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Cardboard Bags and Boxes workshop November 2013

Clare brought along a selection of her plaited bags & boxes - some highly colourful, others more muted & a briefcase constructed entirely from newspapers. After a brief demo & some useful tips we got started constructing  with our pre-painted/printed cardboard strips. 

Clare's selection of baskets

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Willow Cutting - 15 February 2014

With permission of Olivia and John, a group of members met with secateurs, loppers and waterproofs to harvest the willow at Olivia's willow beds. The weather was sunny but blustery but luckily there was no sign of the rain the pervious day - apart from the very wet and muddy conditions. There were some beautiful colours of willows from green and gold to red and purple.

willow1

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13 April 2013- Open Workshop focussing on rush work

Although this was an 'open workshop', Geraldine brought along a bolt of rush and once a table of inspiring examples of rushwork was set out on a table, we all got cracking with rush weaving. Hats, bags and baskets of all shapes were made. The new venue of Wymondly Village Hall was also a nice change and served our needs very well. We also had a lovely shared lunch!

rush1  rush2 

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16 February 2013 - Cutting willow at Olivia's willow beds

cuttingwillow1On a bright winter's morning we gathered at the home of Olivia Elton Barrett to cut her wonderful collection of coloured willow. Olivia allowed us all to use her house for a cuppa and some cake before getting to work. The colours of the different varieties were glorious. After three or four hours of squelching through the muddy willow beds with secateurs and loppers, the willow was cut. There was so much! Plenty for everyone to take what they wanted.

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Open Workshop - 1st December

Dec2012We had an excellent day on Saturday.  There was a great assortment of materials contributed which included bark, willow, ultra-shiny paper cord, somband, fine dyed cane, coloured wire, threads & gold tape. Most members also brought examples of decorations; most notable were Hazel's willow reindeer, Jane's bark strip stars, Maggie's Xmas trees & Tricia's miniature coloured cane trees.

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