Looped Cordage Bags
16/17 June 2018
10.30am-4.30pm each day
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
Making a looped (or knotless netted) bag is one of the best uses for cordage, and there’s archaeological evidence that our ancient hunter-gatherer ancestors did the same. If you’ve ever had a go at making cordage you’ll know what a satisfying experience that is. But people often wonder what to then use it for. Come and make your own, really useful and beautiful bag: to hold and carry your water bottle, or your phone, or to take out on foraging trips etc.
I’m very pleased to be offering this as a new course for 2018, and as a development from the Wild Cordage (string) course.
We’ll forage and prep native plant fibres on the day (probably bramble). With two days available there’ll be time to process all your fibres and sink into the rhythm of twining your cordage and looping it into a bag. A variety of looping techniques will be shown, depending on which type of bag you decide to make.
Guidance and tuition will be on hand to support you through all the stages of the making process, and there will be a range of sample baskets to handle. You’ll leave knowing all you need to make a looped cordage bag from start to finish.
This course is suitable for people who’ve had a go at making cordage before, or for beginners who have good hand skills. If you’re a complete beginner, the Wild Cordage Day course in May is a good introduction and starting point.
Places are limited to 10 participants to ensure individual attention. Some time will be set aside for connecting to the woodland surroundings, making the weekend a nourishing as well as a learning experience.
Being absorbed in such a beautiful activity in a beautiful place was very enriching and exactly what I needed. Thank you for making it so. JB
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- cosy bell tents and cabins with wood-burners.
Please note that the cost of staying at the farm isn’t included in the cost of the course.