Twined basketry uses soft materials – two active weavers are woven around vertical warps, or stakes. Weaving can be close, which produces a strong, durable basket, or more open, which results in a more flexible construction.
Open hexagonal plaiting is popular in Asia, where bamboo is used to make lightweight but strong containers, hats and fish traps. You will use materials like cane, plastic strapping tape and paper to make baskets and balls.
This five-week daytime course at Morley College will introduce you to some of the main techniques of contemporary basketry, including coiling, twining, looping, and plaiting, using a range of different materials.
I will be teaching coiling at this celebration of basketmaking in Lewes. There will be other workshops, stalls, and demonstrations, as well as dancing with ceilidh to finish the day!