Reed Mace Basketry
Two dates: Fri 2nd Oct, Sat 3 Oct 2020
Both now fully booked but it may be possible to open more spaces if govt. guidelines on social distancing relax in the coming weeks. If you’d like to go on the waiting list please get in touch
Venue: 70 acre ancient coppiced woodland on a family-run working farm: peaceful and beautiful Dernwood Farm Nr Heathfield, Sussex, TN21 0PN
Spend a day in the woods making a basketry item of your choice, using foraged wild reed mace, Typha latifolia (often known as bulrush). It’s a lovely material to work with, and we’ll gather some of it on the day from the site.
You’ll learn how to harvest, store and process this easily available & useful basketry plant. You’ll be guided through all stages of the making process to help you have a good understanding of the techniques.
There will be a range of sample baskets to hand to inspire you and help you decide what to make. Guidance and tuition will be on hand to support you.
Beginners are welcome, and for those with some previous experience it’s a great opportunity to consolidate your existing skills. If you’ve previously worked with rush, you can expand your knowledge with this easily-foraged material that is similar to weave with. Groups are kept small to allow for individual attention (and the required social distancing).
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.
Ruby, thank you for such a wonderful workshop. I thought it would be something special I could share with my sister, and it was even lovelier than I had hoped. Jane, Brighton
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!