One Day Workshops
10 – 4.30pm £70 per course
Venue : The Natural Basketry Studio, Ditchling. Suitable for beginners and improvers .
Thursday 3rd October
Check weave Baskets from Rush and Reed Mace
Using reed mace harvested from the Turner Dumbrell pond and beautiful English rush from the River Thames, we will learn how to make mats, pouches and small rectangular baskets using a checkweave basketry technique. Improvers can experiment with incorporating contrasting materials such as willow bark strips into their work.
Thursday 17th October
Strung Out – making hand made cordage and string from common garden materials
On this course you will 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. Making your own string is very rewarding and can be addictive ,so be warned! Basketry techniques briefly covered will include looping and making functional and decorative knots.
Thursday 16th November
Willow Platters and Trays
Learn how to make Catalan Style Platters and trays using some of our native willow varieties. A useful and stylish addition to any home, Catalan platters are relatively easy to make once a few core principles have been learnt as there is little weaving involved. Improvers with weaving experience will learn how a Catalan base can be used to make functional baskets and sculptural forms.