Nevada Gourd Society

  Est 2016

Dancing Ring 

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Toni Best

Friday, September 14

Full Day

9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Class description

This class is great for all levels of students. Students will learn to create a teneriffe ring with double buttonhole stitch. They will attach this to their basket after coiling 2 rows of pine needles. Students are able to decide where the ring will look the best on their gourd. Floating coils help to make the ring "dance" on their gourd. Pine needles, thread, prepared and dyed class gourd, and ring will all be provided. Most will finish in the time allotted, but if a student does not complete the project, they be given enough materials to finish it at home.

What you are required to bring

Each student is required to bring the following items to class:

  • Sharp scissors
  • Apron

About the instructor

Toni Best has been a creator and advocate of basketry for over fifty years. Specializing in pine needle and pine needles coiled on gourds, Toni has been creating pieces which stretch her imagination and are "outside the box". She was juried into the NBO "All Things Considered VI", invited to teach at Arrowmont's School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, and Pocosin's School of Fine Arts in Columbia, NC. She was accepted into the Handweavers Guild of America juried show at Convergence in Reno in July 2018 and the HGA 2018 Basketry Exhibit. She also teaches at her home studio as well as at different states.

Questions about this class?

Toni Best can be contacted at or 559-403-6904