Bonnie Rideout, Decatur, IL
I wove my first basket in 1995 and quickly became hooked. You could say I came down with a serious case of the “basket bug”. So much that it is now my full-time career! My business, “Bonnie’s Baskets” began in 2006 by teaching others how to weave. I started teaching in the basement of my home. It quickly grew to selling basketry supplies, embellishments and baskets themselves at local craft and art shows. As my business grew, I built a shop on my property and began designing my own basket patterns. I quickly discovered I absolutely love the challenge of designing and writing patterns.
In addition to teaching in Illinois, I have taught in Missouri, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa and West Virginia. I am looking forward to adding a few more states to that list.
The amount of years I have served as Newsletter Editor for the Basket Art Guild has escaped me. I have also served as Newsletter Editor for The Land of Lincoln Basketweavers Association. Currently, in addition to serving as Newsletter Editor for the Basket Art Guild I am also serving as Workshop Chair. The guild meets regularly at my shop in Decatur, IL.
In 2018, I left my “regular” job to make Bonnie’s Baskets a full-time business and I haven’t looked back since I made the plunge to focus on this as my career. In 2019, my new website was launched. Please visit www.bonniesbasketsil.com and be sure to check out my Facebook page.
Through basketry I have traveled to many different states and met so many amazing people! If you are interested in having me teach a class locally or at your basket event, please contact me by filling out this form.
Kits and supplies are available for purchase on my website. I do carry reed and some other supplies that may not be listed. If I am coming to your event, please feel free to contact me to pre-order any basket weaving supplies. I am happy to bring it to you and save you the shipping costs.