Basketry: four techniques for beginners

Course Dates: 27/10/18 - 17/11/18
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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This course is a brief introduction to basketry, looking at four essential techniques: Twining, Stake and Strand, Plaiting and Stitching Braided Plaits. Suitable for beginner basketmakers and other makers wanting to explore basketry techniques.


What is the course about?

This short course is designed to give you a taste of possibilities but it will enable you to complete at least three small baskets demonstrating a variety of techniques. These could be used for fruit or bread rolls or as samples for future experiments/inspiration/projects etc.

What will we cover?

We will start with the truly ancient technique of twining with soft materials such as sisal, jute and rush, then checkweave plaiting in rush, paper or card. This will be followed by stake and strand in willow and we will finish by making plaits, or braids which can be stitched in a coil to make a vessel or mat.
On the way we will touch upon some simple borders.
There will be books images and samples of basketry to be seen each day.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Twine using soft materials
• Plait using flat materials such as card or rush
• Twine (pair) in willow
• Make braids/plaits suitable for handles or sewing in a coil to make baskets or mats
• Produce at least two suitable borders
• Identify how a variety of materials can be used in different ways.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is aimed at beginners and no prior experience is necessary.
It teaches basic skills and is also suitable to those who wish to revise basic skills and build up their knowledge of techniques.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion.
You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
Working with willow needs some hand-strength but alternatives could be found if necessary.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught by demonstrations, individual guidance, handouts, images, looking at samples and discussing your own and others' work.
No homework will be set but it would be very worthwhile if some repetition were done between sessions in order to consolidate and you will be encouraged to try out your own experiments and explorations.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Most materials will be provided and the college has tools for you to use in class.
A notebook and a camera would be useful to make notes and record your work in progress.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

There are other, more specialised basketry courses throughout the year in Willow and Rush, you could study VC174 Rush basketry or VC184 Contemporary willow basketry and the two-year City Lit Basketry Course will be starting again in September 2019.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.

General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details


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Course Code: VC230

Sat, day, 27 Oct - 17 Nov '18

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

Full fee: £209.00
Senior fee: £167.00
Concession: £127.00
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