Harriet teaches a range of basket weaving workshops for individuals, groups and conferences both in Australia and internationally.
All current studio workshop dates are listed and can be booked in the SHOP. CLICK HERE TO BOOK A WORKSHOP
You can also tailor private or group workshops to suit your needs – Harriet will forage, dye and prepare all weaving materials, bring comprehensive notes, tools and most importantly, snacks! For a workshop overview with pricing please email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the enquiry form at the bottom of the page. You can select from the workshop techniques below.
We will use the basic contemporary technique of free-form or random weaving to make a pod like shape out of hand-dyed rattan. Student have the option to extend the pod into a sculptural shape. To finish we will ‘fill’ or decorate using foraged plants and flexible fibres.
Fish Trap Style Basket (Windowpane Twining)
Students choose soft or hard fibres to create a fish-trap inspired sculptural basket with open weave or windowpane twining. The class will start with string making or ‘cordage’ by hand from leaves or raffia which can then be used to hang their fish trap basket.
Palm Pods (Random Weaving)
Take Random Weaving to the next level Harriet will guide you to create a delicate pear shaped sculpture using only the textured flower stalks of the palm tree. Suitable for beginners but less tricky for those with some weaving experience!
Looped String Bags (Knotless Netting)
Starting off by learning how to make cordage using harvested plant fibres, Harriet will then demonstrate how to turn the cord into looped structures which can be wrapped around a form – or even a stone! You will learn up to three stitches increasing in difficulty which you can use to make soft string bags or pouches in the style of stretchy ‘billums’ or use with wire to create hard looped structures.
Backpack or Bike Basket (Randing & Waling)
Using rattan you will weave an oval basket which can be used as a shopper, bike basket, backpack, or plant hanger. Students will learn a natural dye process to stain the basket to a shade of grey/charcoal. Each student will have a choice of tan or coloured pre-cut straps and learn some basic leatherwork techniques to make riveted or stitched handles.
Harriet will show you how to construct a woven tunnel or dome in your garden made from willow which will grow leaves in summer and be bare in winter. Note: This workshop is possible only in Spring and you will need an open area away from buildings, soft ground and be prepared to care for your structure in the future.
Harriet will demonstrate coiling techniques shown to her by Indigenous artists from the Top End in the Northern Territory and using various soft fibres you will make a small coiled bowl.
Gift of the Heart
Perfect for bridal parties and lovers of love. In this class you will not only learn to random weave but make a gorgeous woven heart to take home which you can fill with fairy lights or hang at your special celebration.
Upcoming Retreats, Intensives & Away Games
Sturt Craft Centre – Summer School 2017
Harriet will, once again, be teaching this 5-day intensive at Mittagong, NSW. The class will be project-based and focus on traditional Stake & Strand weaving and introduce techniques such as French Randing, Paired Twining and Three-rod wale using locally harvest willow and rattan. Students will learn techniques to naturally dye their material and finish the baskets with handmade leather straps.
Contact Tracey Mitchell at Sturt to be placed on the pre-release list for this class.
BALI CREATIVE RETREAT – 19 March 2018
An immersive retreat over several days in a beautiful Ubud resort, learning traditional and contemporary craft while enjoying Balinese culture.
Please register your interest for the 2018 retreat with Natalie email – Bleu2@bigpond.com
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