Join us for a weekend, or a day, of hands-on workshops with expert basketmaker Helen Jackson. Guests will learn how to prepare a variety of the raw materials that surround us to create cordage, before putting these twisted plant fibres to use by making their very own basket (that’s the coiling bit).
These classes will be small, with full access to your friendly instructor.
We’ll include tea, coffee and cake on Saturday, and the same on Sunday - plus a delicious light lunch.
These one-off workshops are part of our long-running School of Wild Wellness & Bushcraft.
CORDAGE: Making natural fibres workshop
An introduction to making cordage, or string, using natural fibres with local basket maker Helen Jackson.
“The process of making and using cordage is as old as the human race. Thick rope for building, thin thread for sewing and everything in between, it was an essential technology that has enabled the progress of our species.
Using leaves, grasses and rushes all around us, learn this ancient technique of twisting plant fibres to make string/cordage. You will get the chance to experiment with lots of different materials and your work can then be used to make a small basket in the coiling workshop the next day.”
COILING: Basket making with natural cordage
Make your own basket, or mat, from natural cordage/string with local basket maker Helen Jackson.
“Coiling is a very versatile method of making a basket, with various materials used to reach the desired size and shape. Plants, such as soft rush, dandelions, nettles and dock, sometimes regarded as a nuisance in the garden can be a valuable material and historically used in everyday life as a resource for making baskets, mats, containers, clothes etc. A coiled basket can be so tightly made it can be made watertight.
Using locally gathered grasses, rushes, leaves and flower stems create a treasured basket using this ancient technique. Over the course of the day you will gain the knowledge to harvest, store and prepare your own materials from your garden and from the hedgerows.”