What We Do

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


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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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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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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.

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