We are delighted to announce an exciting new 2 day course to learn the skills of working with Esparto grass to make a beautiful plaited basket. The tutors are Dirk and Kathy Driver who have many years of experience of working with this fantastic material.
Esparto grass is a Mediterranean plant which has been used to make all kinds of objects since prehistoric times. It’s latin name Stipa Tenacissima means ‘very resistant’ and baskets made from Esparto are very strong and hardwearing. This basket can be made by complete beginner basketmakers, however if you are an improving basketmaker there are a wealth of skills to learn during the making of this basket. These skills have been handed down through generations and the skills you will learn will be transferrable to many materials which you can gather for free locally such as reeds and garden materials.
Day one: Weaving with 11 bundles and plaiting, weaving with 3 strands for sewing. Starting the weaving plait.
Day two: Principles of sewing the basket together and making handles. Decorative extras.
Date: Sunday 15th October and Saturday 18th November 2017 (There will be some plaiting homework in between!)
Time: 10 am till 4pm approximately
Cost: £140 for the 2 days including homemade refreshments