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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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10 September 2016 - Recycled materials workshop

 Everyone brought along some sort of recycled materials. Geraldine brought along a small shopper constructed from plaited fruit carton strips and demonstrated how to cut the long strips using a clever device attached to scissors.  Meanwhile, Sally brought along examples of a cylindrical container with a four-footed base; these were constructed using paper strips in a bias-plait. With the aid of her ready-cut strips & a handout, several members produced attractive results.  

 

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29 May 2016 - Herts County Show

Exhibiting here was a new venture us.  We had a sizeable stand inside the "Worshipful Company of Basketmakers" large marquee and a demonstration table  just outside. There was a steady stream of visitors to the basketry tent.

Thanks to those members who participated & special thanks to Mel (chair) for organising this.


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