Esparto weaving, baskets made from grass


Duration: Two days

Price: £140

Run by: Grasweavers

Contact: Dirk Drijver

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About the Course

Hi Everybody

We are delighted to announce an exciting new 2 day course to learn the skills of working with Esparto grass to make a beautiful plaited basket.  The tutor is Dirk Driver who has many years of experience of working with this fantastic material.

Date:  Sunday 4th February and Sunday 25th February 2017 (There will be some plaiting homework in between!)

Esparto grass is a Mediterranean plant which has been used to make all kinds of objects since prehistoric times.  It's latin name Stipa Tenacissima means 'very resistant' and baskets made from Esparto are very strong and hardwearing.  This basket can be made by complete beginner basketmakers, however if you are an improving basketmaker there are a wealth of skills to learn during the making of this basket.  These skills have been handed down through generations and the skills you will learn will be transferrable to many materials which you can gather for free locally such as reeds and garden materials. 

Day one: Weaving with 11 bundles and plaiting, weaving with 3 strands for sewing. Starting the weaving plait.

Day two: Principles of sewing the basket together and making handles.  Decorative extras.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. The voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Materials are included. Coffee and Tea and homemade cookies will be provided. Please bring your own lunch.


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I really enjoyed this course. We learned a lot about the history of weaving with esparto grass and some new techniques which can be applied to other forms of basketmaking. The tutors are very knowledgeable and the structure of the course was great with two days a few weeks apart and practice activity in between. I am very pleased with my basket and look forward to applying my new skills in other baskets! Thanks Dirk and Kathy.

- - #11832

Very enjoyable course and I enjoyed using a new material and a new (to me) plaiting technique. The materials were well prepared and sorted and everything on tap when required.

I would have found an occasional diagram useful, eg the movement of the 11 plait and the start which we practised later on the first day. Written instructions on what to prepare for the second day would also have been helpful (I managed to forget in the interim of course!). Otherwise a really well structured course which was plainly enjoyed by everyone very much.

- - #11753

Very knowledgeable tutors. 2 lovely days weaving. I would have never guessed that it was possible to make such beautiful baskets with grass.

- - #11733

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Course Start Dates

Sunday 4th February 2018
Sunday 25th February 2018

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