Covid19 update: offering over 100+ courses in Cumbria & the Lakes, we hope to resume all 'in person' courses in late July 2020. During lock down, we've upgraded a listed barn into a beautiful spacious workshop studio, enabling courses to take place with 2m distancing, hand washing and two staircases. It's possible usual catered lunches may not be included for summer courses, depending on circumstances at the time.
About the workshop:
This is a wonderful opportunity to make your own personal woven rush hat, bag or basket in a day, using the native common bulrush (Scirpus Lacustris).
For the hats you will start with your own custom-made hat block, you will learn how to weave this wonderfully supple material using techniques common to basketry, to create a unique hat to wear and treasure.
On other days there are courses on rush bags and rush baskets.
Please see our own website on the link above for full details on these courses and the dates.
Rachel works in a variety of mediums and disciplines, focusing on the reproduction of historic and traditional crafts. She specialises in the making of traditionally felted hats and the weaving of baskets. Her work can be found in museums and private collections worldwide. In 2009 she received the Janet Arnold Award for costume study and has twice received the South of Scotland VACMA award for her hat business. She is a member of the Incorporation of hat makers and dyers in Edinburgh.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Welcome drinks : fresh coffee & home made biscuits, a lovely 2 course Aga lunch served in our farmhouse kitchen or outside on the Tea Lawn as soon as it's warm enough. To finish off the day, a freshly made Cream Tea (including Aga-baked scones, cream and jam).
Materials are charged extra at £15 for your hat, bag or basket for the rush used on the day.
Our days are considered special treats; many come back time and time again and often combine it with a short break to the Lake District.
We have been hosting and organising 'Quirky Workshops' since 2005 on the northern fringes of the Lake District. All our tutors are carefully hand selected experts and professionals and many considered as leading nationally in their field.
If you wish to be added to our database, please use the 'Stay in Touch' icon at the top of each page on our website (link above). Many of our early courses get booked up for Christmas presents.
Annie Swarbrick at Quirky Workshops at Greystoke Craft Garden and Barns