Stitched Basket Workshop Wed 20th July 10 - 1pm
Utilizing plant fibres to create something useful is not only immensely satisfying but it nurtures our connection with the environment, stimulating us to view plants in new ways. Basket weaving is one of oldest known crafts and the technique of ‘coiling and stitching’ fibres together to create a basket is still common in many cultures across the globe. Learning to coil a basket, provides us with a link and an insight in a tactile way to a depth of knowledge of plant fibres and methods of using them which have been passed down through generations for thousands of years.
In this workshop, learn how to create a stitched and coiled basket using locally gathered plant fibres.
Choose from a variety of plant fibres to form the ‘core’ of the basket, which is then ‘coiled and stitched’ together with hemp twine. Step by step guidance will be offered in material preparation, starting the coil, stitching method, shaping and finishing your basket. The day will include a wander through the park to identify suitable plants for weaving, as well as discussion on the history of traditional and contemporary basket making.
Wednesday 20th July 10am -1pm
at Community Connect, 2, Otway st, Lorne
What to bring:
an old towel,
a water spray bottle
scissors; large for cutting plant fibres & small for cutting threads.
Darning needles will be provided