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BA Autumn School 2022 – English Rush Lidded Workbasket

By Jane Bradley
The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanick, Alfreston, Derbyshire, DE55 1AU

Jane is a basketmaker living and working in South Lakeland. Her interest in basketry began when she was taught how to make Maori baskets in New Zealand and she has been weaving ever since. Her design for a rush bag was awarded first prize in 2014 for the Basket of the Year competition, organised by the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers.

On this course you will learn how to design and make a rush basket with a pleasing fitted lid. The design is based on a rush workbasket that my grandmother kept her sewing in.

There will be lots of time to make the round lidded workbasket and then maybe experiment with other beginnings and endings of rush baskets. The rush that will be used has been collected by me in Somerset and it is soft and subtly colourful with all ranges of green and brown. The colours will slowly fade over the years so now is the chance to come and make your own heirloom!

All equipment is provided, including the moulds which we will be working around.

Suitable for all levels

Material cost – £10

Fully residential course.  All students will be accommodated in single rooms with en suite bathrooms.

Registration will take place on Friday, 9 September at 17:00 and the course will finish at 17:00 on Sunday, 11 September.

There are three bursaries of £150 available to help with the cost of the course.  Members with two years’ continuous membership are eligible to apply. Please click here for more information.