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Fitched Waste Paper Basket with Francois Desplances

By Sue Kirk
Old Brewery Studios, 51-53 West Street, King's Cliffe, Peterborough PE8 6XB, UK

Cost £250 includes materials, 9.30- 4.30pm (8 students)

This course is suitable for advanced and intermediate students with experience with knife work, not suitable for beginners.

Learn how to make this beautiful traditional French basket from the book published by Ecole Nationale de Vannerie, ‘La Vannerie l’Osier’ edited by Dominique Gueniot, a must have for all basketmakers addicted to French basketry patterns! This fitched basket requires skill, patience and strength. Francois is expert at weaving in this style, he will teach you how to create a base using a pre-formed hoop (26cm in diameter). Attach scalloms to your hoop and weave several rows of fitching up the sides of your basket, practicing the art of increasing the diameter of your basket as you work up to around 37cm in height. Finish with a rod border and rope handles made using cranked willow rods. A perfect course for experienced makers who wish to further their knowledge of French basketry techniques.