Aug 24/25 (Sat/Sun)
10.30am – 5pm both days
£265 *Open for bookings soon. Be among the first to be notified by email*
Venue: open air woodland setting in a 70 acre ancient coppiced wood on a family-run working farm: peaceful and beautiful Dernwood Farm Nr Heathfield, East Sussex.
An immersive, in-depth course covering all aspects of making lidded grass baskets. We’ll gather some of the grass on the day, learning which grasses you can harvest sustainably and how to process them. You’ll make a basket that’s sturdy and perfect for storing eggs or other similar-sized objects. You’ll leave with all the knowledge you need to make another yourself after the course, including other plants you can use for this technique.
Grass baskets is one of my most popular courses. People love the mellow atmosphere that grass basket-making creates. And it’ll get you looking at verges and lawns in a whole new light.
The basketry technique of coiling is an ancient one and as an option there’ll be bone needles available for you to make your basket the way our Stone Age ancestors may have. An added extra on the day: bone basketry needles (made by Ruby) will be available to buy.
Day 1: Making a Basket. The fundamentals of starting, stitching, shaping, finishing.
Day 2: Lids and Starts. Get to grips with the technicals of beginning a basket, including starting an oval one. Making lids and learning about different shapes, flanges, handles, hinges.
A simple but hearty 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.
Ruby – I wanted to thank you again for the lovely basket workshop. It was so relaxed yet focused, clear modelling with space to crack on and explore with your supportive skills and knowledge on tap. Richard S, London
Suitable for all levels, including beginners as well as those with some experience. Groups are kept small to allow for individual attention.
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. The cost of accommodation is not included in the course. Read more about onsite and offsite accommodation options.
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See you in the woods!
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