Twining, as this method of basket making is referred to as, is made up of two stages – building an open ribbed basket structure of somewhat rigid stakes and the twisting and weaving (twining) of two strands of flexible material between the stakes to fill the gaps.
Notes will be provided explaining the processes, including preparation of materials and you will set up your stakes and begin twining a small basket.
This workshop is inclusive of all methods, materials and abilities so if you have an existing project or are using a different method or material that you prefer, bring it along and Janet will help you work towards completion and/or encourage you to experiment.
DATE: Sunday February 21
TIME: 9.30am - 4pm
TUITION FEE: $130 members, $150 non members
EQUIPMENT: All material will be provided in class including some plastics and recyclables, but for your personal reference here is a list of materials and sources.
Cane and raffia are easily manipulated materials for beginners.
Cane - 4mm is a good diameter– Speedy School Supplies
Raffia - Capital Flowers, Oaks Estate, Floristry wholesalers
Natural materials - may be readily available in your own garden and or neighbours’ with permission. Be Aware that it is illegal to cut or remove plants or plant materials from Parks and Gardens without written permission from the appropriate Environmental Protection Agency.
Bull rushes and Vines such as Wisteria are suitable for use as stakes and are readily available in gardens.
Grasses and Leaves such as Lomandra, Dianella, NZ Flax, Red Hot Poker, Iris, Watsonia and others are good for twining / filling the spaces between the stakes and you will learn to identify, choose and treat them according to the desired strength, colour and texture required for your basket.
WARNING: you will never look at grass in the same way ever again.
Please also bring:
Coffee and tea provided. Bring your own lunch, or lunch items are available at nearby shops.