Basket-weaving in the spotlight

The Matthews-based Dreamweavers Basket Guild will show off their talents at this year’s Matthews Alive! festival Labor Day weekend, and those attending the festival can register to win a free basket.

While the weavers will be displaying nearly 100 baskets, they will not be on sale during the festival.  However, orders can be placed during the festival and members will always be available to answer questions about the guild.

When the guild–which is a member of the North Carolina Basketmakers Association — isn’t preparing for the festival, they are working hard to make baskets for patients of the nonprofit Matthews Free Medical Clinic to carry their medications or making holiday baskets dubbed “Baskets of Love” filled with food and toiletries for patients and their families.

And the clinic is grateful for the handmade totes.

“A lot of our patients use public transportation so it’s really beneficial because it’s much easier for them to transport prescriptions in a basket like that,” said Amy Carr, executive director of the clinic.  “We do have a good number who benefit from the baskets.”

The 18-member basket-weaving group, which formed in 2006, makes about 20 to 30 “Baskets of Love” every Christmas and continuously makes Medicine Tote baskets all year as needed.

“(Patients) return (the baskets) as they come back in whenever they need medications.  That way they know what they are getting and don’t lose them,” said Sharon Allen, a member of the guild.

Everyone who participates with Dreamweavers works as a volunteer, and anyone is welcome to attend their monthly meetings held on the first Tuesday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m.  at the Matthews Community Center, 100 E. McDowell St. No basket-weaving experience is required.

Some members even attend conventions to learn new basket weaving patterns and come back to teach the other members of the guild what they have learned, Allen said.

Want to know more?
For more information about the basket-weaving guild, email  Stephanie Bogust at

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