Bramble Wall Baskets
30/31 March 2019
10.30am-4.30pm both days
Venue: we’ll be based in 70 acres of ancient coppiced woodland, on a family-run working farm. A peaceful and beautiful setting. Dernwood Farm, Waldron, Nr Heathfield, Sussex, TN21 0PN
Bramble baskets are our most popular basketry courses. People love turning a (generally) unliked plant into something really useful and beautiful…which isn’t prickly. On this in-depth course you’ll make a good sized basket (those in the photo are approx 25cm high, incl handle) for hanging on a peg/nail, and perfect for storing spoons, utensils, brushes etc. You’ll see those pesky brambles in a whole new light.
We’ll be welcoming in the spring with this weekend course and the start of British Summer Time: a beautiful time to be out in the woods together.
Over the two days, you’ll learn how to select, forage and process bramble, cutting all your own material. You’ll learn a range of basketry techniques including how to start the basket, weave a strong structure, make the border and make the handle. You’ll be guided through all stages of the making process to help you have a good understanding of the techniques involved. You’ll leave with all the knowledge you need to make a bramble basket from start to finish.
We’ll have have a roaring camp fire to keep us super cosy (plus a huge tarp on hand for cover in case we need it). There will be time set aside for connecting to the woodland surroundings, making the course a nourishing as well as a learning experience. Suitable for all levels, including beginners. Groups are kept small to allow for individual attention and a satisfying learning experience.
Totally fantastic. I made my first ever basket and feel confident about my ability to make another. I’m really inspired and feel enabled get my next basket project together! Ruby is so full of grace and knowledge and she imparts it in a such a super fun way. It really was a joy to attend this Bramble Basketmaking course. The camping at the venue was great too. Happy days. Thanks Ruby. Martin
Accommodation: camping is available at the farm venue and full details about this will be sent to you when you book on the course. The farm also has glamping options, including cosy bell tents and cabins, all with wood-burners.
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