Bramble Frame Baskets
September 28/29 (Sat/Sun)
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.
An immsersive two days, learning all you need to know about making a (non-prickly) bramble and wild rose frame basket to take home, made from materials you’ve gathered. A perfect basket for taking on a foraging trip berries, mushrooms, etc, it hangs comfortably on your forearm. Also great for storing eggs, garlic and that kind of thing in your kitchen. It’ll make you see brambles in a whole new light.
Bramble basketry is my most popular wild basket-making course. At the end of this in-depth course you’ll leave with all the knowledge you need to make a frame basket from start to finish with foraged materials.
Over the two days, you’ll learn all about brambles & wild rose: how to select, forage and process them, cutting all your own weaving material. We’ll also cover knife skills, and you’ll be guided through all stages of the making process to help you have a good understanding of the techniques involved.
Suitable for all levels, including beginners. Groups are kept small to allow for individual attention.
A simple but hearty 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. MW, Croydon
Accommodation: please note that camping / glamping is not available onsite for this course, regrettably. But there are lots of local offsite options, and you’ll find details of alternative accommodation here.
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