Last Autumn a really enthusiastic lovely lady came to weave Cambridgeshire Rushes for the day with the aim of firming up basketry techniques she had learned a few years ago.
It was a long hot day with the morning spent weaving a round place mat with a twill centre and chain paired weave with a rolled then threaded away border. The afternoon was spent on a larger 3D project; a rectangular tote with leather handles. She chose a chain paired side weave for the speed it could be executed at, and a 3 rod border for strength. All woven in recently harvested and dried rush cut not far from where we live and filling the workshop with the scent of a hay meadow.
Here are the results of her hard days concentrating- functional and attractive and excellent projects for solidifying weaving techniques. Many more learners have attended Rush weaving workshops since then and more posts detailing their great creations will follow. If you are interested in attending a workshop to create beautiful and functional baskets then please see my workshop dates post where venues and details are listed, or contact me to discuss a private workshop for up to 3 people maximum.