Natural Cordage Netted Bag
(next scheduled for 2021)
10.30am-4.30pm both days (Sat & Sun)
Venue: 70 acre ancient coppiced woodland on a family-run working farm: peaceful and beautiful Dernwood Farm Nr Heathfield, Sussex, TN21 0PN
Making a netted bag is one of the best uses for natural cordage, and there’s archaeological evidence that our ancient hunter-gatherer ancestors did the same. If you’ve ever had a go at making cordage you’ll know what a satisfying experience that is. But people often wonder what to then use it for. Come and make your own, really useful and beautiful bag: to hold and carry your water bottle, or your phone, etc.
We’ll forage and prep native plant fibres on the day (probably bramble). With two days available there’ll be time to process all your fibres and sink into the repetitive rhythm of twining your cordage and then looping it into a bag. A variety of looping techniques will be shown, depending on which type of bag you decide to make.
Guidance and tuition will be on hand to support you through all the stages of the making process, and there will be a range of sample baskets to handle. You’ll leave knowing all you need to make a looped net cordage bag from start to finish.
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. If you’re a complete beginner, the Wild Cordage Day course in June is an excellent introduction and starting point.
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
Accommodation, make a weekend of it: 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. Please note that the cost of staying at the farm isn’t included in the cost of the course.
See you in the woods!