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Plas Tan y Bwlch

Textile Basketry- Woven Forms

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Course Number: J1004

Date: 19 October to 21 October 2018

Price: £219 - £238

Course Leader/s:

Mary Crabb


This introductory course provides an opportunity to explore and experiment with the technique of twining, with the aim of creating a range of woven forms; from small baskets, to pods and pockets. Twining requires the weaving of an active element around a passive warp. Worked in the hands, twining makes connections between traditional basketry and textiles. Weaving with a range of natural and man-made materials, there will be an opportunities to learn the technique and experiment with colours, patterns and textures. Mary will demonstrate the technique, provide visual notes and offer individual support to enable you to create your own unique woven forms.  A suitable course for anyone with an interest in textiles or basketry, beginners, more experienced and returning students are most welcome.

What to bring:

Mary will bring the following range of materials and tools with her for students to use and borrow.

Thread, wools, string, paper yarns, twine and cords in a selection of colours and textures.

Scissors, a pair suitable for cutting string and twine, and a finer pair for threads.

Large eyed needles, metal and plastic.

If you would like to bring any of the above for your own use, then please do. Mary will provide information sheets to support the learning of the techniques, but you might want to bring a notebook, sketchbook and pencil for additional notes. A camera can also be useful for recording details. Please bring your reading glasses if you need them for close work.


16.30    Arrive and registration
18.30    Dinner
19.30    Introduction – brief outline of course.
Learn the basics of twining. Weave a small round motif.

08.15    Breakfast
09.30 Using the introduction to the technique from the previous evening, weave a small pod form. Work with a range of yarns of different thicknesses and textures.
12.30    Lunch
13.30 By introducing addition warp threads learn how to weave a wider, open form, which could become a small basket. Learn how to add pattern to the weave.
18.30    Dinner
19.30    A more informal teaching session, with the opportunity to continue working on woven forms. Mary will bring some of her work talk about and share with the group.

09.30    Learn how to weave a pocket for a small object, such as a pebble.
Develop ideas from the three forms to work on your own woven form; alternatively, Mary will make suggestions on how to extend your work.
12.30    Lunch
13.30    Continue working on pods, baskets and pocket forms.
15.30    Course ends

Course taught through the medium of English