Above - stitching a braided rush mat during a workshop in Fessenheim, Alsace, France, June 2014
I've been adding some upcoming workshops to my Workshops and Events page, following on from my recent post about the January twining workshop at the Odense Aftenskole I'll be teaching a couple of braiding workshops at the Museu de la Pauma in Mas de Barberans on the 1st of November and a longer more in depth workshop at West Dean College near Chichester from the 22nd to 25th January. Gathering inspiration from traditional English rush Frails and the Palm and Esparto braiding techniques of Spain I have been exploring lots of variations, patterns and textures created by combining different bundle numbers and material combinations. Expect to get to grips with 5s, 7s and 9s before you then then stitch together your own baskets and pockets.
Above and below: participants in my rush braiding workshop at the basketry festival and market in Bouxurulles, France, May 2014
Above and below: Braiders by the sea! - Weaving by the Sea 2014, Vilanova i la Geltru, Spain.