Basketmaking, chair seating and willow work

Textile basketry – bases, warps and borders with Mary Crabb

Ref: S1D10323


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About this course

Improve your baskets and focus on new technique and ideas, as you are guided you to create a range of samples for future use in the design and making of twined basketry forms.

Course Description

Using a limited range of materials, the focus will be on understanding the techniques of twined basketry. Starting with a selection of sample bases, you will consider the limitations of the base designs in terms of the materials; conversations and discussions will be encouraged.

The tutor will demonstrate and share techniques for inserting warp threads and how the insertion, increase and decrease of warps will influence the form. To follow, there will be opportunities to sample borders. She will also provide visual notes and offer individual support to enable you to make a range of samples. These may include bases, borders and techniques for inserting warps.

The course is intended for those who have some experience of willow basketry or twining and would like to work with fine flexible, soft materials. If appropriate, you might like to bring a piece of unresolved twining to discuss the possibilities for finishing.

Please note, the work is small and twining can be tiring on the hands; please consider this before booking.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of providing materials shared amongst the group.
  • Materials and equipment provided by the tutor are:
  • Thread, twines, wools and cottons in a selection of colours and textures
  • Scissors, a pair suitable for cutting string and twine, and a finer pair for threads
  • Large eyed needles, metal and plastic
  • Tape measures, rulers, masking tape, pencil, rubber

What students need to bring

  • Please bring any of the above equipment if you prefer to use your own
  • A notebook or sketch book for recording any additional information
  • Reading glasses are advisable if you need them for close up work
  • A camera may be useful for recording your work
  • Please bring examples of twined basketry if you have any

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A range of needles.
Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for a workshop environment. Asthma and hay fever suffers are recommended to bring their medication as occasionally the fibres from some threads and strings may bring on symptoms.


Mary Crabb

Mary Crabb is an award-winning contemporary basketmaker. Having originally worked in willow, Mary now works with fine flexible materials, both natural and man-made, to create small, detailed and decorative woven forms exploring the connection between basketry and textiles.

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