What We Do

Visit to Kew Gardens - 9 November 2012

kew4Our visit to Kew Gardens proved to be a highly enjoyable and inspirational day.  We started with an introduction  to the Economic Botany Collection started in the mid 19th century, its original purpose being to show the human use of plants around the world.  

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Corn Dolly Workshop 13 October 2012

Stella started by giving a brief overview of the background of the technique and showed us various samples.  She then demonstrated how to start the plait on a box, along with how to join new weavers and how to finish the plait.  She later demonstrated how to start the technique freehand.  The course was well attended and we had a nice, relaxed afternoon making and chatting.  Thanks to Stella for such a successful day. 

willow woven using 'corndolly technique'  woven with caneEveryone enjoying weaving and chatting

More work on the Stockwood figures

Saturday 14 April 2012 - More work on the Stockwood Figures

After another day of working on the figures, two of the figures were taken off their boards, but they still need a lot more weaving into the back of them to strengthen them.

Creating willow figures for Stockwood Discovery Centre

24-25 March - Making willow figures for a display at Stockwood Discovery Centre.

stockwood1 2We met in a disused farm building belonging to Jane Ingall, near Hitchin, fixed boards to walls and projected the small drawings onto the boards bringing them up to life size. We then marked, drilled and pegged the outlines of the figures with dowel for the initial pairing. We have a runner, gymnast, footballer, weightlifter, swimmer and cyclist. We will also make two Olympic torches, a bicycle, a football and some weights for the weight lifter.

The weaving is being done in willow by lots of different Hertfordhsire Basketry members. See our Stockwood Figures gallery for more images of the work.

Willow cutting with Olivia Elton Barrett

17 February 2012 - Cutting willow with Olivia Elton Barrett

We were invited by Olivia Elton Barrett to come and cut the willow on Olivia's willow beds because she had more than she was going to be able to use. The weather was a lovely winters day and the colours of the willow were amazing.

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