Learn how to make mats and small baskets from English rush. Glimpse the beauty, flexibility and exciting possibilities of working with rush.
Starting with the basic techniques of making a tablemat, you will then develop those techniques to make a small basket. There will be a discussion on the harvesting, drying and preparation of the rush to gain the best from the material, alongside an introduction to the way the tutor harvests her own rush in Bedfordshire. Anticipate completing these two small pieces during the day.
Celebrating our 50th Anniversary – learn a traditional skill with a selection of courses focusing on heritage crafts and inspired by original 1970s subjects.
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
Felicity's life with English bulrush began in 1992 and it has become a true passion. Rush Matters is her business name. She harvests about 2500 bolts of rush each summer for 6 weeks. Once dry she makes a range of designs from hats, bags, cushions, shoes and baskets. She is very well known for her rush floor matting, working for many interior designers, architects, the film industry and the National Trust. She work with shops in the UK and exports to the USA, France Holland, Belgium, Australia and Japan. Her teaching has taken her to Denmark and Holland.