I'm thrilled to announce I will be teaching at the 
Pacific Northwest Art School in Coupeville on Whidbey Island, Washington

October 20-22, 2017


I will individualize my instruction to each student's interest and skill level.  So if you're a beginner - you're welcome!  And if you already know how to coil, these workshop are for you too!  I even invite gourd artists who want to learn how to coil on gourds (you must bring cleaned gourds and an awl). If you want to learn how to coil around antlers, feel free to bring one!  Every student will receive lots of personal attention so they will learn what they  came to learn.....AND MORE!

Students will start their basket around a polished stone, then each student can go in their own desired direction. Whether you're a beginner or experienced coiler, you're certain to learn lots of exciting basketry skills.  The workshop will be several days of fun, exploration, discovery, and a mastering of basketry skills. 

Some examples of what you can learn are:

How to start a basket around a stone center
A variety of other innovative ways to start a basket
How to line up stitches using the Swirling Basic Stitch
Wheat, Diamond and Fern stitches
How to master shaping

Footed bases
Freeform sculptural work
and MUCH MUCH MORE ! ! ! ! !


In the 1-day introductory class students will start a pine needle basket around a polished stone cabochon. The swirling stitch is taught with a unique method that lines up stitches on both sides of the basket, making the vessel attractive on the inside as well as the outside. Students also learn how to shape their basket and how to taper down and finish the final coil. The coiling method can later be used to weave other plant materials including sweetgrass, palm inflorescence and leaves from a wide variety of common plants.  Repeat students are invited to attend to learn more advanced techniques as time permits. Instructional fees vary according to facility.

​​​San Diego Botanical Gardens

August 19  10am - 4 pm


The home workshops are kept small to provide a generous amount of individual instruction tailored to each student’s skill level and interest such as:  For beginners, learning how to coil a basket, or for more experienced students, shaping of vessels, novel starts such as walnut slices or other objects with holes, fancy stitches (wheat stitch, diamond stitch, fern stitch, inserting beads between coils using the mariposa stitch) handles, teneriffe, lidded vessels, sculptural techniques, and much more!

​Both beginners and experienced basketweavers are welcome in my home workshops.  Show 'n Share is a fun part of the workshop , so please bring anything you've woven to share with the group!

​See class dates below.


2017 Classes at Nadine's Olivenhain home (Encinitas area) California

To enroll (760) 533-1000 or

​​​August 26

​October 14

October 28

November 18

​December 16

10 am - 4 pm • $55.00
Basket Kits (if needed) $38.00

Nadine Spier

Fiber Artist