Wild Cordage

Natural cordage

May 20 (Friday)
June 10 (Friday)



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.

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.

Make a weekend of it by also coming to Wild Pottery (May) or Looped Rush Bags (June).

A light 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.

Cordage Course with Native Hands in Sussex
foraging brambles

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, Norfolk. Authors of ‘Hedgerow Medicine’

Follow-on courses: Looped Rush Bags, Knotted Net Bags

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 staying at the farm is not included in the course.

You can read FAQs here.

See you in the woods!

Featured in the Guardian lifestyle section. National Geographic & Toyota put Native Hands in their top 125 UK adventures.