During this one day workshop, Averil will help you explore the beauty and versatility of fibre basketry techniques to include coiled baskets made from pine needles, sedge and other decorative grasses.
A coiled basket is made in the same way as a coiled clay pot , from a continuous length of fibre spiralled around or on top of itself to create expanding and ascending spirals.
Various plants are suitable for this technique, Averil uses rush, sedge, day lily, iris and pine needles. The plant material is dried first and then re soaked and stitched with linen.
The autumn is a good time to collect and dry plant materials yourself ready for the workshop but Averil will also provide a range of suitable materials.
Please note that the materials charge will be £5-£10 depending on the materials you select on the day.
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
Please bring the following with you:
A medium and large eyed blunt needle
A plastic box for soaking work , about 9x5 inches and about 4 inches deep.
An old tea towel and a rag.
Notebook , pen and scissors.