What We Do

6 December 2014 - Informal decorative mats workshop

For our workshop on decorative mats we were lucky enough to have some lovely  buff & brown willow rods, plus some prepared willow bases. Thanks to Jane, Geraldine & Margaret.  Margaret brought along one of her mats with a Madeira border, which gave a  great effect.  She showed us how to create this  very wide & attractive border.  It is surprisingly easy to work & lies flat.
By the end of the day most members had completed a decorative mat, the patterns varying with different coloured willows or cane.
Our bring-and-share lunch was delicious, as always, with some creative fare.
Thanks to Margaret for her patient teaching & making the event so successful & enjoyable.

Foraging Day in Sussex July 2015

This was a more unusual type of workshop, with leader Ruby Taylor.  It involved gathering a variety of grasses & working outside in the woods.  Ruby brought along some previously dried grasses for the group to use.  An open-coiling technique was employed with hemp thread for the stitching. 
It seemed the group discovered the joys of using different types of grasses so readily available, & were inspired to do more with this material.
Many thanks to Ruby for making the day so successful & memorable.
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Knotting workshop and AGM - September 2014

trtying to figure out what to do.
After a scrumptious bring-and-share lunch we began our mini workshop led by Liz Houghton.  With the aid of various samples, handouts,  demos & smooth cord we all concentrated on learning the basic  techniques for making a knotted lanyard.  Liz was very patient in her teaching & we all succeeded; it left us wanting for more! Many thanks to Liz for making it great fun & achievable.

Summer Outing - July 2014

We had a splendid day at Jane & John's farm near Leamington Spa.  We looked round Jane's workroom, part of a converted barn with exposed rafters, where some of her basketry collection was displayed.  There was evidence of various craft activities - papier mache, tea bag embroidery, weaving, spinning, dying, knitting, mosaic with recycled shards. 
eating pizza

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Open Hexagonal Plaiting with Linda Mowat - June 2014

Linda brought along a colourful & inspiring selection of pieces, including old animal muzzles, all constructed using open hexagonal plaiting.  She also showed us photos of traditional crafts people working with this method, as well as images of pieces by contemporary makers.  
 With the aid of diagrams she demonstrated how to get started on this attractive technique.  For materials we used plastic strapping, somband & chair cane.  

Linda showing an example

Read more: Open Hexagonal Plaiting with Linda Mowat - June 2014