CORDAGE & WEAVING WITH PLANTS
1 Day Workshop
A one day introduction to cordage and weaving with foraged plants. This workshop will take place at Wrongs Covert Woodland Restoration Project in Lenwade, Norfolk. You will have the opportunity to identify and forage for a variety of plants that are useful materials to weave as cordage, in the magical working environment of a working coppice and ancient wet woodland.
Though the material you weave will be different the tools and technique remain the same. You will learn to identify wild plants, prepare them as cordage for weaving and learn about the most useful tools to work with. You will be instructed in three of the most essential weaving techniques 'pairing', 'randing' and the 'three rod wale', which you will use to make a small basket for collecting foraged fruit or fungi.
Depending on the time of year, you will be able to gather dogwood, rush, sedge, nettle, bramble or Holly to weave with.
Lunch will be prepared and cooked on the open fire in the beautiful setting of the wood.
Wrongs Covert Woodland Restoration Project. 25 acre woodland near along the River Wensum 12 miles NW of Norwich, near Lenwade In East Anglia, UK.
£75 for one day, which includes all the materials. Numbers will be limited to 6.
1-1 tutoring would be charged at £75 per 3 hour session or £110 for the day.
The history of willow weaving in Britain goes back to about 150 BC. Willow was extensively used for basket making, fencing, as building material for houses and as river side or harbour revetments. It is one of the most flexible green woods when coppiced regularly.
The introduction of plastics in the early part of the 20th century, was responsible for a demise in the use of willow. However in recent years, there has been a revival of interest in rural crafts and a new appreciation of craftsmanship and an aesthetic appreciation for woven materials in the home and garden.
Willow is fast growing, there are hundreds of different varieties for different uses; they come in a diverse range of colours and thickness and are effective as flood defences alongside riverbanks. Willow is now considered a renewable energy source and the demand for the material has been increasing. Willow has also become a popular material with artists who create large scale sculptures, installations and living willow structures.