Textile basketry – inspired by water life
Friday 8th June 2018, 9.30am-4pm

Join Mary Crabb for a one-day course exploring weird and wonderful microscopic aquatic lifeforms, inspired by a visit to our pond. Mary will teach the technique of twining to enable the making of a small textured woven pod. Twining involves the weaving of two threads using the fingertips, whilst the form is held in the hands.

Processes covered will include joining of threads, patterning and developing a form. Each pod will incorporate some natural fibres such as hemp, nettle or linen and makers will be encouraged to think about their use of colour and texture. This will result in each pod having its own unique qualities. At the end of the day, it is anticipated that each maker will have at least one completed pod and will have learnt some basic textile basketry skills.

£108 includes lunch, refreshments and all materials

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Some quotes from our 2017 course:

"Mary is a great teacher - lovely day!"

"Very inspiring!"

" A truly brilliant course - i'd love to come each week"


MARY CRABB is an award-winning contemporary basketmaker. She weaves small non-functional decorative objects often inspired by seeds, pods and natural forms. An interest in heritage, engineering and mathematical concepts influence her making. Line, structure and form are all important to Mary, as is the quality of her finished work.

Originally learning to make traditional willow baskets, an introduction to textile basketry and the suggestion to try some different materials took her making in a new direction. Working with fine flexible materials, Mary weaves using adapted traditional basketry techniques. She is intrigued by the connections between basketry and textiles. 

With a background in teaching and museum education, Mary is keen to take her basketry skills to new audiences and share her passion for making. She is a member of the Basketmakers association, a Yeoman Member of The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers and a short course tutor at West Dean College.

See http://www.marycrabb.co.uk/ for more on Mary.

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