Rush Basket Weaving

Tutor: Averil Otiv

Lunch: Price includes a hearty lunch.

All Levels

Typically for a max of 8 people.

Full Day

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During this one day workshop, Averil Otiv will help you explore the beauty and versatility of fibre basketry techniques. You will handle and work with beautiful rustic rush to weave a small basket that is both decorative and functional for storage, useful wools, yarns or even bread.

Materials suppliers will be considered so that students can develop this technique further at home. Perhaps you’d like to grab a copy of Averil’s recently published book on fibre basketry techniques too!

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

All materials for the baskets are provided .

You will also need to bring with you:

Notebook, pencil and ruler
About 10 small clothes pegs
A large eyed needle
Damp rag for cleaning rush
Large cloth or towel for dampening and working on
Water spray bottle
House brick covered in fabric (old tea towel or t shirt just held on with rubber bands is fine)

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