Bramble Wall Baskets
April 22/23 (Friday/Saturday)
Sept 10/11 (Saturday/Sunday) tbc
10.30am-5pm both days
Venue: 70 acre ancient coppiced woodland on a family-run working farm: peaceful and beautiful Dernwood Farm Nr Heathfield, East Sussex.
Bramble baskets are my most popular basketry courses. People love turning a (generally) unliked plant into something really useful and beautiful, which isn’t prickly. On this in-depth course you’ll make a basket for hanging on a peg/nail, that’s perfect for storing spoons, utensils, brushes etc. You’ll start seeing those pesky brambles in a new light.
In April we’ll be welcoming in the spring with this weekend course; in Sept we’ll be making the most of the late summer. Beautiful times of the year to be out in the woods together.
Over the two days, you’ll learn how to select, forage and process bramble, cutting all your own material. You’ll learn a range of basketry techniques including how to start the basket, weave a strong structure, make the border and make a handle. You’ll be guided through all stages of the making process to help you have a good understanding of the techniques involved. You’ll leave knowing how to make a bramble basket from start to finish.
A light vegetarian lunch is provided, we’ll have a kettle on the camp fire, plus a huge tarp on hand for cover in case we need it. I aim to offer you a satisfying learning experience as well as an enjoyable time away from it all. To support you in getting the most from the days, we’ll connect to the woodland surroundings through a short and simple, guided mindfulness-based practice.
Totally fantastic. I made my first ever basket and feel confident about my ability to make another. I’m really inspired and feel enabled get my next basket project together! Ruby is so full of grace and knowledge and she imparts it in a such a super fun way. It really was a joy to attend this Bramble Basketmaking course. The camping at the venue was great too. Happy days. Thanks Ruby. Martin, Somerset
Suitable for all levels, including beginners. Groups are kept small to allow for individual attention (and currently required physical distancing).
Accommodation: camping is available at the farm venue and full details about this will be sent to you when you book on the course. The farm also has glamping options, including cosy bell tents and cabins with wood-burners. The cost of staying at the farm is not included in the course.
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See you in the woods!
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