Weave your very own bespoke rush bag with Rachel Frost
This is a wonderful opportunity to make your own personal woven rush bag in a day, using the native common bulrush (Scirpus Lacustris). Working on wooden blocks, you will learn how to weave this pliable supple material using techniques common to basketry, to create a unique bag to use and treasure.
These are lovely 'hands on and very tactile' courses using natural rush which is harvested by hand from the various special waterways of England such as the Fenns that are slow moving and perfect as a rush habitat. Each is carefully cut and gathered to bolts that are dried in the sunshine and air alongside hedges by the river. The process is an entirely natural one and there are no chemicals used in the rush harvesting process.
9.30 - 5pm
£75 Lunch included
Material Charges from approx £15
Wed 23rd June 2021 (this is a Covid rescheduled date & already with 2020 students) or Thur 24th June 2021 - a brand new date
Kindly note there will be a materials charge payable directly to the tutor on the day, from approx £15 upwards depending on the item made... Typically this course runs with 8 students. Suitable for beginners / Ints. Please note that this workshop will take place in a first floor studio up a flight of stairs.
Please bring: Your materials money and an apron to protect your clothes.
About the Artist.Rachel works in a variety of mediums and disciplines, focusing on the reproduction of historic and traditional crafts. She specialises in the making of traditionally felted hats and the weaving of baskets. Her work can be found in museums and private collections worldwide. In 2009 she received the Janet Arnold Award for costume study and has twice received the South of Scotland VACMA award for her hat business. She is a member of the Incorporation of hat makers and dyers in Edinburgh.
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