During this one day workshop, Averil will help you explore the beauty and versatility of fibre basketry techniques.
By the end of the day you will have created a small frame basket in willow and other plant fibres.
We will make a small and useful frame basket in a traditional African style. Willow will be used in the frame and various plant fibres such as day lilies and sweet corn husks woven across the frame. This basket is suitable for holding garlic or fruits etc but is an object of beauty on its own. All materials will be provided but do gather and dry some plant materials yourself if you have them to hand.
Perhaps you might also like to grab a copy of Averil’s recently published book on fibre basketry techniques too!
Click on the title below to find a list of what you’ll need to bring with you if anything.
What to expect
Time at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences. You can even leave us to clear up the mess! There will usually be two workshops going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to.
Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits before beginning your session at the appointed time. There will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Lunch is usually around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch. The main course will be delicious but don’t overdo it as the puds are usually worth waiting for! There will be a further afternoon break with the most wonderful cakes from Roots & Fruits Home Bakery, a North Yorkshire micro-bakery producing handmade bread and cakes. All food and refreshments are included in the price of the workshop.
Finish time is given as a target – there are occasions when the session may overrun so do let us know if you need to be away promptly.
We aim for your day to be a real treat… of course you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that! So we make it a day being looked after, with good food, good company and great inspiration!
What you’ll need to bring with you
All materials for the baskets are provided .
If possible can you also bring the following items. We have spares so let us know if you can't get hold of any of these as we can provide.
2 pieces of brown cardboard ( from a box) about 12inches square.
An old knitting needle to make holes in the cardboard
An old tea towel and a small rag.
Notebook , pen and scissors.
About 10 small clothes pegs
A large eyed needle
Large cloth or towel for dampening and working on
Water spray bottle