Looped Rush Bag

Your tutor Ruby Taylor


Learn how to make a small netted bag, with an introduction to
looped netting using English rush. You will learn how to make the
rush into cordage then loop it into a strong and semi-pliable

There is archaeological evidence of this technique from Mesolithic
times. It has remained unchanged since then and is a technique
loved by contemporary basket makers and fibre artists.
Rush is a beautiful native plant that has a long tradition of use in
basket making. It is soft, lovely to work with, and has gorgeous
hues from green through to gold.

This course is suitable for people who have had a go at making
cordage before, or for beginners who have good hand skills.
Groups are kept small to allow for individual attention.

Ruby Taylor, founder of Native Hands, is inspired by working with natural materials foraged from woods, hedgerows and the land where a dialogue emerges between her hands and the materials. Immersed in the whole cycle of production: harvesting in a sustainable way and processing the raw materials to create functional and sculptural pieces.

Usually teaching groups in the woodlands of East Sussex, Ruby brings her popular courses indoors with Atelier Beside the Sea during the winter months to continue sharing her unique approach to this craft.

Ruby is passionate about helping people develop their skills and creativity whilst developing their connection to the natural world. With over 30 years’ experience, her teaching method comes with clarity, patience and humour

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Refreshments will be available during the class. A delicious lunch will be served supplied by one of our neighbouring independent businesses. You will be contacted ahead of the course date with menu options.

All materials are provided by Atelier Beside the Sea.


Jon Tutton at Atelier Beside the Sea


165 Kings Road Arches
East Sussex

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Intermediate level
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


2 evenings (6:00pm to 9:00pm)

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