What We Do

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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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.