Learn one of the oldest known crafts and the technique of ‘coiling and stitching’ fibres together to make your own basket.
Utilising plant fibres to create something useful is not only immensely satisfying but it nurtures our connection with the environment, stimulating us to view plants in new ways.
Basket weaving is an ancient craft and the technique of ‘coiling and stitching’ fibres together to create a basket is still common in many cultures across the globe. Learning to coil a basket, provides us with a link and an insight in a tactile way to a depth of knowledge of plant fibres and methods of using them which have been passed down through generations for thousands of years.
The day will include a wander through CERES Community Environment Park to identify suitable plants for weaving, as well as a discussion on the history of traditional and contemporary basketry.
In this workshop, you will learn:
How to create a stitched and coiled basket using locally gathered plant fibres.
Material selection and preparation.
Starting the coil, stitching method, shaping and finishing your basket.
Note: We recommend Basketry – Stitched & Coiled for beginners and Basketry – Twined for those further developing their skills.
What will I learn?
The ancient craft of basketry
How to create a stitched and coiled basket using locally gathered plant fibre
How to identify, select, gather and prepare plant fibres for weaving
Caroline Hawkins is a sculptural fibre artist, basket weaver and tutor. She has been creating and teaching art for 30 years. Trained in 3D design in London, Caroline is now based on Victoria’s Surf Coast.
What will I get?
Take home your own handwoven beautiful and functional basket/work of art
What should I bring?
An old towel
Sturdy garden scissors
A water spray bottle
A sunhat (Darning needles will be provided)
What should I wear?
Casual, comfortable clothes
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