I’m a workshop addict; it’s fun learning new ways to make things. I haven’t done one in a while so when I saw the opportunity to join a workshop using upcycled materials and basket weaving techniques; I signed up; as you do.
What appealed to me most about this workshop was the use of recycled materials like fabrics and wool to create a woven platter or basket. I have a vast collection of fabric and yarn and twine from my dressmaking and soft “sculpture” phase. This class seemed like a great way to combine the use of these upcycled materials, my love of colour and learn a new skill.
An enthusiastic group gathered at Little Lane Workshops for a pre-workshop glass of bubbles; then dived into learning weaving techniques guided by Ruth Wood of Craft School Oz. Ruth’s weaving has many influences including indigenous weavers in remote Australia and South East Asia. Her platter made from the fabric of a leg of black pair of jeans inspired to me to join the course.
The afternoon workshop wasn’t enough time to complete my project, but it has certainly given me the necessary skills to make a platter or a small basket.
I did go on to finish my mat; not bad for the first attempt and this is a craft I’ll continue to do. The process was relaxing and creative.