavin' On Route 66 Logo
August 2-5, 2018
Weavin' on Route 66
Holiday Inn St. Louis SW - Route 66
St. Louis, MO
Susan Brandon
Sandy Hertel
2019 Come Weave with Us Convention Logo
August 1-4, 2019
Come Weave with Us
Hilton Garden Inn
Independence, MO

Debora Renken
Pam Watson