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Basket Weaving – Stitched & Coiled

stitched and coiled basket

Learn the ancient craft of stitched and coiled basket making with Caroline Hawkins

This 5-hr workshop runs on the following dates in 2023:

Sat 22 Apr / Sun 6 Aug / Sun 29 Oct

from $103 | 1/2 day

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Utilising plant fibres to create something useful is not only immensely satisfying but it nurtures our connection with the environment, stimulating us to view plants in new ways.

Basket weaving is one of the oldest known crafts and the technique of ‘coiling and stitching’ fibres together to create a basket is still common in many cultures across the globe. Learning to coil a basket, provides us with a link and an insight in a tactile way to a depth of knowledge of plant fibres and methods of using them which have been passed down through generations for thousands of years.

In this workshop, you will learn how to create a stitched and coiled basket using locally gathered plant fibres. Step-by-step guidance will be offered in material preparation, starting the coil, stitching method, shaping and finishing your basket.

The day will include a wander through the park to identify suitable plants for weaving, as well as a discussion on the history of traditional and contemporary basket making.

Note: We recommend Basket Weaving – Stitched & Coiled for beginners and Basket Weaving – Twined for those further developing their skills.

Caroline Hawkins is a sculptural fibre artist, basket weaver and tutor, based on the Surfcoast.
Trained in 3D design in London, she has been creating and teaching art for 30 years.
A fascination for weaving with natural materials threads a common theme through Caroline’s work which she harvests from her surrounding environment. Development opportunities have included learning from indigenous weavers and several overseas trips to learn basket weaving from other cultures. Often to discover that weaving methods are similar across cultures, except the materials vary as they relate to what’s available locally.
She is passionate about sharing her knowledge with others, believing that practicing art and crafts can form an important part of person’s identity and support their wellbeing.

What you will learn

  • The ancient craft of basketry
  • How to create a stitched and coiled basket using locally gathered plant fibre
  • How to identify, select, gather and prepare plant fibres for weaving

What you will get

  • Take home your own handwoven beautiful and functional basket/work of art

What to bring

  • An old towel, sturdy garden scissors, a water spray bottle and a sunhat.
    (Darning needles provided.)

What to wear

Casual, comfortable clothes

CERES reserves the right to cancel workshops due to insufficient numbers.

If we cancel the workshop you will be entitled to a 100% refund, or you may choose to transfer to another date, subject to availability.
If you decide to withdraw 7 or more days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain a 10% administration fee.
If you decide to withdraw less than 7 days prior to the workshop date CERES will retain 100% of your workshop fee.

Should CERES have to cancel the course due to Government changes relating to the COVD-19 response, we will let you know as soon as possible. Affected participants will be sent a notification that includes details on how to re-book another date or workshop. While cancellations on our part remain refundable within the specified time period, we do hope you will consider bearing with us in these precarious and trying times, and consider the rescheduled date where possible.

Here are a few photos from a previous workshop – see what you could make!

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