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12 November 2016 - informal workshop

In the morning Sally showed us how to make a small brush from pine needles & twined cord or wire.  She also demonstrated how to wrap small stick bundles using a Japanese knot. In the afternoon Joy showed us how to construct a Nordic star from thick, patterned paper. Jane brought along some willow bark & glittery thread for those wishing to produce Xmas star decorations. 

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1 October 2016 - Netting workshop

This was held at Shuna's home, a converted barn housing a multitude of international baskets. We were shown how to net a small draw-string bag.  Shuna also demonstrated how to use different starts, & how to add tassels & feathers.

Everyone was inspired by the endless, creative possibilities of this versatile technique. A huge thank you to Shuna for her excellent teaching & hospitality.

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10 September 2016 - Recycled materials workshop

 Everyone brought along some sort of recycled materials. Geraldine brought along a small shopper constructed from plaited fruit carton strips and demonstrated how to cut the long strips using a clever device attached to scissors.  Meanwhile, Sally brought along examples of a cylindrical container with a four-footed base; these were constructed using paper strips in a bias-plait. With the aid of her ready-cut strips & a handout, several members produced attractive results.  

 

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29 May 2016 - Herts County Show

Exhibiting here was a new venture us.  We had a sizeable stand inside the "Worshipful Company of Basketmakers" large marquee and a demonstration table  just outside. There was a steady stream of visitors to the basketry tent.

Thanks to those members who participated & special thanks to Mel (chair) for organising this.


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7-8 May 2016 - Willow animals

The group had a lovely weekend at Mill Green. Sue bought along a lot of different varieties of her home-grown willow. Although not obviously a ‘technical’ workshop, there was quite a lot of useful stuff to learn about things such as wraps and shaping. The staff at Mill Green treated us very well, and of course the sun shone!  There were successful outcomes all round - birds, containers & a pig. Many thanks to Sue for her encouragement & inspiration.

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