On Sunday I attended a workshop delivered by Ruby from Native Hands nativehands.co.uk.

We learnt how to make a coiled basket using grass as the material. All materials and tools were provided. The materials are grasses that are easily cropped when the meadow grass is high in the summer.

The grass coil was provided as this is a process that takes time and skill so we were given a head start….they look like the curled head of ferns

A tail of grass is then sown into place using a large semi blunt needle and some hemp twine. The making process was very enjoyable and depending on how much grass used reasonably easy. At the end it was evident that some students had used larger coils of grass and we had all a very unique final outcome

The lower basket is mine and I chose to tie in the full ‘tail’ as a finish a double stitch and weave through the main basket was the final method for securing the basket. The workshop lasted for a very pleasurable 6 hours and this might not seem a very functional basket, more a bowl. However I feel as though I could really get to grips with the process and make something taller or larger , I think a particular function ie egg basket or hat or fruit bowl would be a good challenge. Just need to find some materials , one student suggested that a bale of hay might do the trick so…we shall see

The other exciting discovery for me was the tutor showed me a Romney Marsh basket from one of her reference books

I can feel the next project taking shape!,,,

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Coiled baskets workshop at Towner Art Gallery Eastbourne

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