Rush Weaving – Little Square Bag

rush weaving basket


A one day workshop learning the gentle craft of weaving with rush. You will take home a sweet and useful little square rush bag.

To make this lovely little rush bag we will be working off a wooden block and using check weave, waling, pairing, a simple rod border and twisted handles. The finished dimensions will be roughly 180mm W x 200 H x 50mm D. The rush will be from the Somerset Levels.

This workshop is suitable for complete beginners and if you have done some rush weaving before you may be able to experiment more with the design.

Jane will gently guide you through the process and you will be able to weave your own beautiful and bespoke rush bag to take home.

Rush is a wonderful material to weave with as it is softer and much gentler on the hands than willow.
We will be using rush harvested, from this year’s rush harvest in Somerset, only a few weeks before the course.

All tools and materials provided. Please wear warm old clothing.

Tutor: Jane Welsh
Jane is our guest tutor from Devon, usually visiting West Wales to teach at Denmark Farm twice a year. Jane is a very skilled basket maker and attentive teacher. Her knowledge and love of rush and willow is inspiring. She will also have a range of her own baskets for sale at very reasonable prices.

All proceeds from our events and holidays are ploughed directly back into managing our 40 acre nature reserve. Thank you for your support and please do come to visit soon.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Face to face teaching, tools & equipment, light refreshments.
NB. There is an additional £10 per workshop for materials, to be paid in cash on the day.


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Denmark Farm Eco Lodge and Conservation Centre
Bettws Bledrws
SA48 8PB

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  • Suitable for beginners


6½ hours (10:00am to 4:30pm)

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