23. October 2019 - 10:00 till 12:30
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Baskets, Naturally | Belconnen Arts Centre | Wednesday, 23. October 2019

Baskets, NaturallyWith Janet Meaney
Wednesday 10am-12:30pm
23 October – 27 November 2019
This workshop introduces participants to two basket making processes in depth. The first, coiled basketry, wraps and stitches a bundle of core material into a spiral to form a vessel. The second process, twining, combines two sets of elements; a series of stakes with rows of weaving in a softer material.
Week 1 (23 October)Introduction to basket makingLearning the steps to making a basket. Making a bundle out of cordyline; creating a centre; stitching the coil with spiral stitch; adding in. These steps will allow you to continue working during the week leading up to and during the next session at your own pace. Notes and diagrams of this process will be provided.
Week 2 (30 October)Spiral coiling and shapingDiscussion of other stitches and approaches that produce a different look. Introduction to blanket stitch for those wanting to extend their options. Encouragement of research into the work of other basket makers and their methodology.
Week 3 (6 November)Stitch variationsExperiment with some stitch variations and try some alternative materials.
Week 4 (13 November)FinishingLook at finishing techniques and discuss and plan the addition of handles.
Week 5 (20 November)Getting started with twiningSet up your stakes and begin twining a small basket.
Week 6 (27 November)Twining and string makingFinishing your basket with string handles. Where to from here? Perhaps marketing and exhibiting!
All materials will be provided. Please note, enrolment closes one week prior to the first workshop.
Terms and conditions

Refunds are available if requested at least one week (7 days) prior to the commencement of the workshop(s).
Refunds requested within one week (7 days) of the commencement of the workshop(s) are only available in exceptional circumstances and must be supported by documentation (i.e. medical certificate).
No refunds will be given after the commencement of the workshop(s).
Partial refunds are not available if you are unable to attend individual workshops that are part of a workshop series.

More info
Please contact Belconnen Arts Centre via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.
Image in header: work by Janet Meaney.