Reed Mace Basketry
One and a half days
12/13 Oct 2019
Saturday 10.30am-4.30pm & Sunday 10.30am-1pm
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
Spend a day and a half in the woods making a basketry item of your choice, using foraged wild reed mace, Typha latifolia (often known as ‘bulrush’). It’s a lovely material to work with, and we’ll gather some of it on the day from the site. You’ll learn how to harvest, store and process this useful basketry plant. You’ll be guided through all stages of the making process to help you have a good understanding of the techniques.
There will be a range of sample baskets to hand to inspire you and help you decide what to make. With a day and a half at our disposal there will be time to get stuck into the making process. Guidance and tuition will be on hand to support you.
Beginners are welcome, and for those with some previous experience it’s a great opportunity to consolidate your existing skills. If you’ve previously worked with rush, you can expand your knowledge with this easily-foraged material that is similar to weave with.
Ruby, thank you for such a wonderful workshop. I thought it would be something special I could share with my sister, and it was even lovelier than I had hoped. Jane, Brighton
Time will be set aside for connecting to the woodland surroundings, making the course a nourishing as well as a learning experience.
Suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience. Groups are kept small to allow for individual attention and a satisfying learning experience.
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.