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22 and 23 April 2017 - Arc baskets

Nadine started by giving us prepared frames of buff willow, & proceeded to show us how to attach a horizontal base with ear lashing.  This done, she went on to demonstrate attaching thick rush uprights with lark's head lashing .  After a few rows of pairing, a padded mould was inserted to create internal space.  Nadine encouraged us to experiment with weaving groups of stakes, reverse pairing, waling, & including other materials. The baskets were completed with a decorative trac border. All the group completed a successful piece.

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4 February 2017 - Sculptural cane workshop

In preparation for this workshop Geraldine, Mel and Sally dyed the cane and cut the stakes. 

Polly did a great job demonstrating and getting everyone going. Most of the group found the cane wanted to go inwards more quickly than was desired, but others managed to control it better, and wove straight up or outwards.   Generally, the group felt comfortable to take the half finished sculptural pieces home to finish, but that they could also use an informal workshop to complete the shapes.

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21 January 2017 - Boat shaped baskets

We had a large attendance for this workshop. Sally and Norma brought along examples of boat-shaped baskets.  There was plenty of colourful willow, dogwood, cane, sea grass, jute & raffia. Sally demonstrated the start by using cardboard pierced with holes to position the stakes into a boat shape.  After weaving the central section, she showed how to join the ends of the stakes using various binding techniques.  With the aid of handouts members constructed & completed a successful piece.

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12 November 2016 - informal workshop

In the morning Sally showed us how to make a small brush from pine needles & twined cord or wire.  She also demonstrated how to wrap small stick bundles using a Japanese knot. In the afternoon Joy showed us how to construct a Nordic star from thick, patterned paper. Jane brought along some willow bark & glittery thread for those wishing to produce Xmas star decorations. 

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1 October 2016 - Netting workshop

This was held at Shuna's home, a converted barn housing a multitude of international baskets. We were shown how to net a small draw-string bag.  Shuna also demonstrated how to use different starts, & how to add tassels & feathers.

Everyone was inspired by the endless, creative possibilities of this versatile technique. A huge thank you to Shuna for her excellent teaching & hospitality.

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