Bramble Frame Baskets
September 30/October 1 (Friday/Saturday)
10.30am-5pm both days
Venue: open air woodland setting in a 70 acre ancient coppiced wood on a family-run working farm: peaceful and beautiful Dernwood Farm Nr Heathfield, East Sussex.
Spend two days in the woods making a (non-prickly) bramble and wild rose frame basket to take home, made from materials you’ve foraged. Bramble basketry is my most popular wild basket-making course. At the end of this course you’ll leave with all the knowledge you need to make a frame basket from start to finish with foraged materials.
A perfect basket for taking on a foraging trip berries, mushrooms, etc as it hangs comfortably on your forearm. Also great for storing eggs, garlic and that kind of thing in your kitchen. You’ll start seeing those pesky brambles in a whole new light.
Suitable for all levels, including beginners. Groups are kept small to allow for individual attention.
A light vegetarian lunch is provided, we’ll have 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.
Picking the bramble prior to making the basket made me feel really connected to the finished product. I also felt the achievement of mastering the skill of turning an unwanted plant into something of beauty and use. Meike W, Croydon
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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