Looped Rush Bags

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Two dates in 2021:

June 6 (Sunday) & Sept 26 (Sunday)



Venue: 70 acre ancient coppiced  woodland on a family-run working  farm: peaceful and beautiful Dernwood Farm, Nr Heathfield, East Sussex.

Come and make a small netted bag in the woods round a campfire. This day is an introduction to looped netting, using English rush.

You’ll learn how to make the rush into cordage and then loop it into a strong and semi-pliable structure. There’s archaeological evidence of this technique from Mesolithic times. It’s remained unchanged since then and is a technique loved by contemporary basketmakers and fibre artists.


Rush is a beautiful native plant that has a long tradition of use in basketmaking. It’s soft, lovely to work with, and has gorgeous hues from green through to gold.

This course is suitable for people who’ve had a go at making cordage before, or for beginners who have good hand skills. Groups are kept small to allow for individual attention, anad the currently required physical distancing.

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 day, we’ll connect to the woodland surroundings through a short and simple, guided mindfulness-based practice.

Being absorbed in such a beautiful activity in a beautiful place was very enriching and exactly what I needed. Thank you for making it so. JB, Sussex

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- cosy bell tents and cabins with wood-burners. The cost of staying at the farm isn’t included in the cost of the course.

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Featured in the Guardian lifestyle section. National Geographic & Toyota put Native Hands in their top 125 UK adventures.