September 14 (Saturday)
£145 *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.
Spend a day in the woods, round a camp fire, weaving a cross-body bag using true English rush (Schoenoplectus lacustris). You’ll make a beautifully textured bag with the cross-weave technique, learn how to make the border and how to add a strap. Perfect for carrying your daily essentials, or for keeping precious things in.
English rush is a native plant with a long history of use in traditional basket making. It’s much loved by basketmakers for its pliabilty and versatility, being a really nice material to work with. It’s also easy on the hands, and it mellows to a soft golden colour.
Suitable for all levels including beginners. Groups are kept small to allow for individual attention.
Make a weekend of it
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 days, we’ll connect to the woodland surroundings through a short and simple, guided mindfulness-based practice.
This is the second workshop I’ve done with Ruby – what a wonderfully gifted teacher. So much care is taken – from making fire, to foraging the plants, and imparting valuable knowledge in such a clear and kind way. And weaving is glorious, it’s so satisfying. What an amazing way to learn basketmaking. I can’t wait to make one by myself now! Julia, Devon
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- cosy bell tents and cabins with wood-burners. The cost of staying at the farm isn’t included in the cost of the course. Read more about onsite and offsite accommodation options.
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