One Day Workshops

One Day Workshops

 10 – 4.30pm  £70 per course

Venue : The Natural Basketry Studio, Ditchling. Suitable for beginners and improvers . To make a booking first submit your booking form via the book here  link. Then make your payment using your bank card, credit card or Paypal account by clicking on the Paypal link  at the bottom of the page. Other payment options available on request.

Thursday 9th April 2020

Weaving with Rush and Willow Bark   

Using home grown and hand stripped willow and beautiful English rush from the River Thames, we will learn how to make small/medium round and rectangular baskets using  twining and checkweave basketry techniques. Improvers can experiment by adding space twining, twill weave and/or a foot trac border to the basket.

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Thursday 5th March 2020

 Catalan Willow Platters and Trays

Learn how to make Catalan style platters and trays using some of our native willow varieties and home grown dogwood (cornus). 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.

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Saturday 7th March 2020

Make a Willow Basket in a Day

Starting with a Catalan base on ready made hoops, learn to make a robust round or oval base basket from natural willow. Students must know how to make a Catalan platter before booking for this course. This course can be booked along with the platter course to make a two day course so students can progress from a platter to a basket over the above two days.

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Thursday 9th July 2020

Strung Out – making 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.

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