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The conference is held every year. Click HERE for more information about our 2025 Conference.

Date and Location Set for the 2025 GBA Convention! “Basket Bliss in Georgia”
February 28 – March 2, 2025 at the Sonesta Duluth

Teachers Wanted

Help us to create a  wonderful  weaving

experience for our friends

The Georgia Basketry Association (GBA) will hold its annual convention, 2025: Basket Bliss in Georgia on February 28 – March 2, 2025.  We are inviting you to submit basket proposals for this event, which draws weavers from Georgia and many other states.


The convention will be at a different location this year.  The convention will be at the Sonesta at Gwinnett Place Hotel located at 1775 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, GA  30096. We will provide a snack on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday.


Class size will be limited to a minimum of six (6) students and a maximum of twelve (12) students unless otherwise approved by you. Classes will be scheduled for Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Remember when submitting basket photos for our convention that we weave 6 hours on Friday, 8 hours on Saturday, and 4 to 6 hours on Sunday.  Please submit no more than 3 basket choices per day.


The Georgia Basketry Association pays a stipend of $35 per day for each day that you teach. Teachers do not have to pay GBA dues, and you will be provided with at least one meal per day.


Please keep this in mind when you are determining your class fees.  

  •        Marketplace will be on Saturday evening. 

  •       Tables will be available at no charge to teachers. 

  •        The Vendor Room will also be available to all at a reasonable cost.  

Kimberly Hodges is coordinating vendor booths and can be reached at or 704-292-3431.


Please either email your submissions to Michele Payne at  Please indicate GBA Proposal in the subject line of your email.  Your submissions must be received by July 15, 2024.


We would like to offer our attendees with the option of purchasing a kit for a basket they couldn’t fit into their schedules. If you are interested in providing that option, then please indicate so by entering the cost in the kit fee section.


You will be notified in late July following our jury selection.


We are looking forward to seeing you at GBA’s 2025: Basket Bliss in Georgia.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call or email me at:


Patti Patterson, Teacher Liaison



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First Time Attendees - Free registration

The Georgia Basketry Association (GBA) is encouraging first-time attendees through the Ginny Dare grant. This grant not only covers the registration fee but also serves as an invitation to explore the captivating world of basketry.

🌿 The Ginny Dare Grant Details:

  • Who Can Apply: First-time attendees who are eager to immerse themselves in the art of basket weaving.

  • Application Deadline: Before January 2025 (so mark your calendars! 🗓️).

  • How to Apply: Simply send an email to a GBA board member expressing your interest in the grant.

  • Purpose: The grant aims to introduce newcomers to the rich tradition, techniques, and creativity that basketry offers.

  • Limited Availability: Act swiftly, as there are only a limited number of grants available.

Whether you’re a seasoned weaver or someone curious about this craft, the GBA conference promises inspiration, learning, and camaraderie. So, spread the word, invite friends, and let’s weave memories together! 🧺✨



Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta in Duluth, Georgia:

  • Location: 1775 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, GA 30096

  • Phone Number: (770) 923-1775


Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta is a  recently updated 17-story hotel located in the heart of Gwinnett County near the Gas South District. It’s the largest hotel in the county and offers a variety of guest rooms and suites. The hotel features indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a health club, a sundeck, and complimentary parking. On-site dining options include the Grapevine Restaurant for breakfast and lunch, as well as ArtBar, an onsite gastropub serving local fare and libations. 

The Sonesta rate for overnight accommodations for the GBA 2025 Conference is $120 per night for a room with 2 double beds, plus room tax.  Egyptian cotton sheets, premium bedding, in-room safe, microwave and refrigerator.  If you wish to register for the overnight stay at the Sonesta, you may contact them online or call them.. Be sure to mention Georgia Basketry Conference for the special rate. The deadline for registering and receiving the special  GBA rate is January 30, 2025. 

Whether you’re attending basketry conventions or exploring the area, the Sonesta hotel in Duluth have you covered! 😊

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Volunteers Needed

🌟 Volunteering at the Basketry Conference: Making a Difference Together 🌟

Are you passionate about basket weaving, creativity, and community? The annual basketry conference is not just an event; it’s a vibrant gathering of like-minded individuals who share a love for this ancient craft. As we come together to celebrate our woven heritage, let’s also embrace the spirit of volunteerism.


Why Volunteer? Volunteering isn’t just about giving your time; it’s about contributing to something greater than yourself. When you volunteer at the basketry conference, you become part of a supportive network. You’ll meet fellow weavers, artists, and enthusiasts who share your enthusiasm. But beyond that, volunteering allows you to:

  1. Learn and Grow: Volunteering exposes you to new techniques, ideas, and perspectives. Whether you’re helping with registration, assisting workshop instructors, or organizing the vendor area, you’ll gain valuable insights.

  2. Forge Connections: Volunteering is a fantastic way to connect with others. You’ll form friendships, exchange tips, and collaborate on projects. Who knows? Your next weaving partner or mentor might be just a volunteer shift away.

  3. Give Back: By volunteering, you actively contribute to the success of the conference. Your efforts ensure that workshops run smoothly, attendees feel welcome, and everyone has a memorable experience. It’s a way to give back to the basketry community that has enriched your life.


How Can You Help? There are various ways to volunteer during the conference:

  • Workshop Assistants: Help instructors set up their workshops, assist participants, and ensure a seamless learning experience.

  • Registration Desk: Be the friendly face that greets attendees as they check in. Answer questions, provide schedules, and create a warm atmosphere.

  • Event Logistics: Assist with room setup, audiovisual equipment, and general event coordination. Your attention to detail ensures everything runs smoothly.

  • Social Media Ambassadors: Capture moments, share photos, and spread the conference buzz online. Social media plays a crucial role in promoting the event.

  • Vendor Support: Help vendors unload their wares, organize their booths, and provide relief during busy times.

Remember: Every Contribution Matters Whether you volunteer for an hour or commit to multiple shifts, your presence matters. The basketry conference thrives because of dedicated volunteers like you. So, grab your weaving tools, put on your volunteer badge, and let’s weave a tapestry of memories together!

Thank you for being part of this vibrant community. See you at the conference! 🧺🌿

Feel free to share this message with fellow basket weavers and inspire them to join the volunteer team! 😊🌟

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