Looped Rush Bags

natural cordage netted bag

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: please get in touch with Native Hands to arrange staying on site for the September course. The cost of staying at the farm isn’t included in the cost of the course.

natural cordage net course sussex

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