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.
It has been a very busy start to the year with lots of teaching one to one as well as group workshops at Assington Mill in Suffolk and The Museum of Cambridge, formerly the Folk Museum. The latter venues workshop formed part of The Cambridge History Festival and 12 learners made willow platters in a variety of willows, Birch pruning’s and Cambridgeshire Rush that I harvested last Summer. No mean feet as the session was only 3 hours long but the results were fabulous with rope making and 4 strand flat plaiting of the Rushes to create stripes of contrasting colour and texture.
One of my regular students was keen to focus on the Burkina plaiting technique so I spent a day guiding her through the weaving of a lightweight but strong shoulder basket. After taking time to select, clean and sort the Rushes into groups to be used at specific points within the basket, her focus was on how to hold the plait correctly with the vessel created upside down. It took about 6 hours to complete with a quick lunch and I think the resulting basket was super.
Here is a list of my teaching dates planned so far for 2019 some of which take place at venues away from my workshop; please book directly with the venues .
There are classes taking place at my home workshop for a maximum of 4 people at a cost of £95.00 per person including materials tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits . One to one workshops are £150.00. A non-refundable deposit of £25.00 per person is required to secure a workshop place.
If you wish to know when these are and their content then please contact me for more details, alternatively if you wish to arrange a workshop focusing on a specific technique or material please do get in touch to discuss possibilities by emailing email@example.com
Workshop Dates for 2019
Rush humbug baskets: play with the Burkina plait- 7th-12th April, Basketmakers’ Association Spring School, York Fully booked
Willow round baskets with Zig Zag side weave- Friday 26th April, 10am-4.30pm- Wicken Fen Nature Reserve, 01353 720274 Fully booked
Looped & knotted baskets & wall sculptures using garden leaves – 1st-2nd May, 10am-4pm, £130.00 Cambridge University Botanic Gardens http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk
Willow & rush conical hanging storage baskets- Saturday 11th May , 10am-4pm-Cottenham Village College firstname.lastname@example.org 01954 288751
Focus on the Burkina Plait-Friday 17th May,9.30am-4pm, Wardy Hill Workshop, email@example.com 01353 776030 3 spaces left