What We Do

Knotting workshop and AGM - September 2014

 
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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. 
 
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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

Tim Johnson's workshop 1-2 February 2014

TimJ1Tim brought along a wide & fascinating selection of plant materials, both in their raw state & after having been processed.   Many of these he had garnered from around the world.  With the aid of diagrams & demos we embarked on making variants on 2 & 3-ply cordage using whole rush, split rush rolled in the hands, & an extraordinary method with grass.
 
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Read more: Tim Johnson's workshop 1-2 February 2014

Informal Xmas Workshop Dec 2013

 
We had a good turn out to this festive themed event.  Several group members brought along examples of plaited items : small boxes, pouches, reindeer, stars. We all gathered round a long table as Jane demonstrated how to fold paper cleverly into a box & lid.  Thankfully she provided us with heaps of patterned papers.  small woven items