Basketry: cordage, simple looping and netting
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VC255
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
You will learn to make two-ply cordage from a wide range of materials: some traditional basketry ones and others less familiar. There will be encouragement to experiment. These cords will be used for simple looping and fixed-knot netting.
We will also consider their use for lashings and bindings.
What will we cover?
• Two, three and possibly more-plying of natural and unnatural materials and the necessary preparation/processing of these materials.
• Simple looping and fixed-knot netting will be taught with an end to making string bags or other vessels.
• Bindings and lashings for the tops of baskets will be considered.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Make lengths of cordage in a number of materials.
• Select and prepare suitable materials.
• Make samples of looping and fixed-knot netting
• Make a looped or knotted vessel from your own cordage
Students with some basketry experience might like to incorporate their cords in to their own baskets as weaving elements, lashing, sandwich-and-sew threads.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels. There will be no heavy work, but you need to be able to use both hands.
There will be few written instructions, but you should be able to understand diagrams.
All handouts and course information can be accessed via our Google classroom eLearning portal.
Details on how you can login will be sent to you prior to the start date.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Demonstrations, samples to study, handouts and images are part of the teaching methods used in the course.
You will not be given homework after each session however, you will benefit from practicing the techniques at home.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There will be no extra costs but you are encouraged to bring in materials you think are suitable for making cordage.
A note book and your mobile phone camera would be useful to record your progress on the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers a range of Basketry short courses covering techniques such as willow, plaiting and other Contemporary Crafts for beginners, advanced learners to professional practitioners.
Please browse the website for upcoming classes.
John was introduced to basketry by a Crafts Council exhibition in 1999, where he was impressed enough to undertake a four-year City & Guilds course in creative basketry at the City Lit. This has transmogrified into the two-year VA190 course John now runs and teaches on. John's specialty is rushwork but he is comfortable with other materials and techniques and encourages experimental work following sound and basic groundwork. John believes that craft work is an essential human occupation. When not teaching basketry John repairs harps.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.