We are now CLOSED for the season Reopening 1st June 2019, see you then!

In the meantime Season tickets for our 2019 season are now on sale for fabulous gifts- call us on 01273 495902 or email us morlandsfarm@btinternet.com to set the ball in motion.

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Events & Courses

Natural Coiled Basketry with Julie Rignell


Saturday 22nd September - Sunday 23rd September | 9:30am - 1:30pm

Natural Coiled Basketry with Julie Rignell

Natural Coiled Basketry   Saturday 22nd –  Sunday 23rd September 2018 9.30 am  – 1.30 pm

£95 including all tools and materials

Be inspired ! Capture the spirit of Sussex Prairie Garden and take it home as a basket!

In this workshop we will work with Sussex Prairie plant materials harvested in 2017/2018, alongside other materials to make beautiful ‘exposed core’  coiled baskets where the lovely natural colours of the dried plant material are highlighted. For colour junkies, dyed raffia and coloured linen threads will be available to introduce a shot of ‘flower power’.

Coiling is an ancient and traditional basketry technique used widely around the world to create both functional and ceremonial baskets. A plant fibre core is coiled and stitched together, with the kind of stitching used adding rhythm and extra pattern to the basket. Exposed core basketry lends itself to contemporary basketry and can be used to create sculptural forms as well as functional baskets.

We will cover the basics of identifying suitable plant material, harvesting, drying and storing plant fibres, preparing for coiling, shaping and stitching coiled baskets using three coiling stitches. Coiling is  a slow and meditative basketry technique so participants can expect to make one medium sized mat or a small basket over the weekend.

The course is suitable for beginners/improvers and the teaching will focus on contemporary applications of this ancient technique.

Tutor: Julie Rignell.

I am a former educator, art therapist and psychotherapist with a life long interest in plants , gardening and the natural environment. Always a maker and crafter, I settled on basketry while creating a riverside garden in Normandy where I started to make baskets with some of the plant material generated, rather than just composting or burning it! I recently qualified as a basketmaker via the City Lit and  am now a full time fibre artist and basketmaker, specialising in using non traditional plant fibres in my work.

To book a place or make further enquiries please contact juliesnaturalbaskets@gmail.com


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