Saturday 6 June 2020 (to be rescheduled to 2021)
Venue: 70 acre ancient coppiced woodland on a family-run working farm: peaceful and beautiful Dernwood Farm Nr Heathfield, Sussex, TN21 0PN
Learn how to make cordage (string) from a variety of seasonally available plants which we’ll forage for on the day. We’ll work with plants that need varying degrees of preparation to make cordage from. You’ll come away with a good understanding of the methods required to make cordages for various uses and from different types of fibres. A range of samples will inspire you on how to incorporate cordage into your own craft projects.
String has many varied uses, and can be seen as the base of human culture. Some would argue that it’s one of the main skills that make us human as it’s been key to our survival and evolution as a species. When you make your own, you’ll never look at a humble ball of twine in the same way again.
Suitable for all levels, including beginners. Groups are kept small to allow for individual attention.
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.
Loved the Wild Cordage day. Ruby makes ancient techniques simple and achievable, and imparted a vast amount of knowledge in bite-sized chunks. Totally inspired and can’t wait to make more! Julie & Matthew Bruton-Seal (authors of ‘Hedgerow Medicine’)
Once you’ve learned how to make cordage, you’ll probably be itching to make something useful from it. The Netted Cordage Bags course in July is a perfect way to apply (and consolidate) your cordage skills.
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, including cosy bell tents and cabins with wood-burners. Please note that the cost of staying at the farm is not included in the course.
Follow-on course: Netted Cordage Bags
See you in the woods!