Courses for 2019
If you are interested in making a basket yourself and learning more about basketry techniques and the natural materials you can use to create them, why not try a basketry course?
I work from a spacious and comfortable studio at the Turner Dumbrell Workshops in Ditchling, Sussex which can accommodate up to eight students. There is a cosy wood burning stove to keep people warm while they weave and triple aspect windows and skylights for excellent light. Tools, materials, hot and cold drinks, home made cake, fruit and snacks are included.
I run courses for beginners and improvers and host intermediate and advanced level courses for professional and experienced basketmakers with visiting tutors from the UK and abroad. You can find further details of each course in the menu.
Catalan Platters and Boat shaped Baskets
Saturday 2nd February and Sunday 3rd February 2019 10.00 – 4.30 £140
Learn to make Catalan style platters and boat shaped baskets using vibrantly coloured and freshly harvested willow and cornus. These baskets are a stylish contemporary addition to any home which highlight the beauty and texture of our native willow and cornus varieties.
Plaiting with Rush and Garden Fibres
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March 10.00 – 4.30 £140
Learn how to make baskets from continuous braids of rush and other flexible plant materials. Soft, pliable and strong – plaited and stitched basketry is an ancient technique which adapts well to traditional and contemporary forms.
Artist Open Houses Taster Days 10 – 4.30pm £70 per course
Develop your creativity and expand your understanding of plant fibres and how they can be used in making traditional and contemporary basketry forms. To tie in with the mood of the Artist Open Houses event at Turner Dumbrell Workshop, all taster days will be experimental and exploratory in emphasis, with basic basketry techniques being taught as necessary.
Thursday 9th May Pick Up Sticks – playing with willow
Experiment with using sticks of homegrown varieties of willow to make round platters , candle/plant holders or more sculptural and experimental shapes and forms.
Thursday 16th May Strung Out – Hand-made Cordage
Learn to make fabulous coloured and textured cordage from common garden plants. We will cover identifying suitable plants for cordage, how to prepare them for making string, introduce two cordage making techniques and briefly explore how hand made cordage can be used in basketry and other craft disciplines.
Thursday 23rd May On the Edge – Working at the Boundaries of Basketry
This workshop will explore plant materials less commonly used in basketry, such as mosses, lichens, climbing and creeping plants and seedheads. We will learn about harvesting and preparing unusual plants for basket-making or use in other creative disciplines. Some knowledge of basic basketry techniques would be useful but not essential. This course works particularly well in association with the previous two taster days where basic basketry techniques will be more comprehensively introduced.
Natural Coiled Basketry
Saturday 6th – Sunday 7th July 2019 9.30 am – 3.00 pm £120.00
Sussex Prairie Garden, Morlands Farm, Wheatsheaf Road, nr Henfield BN5 9AT
Capture the spirit of the inspirational Sussex Prairie Garden and take it home as a basket!
In this workshop we will work with Sussex Prairie plant materials harvested in 2018, alongside other materials to make beautiful ‘exposed core’ coiled baskets where the lovely natural colours of the dried plant material are highlighted. Dyed raffia and coloured linen threads will be available for stitching the coiled layers and to add extra colour to the work.