Learn the basic techniques of coiled basketry on this one-day course. Coiled baskets are formed with the use of a core and a sewing material. The stitches can be varied and incorporate wraps. Variations in stitch and material can add texture and pattern to the surface; with the addition of a colour, the two can combine with great effect.
Skills taught will include beginning, wrapping, simple stitching, joining of threads and finishing. You will be working with a range of colourful threads and yarns around a rope or string core to create a patterned coiled piece. By experimenting with the laying of the core, you will be able to dictate the form your work takes.
Coiling is a slow process, so you should expect to make a small sample. This could take the form of a small vessel or could be more free-form. Mary will demonstrate techniques, provide visual notes and offer individual support to enable you to create your own unique piece of coiled basketry.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
- The course fee includes the cost of providing materials shared amongst the group.
What students need to bring
- Any examples/images of coiled structures would be useful
- A notebook or sketchbook for recording any additional information
- A camera may also be useful for recording
- Reading glasses are advisable if you need them for close up work
- Large eyed needles, metal and plastic
- Essential - wear sturdy covered shoes in the workshop
- The tutor will provide all the tools and materials required for the workshop, however, you are welcome to bring any thread, wools, string, rope and cords, in a selection of colours and textures, which may be suitable to use.
Available to buy
- Available from shop:
- A selection of needles
- Office string and upholstery twine
Asthma and hay fever suffers are recommended to bring their medication as occasionally the fibres from wool and some strings may bring on symptoms.
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).