Creative Basketry

When and Where

22 Sep 2020 - 20 Oct 2020 (15 hours, 5 weeks)
Days and times
Tuesday 18:00 - 21:00
Waterloo Centre


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee now part of Concession fee

Quick Facts

This course is full. Register or log in to join the waiting list.
Stella Harding
Course code

What you will learn

This course offers a creative, experimental approach to contemporary basketry through the exploration of different weaving techniques such as coiling, check-weave, twining and random weave, in order to create unique functional containers or sculptural forms. A variety of organic, processed and recycled materials (not including willow) will be available, enabling students to design with colour, pattern, texture and surface decoration. The tutor will provide inspirational imagery, books and samples of creative, contemporary basketry to stimulate openness to new ideas. Beginners are welcome, no previous experience is necessary, however those who are experienced, are encouraged to develop skill and creative expression further.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • select, prepare and combine different materials
  • start, shape and finish different forms
  • Apply colour, pattern, texture and/or surface decoration as appropriate

Class format and activities

There will be discussion and detailed observation of samples of different materials, techniques and forms of basketry. Following verbal explanation and demonstration by the tutor, students will be encouraged and supported in designing and making their own functional, decorative or sculptural forms. This will involve: the selection, preparation and calculation of different materials (including dyeing material using chemical dyes when appropriate), making different bases or starts, learning different weaves to create form, pattern or texture, applying functional or decorative features such as handles or lashings and applying finishing techniques such as borders or lids. Students will be expected to work together sharing ideas, tasks and information.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for beginners and improvers, no previous experience of basketry is necessary

What you need to know before you enrol

Students will be expected to follow physical distancing guidance. There is a reduced course maximum of students in the studio which has been adapted to facilitate a Covid safe learning environment. Students are asked to bring an old shirt or lab coat to wear in the studio, to remove and wash between sessions. A small personal hand towel is also required. Before and after using any shared equipment, students will be asked to wash their hands. We strongly advise that you also bring and wear a face protector.
Basketry generally, and some techniques and materials in particular, require a good level of manual dexterity and stamina. The textile studio is on the first floor and there is disabled access via lift and stair lift. Contact the department on 0207 450 1934 if you have mobility issues.

What you will need for your class

A note book and pen or camera to record information and progress. An apron to protect clothing. Sensible work clothing and footwear (i.e. no trailing scarves or dangling jewellery or open toe sandals). A large bag to take home work in progress.

What you can do next

You can enrol for further basketry evening, weekend or summer school courses to develop your skills or try different techniques and materials.