One Day Workshops

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.