Small-scale twined baskets with Mary Crabb

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Location: West Dean
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About this course

Learn how to twine as you make one or two small-scale twined baskets. Woven with paper yarn in a variety of colours, incorporate a pattern and a simple border into your basket.

Course Description

The course will focus on the technique of twining, making a connection with both basketry and textiles. Twining requires the weaving of an active element around a passive warp. The weaving is worked in the hands with the use of a few simple tools. Basics of joining in new threads, changing colours and weaving a simple pattern will be covered. You will work on one simple form.

Woven in paper yarn, in a range of colours, the baskets offer some simple skills of weaving a bundled base, either concave to stand or convex to hang, and straight sides. The basket will be finished with a simple border. To make your basket individual, the colours can be varied and a simple pattern woven in.

The tutor will demonstrate techniques, provide visual notes and offer individual support to enable you to create your own small-scale basket. This is a suitable day for beginners with no experience of twined basketry. Please note, the work is small and twining can be tiring on the hands, so please consider this before booking.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of providing materials, shared amongst the group. Materials and equipment provided by the tutor include:
  • A selection of paper yarns
  • Scissors - a pair suitable for cutting thicker paper yarn and a finer pair
  • Large eyed needles (metal and plastic)
  • Tape measures, bulldog clips, rulers and masking tape

What students need to bring

  • Please bring any of the above equipment if you prefer to use your own.
  • Bring a notebook or sketchbook for recording any additional information.
  • Reading glasses are advisable if you need them for close up work.
  • A camera may be useful for recording your work.
  • Please bring examples of twined baskets, if you have any.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A range of needles

Additional information

Asthma and hayfever sufferers are advised to bring their medication as, occasionally, the fibres from some threads and strings may bring on symptoms. Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals, and safety boots, if specified.


Mary Crabb

Mary Crabb is an award-winning contemporary basketmaker. Having originally worked in willow, Mary now works with fine flexible materials, both natural and man-made, to create small, detailed and decorative woven forms exploring the connection between basketry and textiles.

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