14 - 15 April 2012
Framed baskets are some of the
most exciting baskets to construct in their freedom of design and
tradition of using fresh materials.
This weekend is suitable for
beginners or basket makers with some experience. It will start with a
short introduction to the history of framed basket making.
On the first day you will make a
simple framed basket with ribs such as a potato picker or egg
collecting basket. On the second, a Russian bilberry picker with roped
willow base and scallomed sides.
Framed or 'gypsy' baskets
are well suited to the use of 'green' materials and you will have the
chance to include some raw hedgerow materials such as honeysuckle and
bramble in your basket.
TUTOR : KEVIN BLOCKLEY has been an
archaeologist since 1970 and director of Cambrian Archaeological
Projects since 1992. He has had a long standing interest in basket
making and has sold and exhibited his work in the local area. He is
founder of the Old Chapel Farm Project.
Cost of course : £120 includes all
materials and lunches. It is possible to stay on
the farm or camp. See details under
Teaching times : 10 am
till 4 pm Sunday. It is possible to stay on the farm. Please see
accommodation for details.