I'm home now after a great trip northwards - first to Sandown on the Isle of Wight (above) then onwards up to Perthshire in Scotland to teach for the Scottish Basketmakers' Circle's autumn meeting and then on to teach for the Northumberland Basketmakers in Hepple - whose workshop will be in my next blog post.
In the beautiful surroundings of Kindrogan Field Studies Centre (below) my class was one of three and I decided to teach an open ended class 'Bundlesticks and Freecoiling'. Participants gathered a variety of local materials and combining these with willow and rush brought in, we explored a variety of fibre preparation processes, cordage making techniques and twining structures that lead to a fantastic atmosphere focused on learning specific traditional techniques but with open ended outcomes depending on the participants wishes.
Everyone was keen to learn the finer points of palm binding cordage and mastering the ever challenging cranking of willow to make two and three ply willow ropes - so useful for the making of beautiful handles in traditional willow baskets. Makers went away with a variety of small baskets, weaving samplers, clews of cordage and bundles of materials to carry on with projects and explorations at home. Thankyou to everyone who made the event so enjoyable both from the SBC and Kindrogan staff.