Crafty Basketry - Weaving with Rush - 2-Day Course | 02/10/2021 - 03/10/2021

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These courses are for absolute beginners and people who’ve made a basket or two. As it is much softer on the hands than willow or hedgerow, this may be your chance to weave with natural materials!

Crafty Basketry is super-excited to offer this course as part of a one-off collaboration with Clair Murphy of Rushmore Baskets in Presteigne, Wales, who weaves with rush and foraged fibres. There is very little Clair doesn’t know about the topic, hence your overwhelming enthusiasm to take part. I’ve been able to tempt her to come down south, as I’ve not used rush or foraged fibres before. It saves us a journey, having to travel to Wales.

You will be weaving with rush and other fibres. Clair will bring a range of semi-processed fibres for you to try, alongside the rush. Should you wish to also bring your own, then you can gather leaves now, and leave them a few weeks to dry off a little. Harvest long, strappy leaves such as iris, day lily and crocosmia, hang them up in bunches by the tips and leave them to dry somewhere airy. Woodier material such as vines, ivy and honeysuckle can make a good structural basis for a basket, or offer rhythm in the weaving. Cut these as long as possible and leave them to dry.

A One-off Collaboration
This is a great opportunity to learn from one of the best. The response has been fantastic, so this is your chance to book your space! Yes, bring a friend, as it’s a wonderful experience to share and create lasting memories.

If you’ve always wanted to weave with rush and foraged fibres and you’ve no idea where to start, then you can’t miss this weekend of absorbing all the tips and tricks.

What can I expect?
- Find out from Clair what can be used and in what way, the effects and patterns to choose from and colour combinations that can be created;
- You will make either one large object, or more smaller ones;
- Weaving with rush is just as grounding and rewilding as with willow, but is lovely, soft and much more forgiving on the hands. It is a very pliable and durable material and the colours are stunning;
- Try out different materials Clair will bring in, rush and other and use ancient weaving techniques to make patterns;
- Learn about cultivation and preparation in a sustainable way;
- Let Clair guide you through the different stages of making your object from start to finish.

A weekend course?
If you’d love to make a bigger basket, bag with handles or other larger project, then a weekend course will be a wonderful experience to fully immerse yourself with rush and the materials that grow around us in gardens and fields.

You could make the following, just to give you an idea of size:

- Two bowls, cushions, (place)mats or a few coasters and other useful items;
- A shopping basket;
- A bigger planter;
- A tool basket; or
- A toy basket.

It’s a fantastic day to spend with friends, but also really great to share with like-minded people you’ve not met before. Truly refreshing for both mind and spirit.

For Body and Mind
Basket weaving is very therapeutic, as you are using head, heart and hands, bringing body and mind back in sync. Working in a group allows you to share experiences, bounce off ideas, so it’s also a great way to build new friendships.

Is this for me?
Over the years, people with disabilities, or who were thought to be lesser abled were still able to weave a basket. Not quite sure about your abilities, then just get in touch and I will assess to see whether it’s for you.

Please contact me for a more tailored experience.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials, use of tools, and teas, coffees and cakes are included. There will be fruit for when we get peckish. We advise people to bring a packed lunch.


Marianne van Niekerken at Crafty Basketry


Readers Bridge Farm Oast
Readers Bridge Road, St. Michaels
St. Michael's, Tenterden
TN30 6TH

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Children
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


14 hours (9:30am to 5:00pm)

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