Basket Sisters & More is a collaboration between two sisters, Debora Sampson and Connie Gregory who joined forces to create unique and stunning products to adorn the homes of people who love homemade decorative items. The sisters fabricate hand woven baskets and other items using the authentic techniques of traditional Appalachian weavers. They use natural fibers found in tree bark such as reed, willow, honeysuckle and pine needles while using the methods of coiling, plaiting, twining, ribs and spokes. They use conventional techniques in broom making to design decorative and useful brooms from some of the same materials. Receiving instruction from the art program at Haywood Community College and at the NC Basket Makers Convention promoted their love for the ancient art and improved their skills. They have been weaving baskets for over 40 years. Another expertise the sister’s share is in decorative wreath and swag creations. They specialize in deco wreaths, burlap wreaths and natural swags using the pout, ruffle and curl techniques and giving them a natural look while adding ribbons, silk flowers, artificial berries and fruit. The items go from a modern spray of flashy colors to the more rustic appeal and even sporting college and professional teams. Wreaths represent the circle of eternal life and faith while portraying a friendly welcome to all who cross your doorway. Debora delves into the art of Folk Art Tole Painting. She uses acrylic and watercolor paint on wood, tin and glass items using the one stroke brush technique that provides quality and personalization to a variety of products, giving each their own story.