Garlic Basket Workshop
This design utilizes the naturally curved ends of cordyline australis for the base and as a structural frame to twine around.
The garlic basket is made by 'twining' a pair of 'weavers' around a framework of cordyline leaves with a selection of natural plant fibres to use as weaving materials.
Commencing with instruction in how to make cordage as a basis for understanding the 'twining' method, in this workshop, you will learn:
*Which plant fibres to use and how to prepare them
*How to 'twine' around the frame
*How to form the opening
*How to finish your basket
Not a fan of garlic? The beauty of this design is that it can quite readily be adapted into a fish instead!
I acknowledge my teacher, basketmaker Joy Beeby for teaching me this method, which is most certainly an Australian design, popularised by Victorian basketmakers.
What to bring: An old towel, a peg, sturdy garden scissors, a water spray bottle, a darning needle and a waterproof bag for taking home your damp towel.
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