About the Course
Begin by looking at the structure of a coiled basket to identify the core and stitching material. Learn the techniques for hand stitching around the core to begin the basket, wrap and join threads. A basic stitching technique will be taught, with suggestions as how patterns could be added with colours and the placing of each stitch. If making a small basket, rather than a mat, learn how to place the core material to build a form. Before leaving, learn how to finish the basket off with the core neatly stitched to against the rim, or to perhaps to form a loop. The day is intended as a skills based day; to try out a technique or perhaps as a refresher. At the end of the day students should make one piece.
Workshops are suitable for beginners and those with a little more experience. I will demonstrate the technique, provide visual notes and offer individual support. All materials and equipment will be provided. Students might like to bring a notebook, pencil and camera. Reading glasses may be required for close work.
From a childhood spent making, I now make small woven non-functional decorative objects. Originally learning to make traditional willow baskets, an introduction to textile basketry and the suggestion to try some different materials took my making in a new direction. A large portion of my practice is sharing what I do. With a background in primary teaching and museum education, I greatly enjoy running workshops and giving talks; sharing my enthusiasm for making and the passing on of skills. My aim is to introduce new audiences to basketry in the hope that they may find it as exciting as I do.I am a member of the Basketmakers’ Association and a Yeoman Member of The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers.
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What's included in the price?
All materials and equipment will be provided.Tea, coffee and biscuits available (am and pm). Lunch is not provided, so please either bring a packed lunch or purchase lunch from the many shops and cafes close to the Oxmarket in Chichester city centre.