Coiled basketry, using rope and string with Mary Crabb

Basketmaking, chair seating and willow work

Ref: S1D11878

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About this course

Learn the basics of coiled basketry, working with rope or string. Stitch and wrap with a range of colourful threads and yarns to create a coiled form.

Course Description

Learn the basic techniques of coiled basketry on this one day course. Coiled baskets are formed with the use of a core and a sewing material. The stitches can be varied and incorporate wraps. Variations in stitch and material can add texture and pattern to the surface, with the addition of a colour the two can combine with great effect.

Skills taught will include beginning, wrapping, simple stitching, joining of threads and finishing. You will be working with a range of colourful threads and yarns around a rope or string core to create a patterned coiled piece. By experimenting with the laying of the core, you will be able to dictate the form your work takes.

Coiling is a slow process, so you should expect to make a small sample. This could take the form of a small vessel or could be more free form. Mary will demonstrate techniques, provide visual notes and offer individual support to enable you to create your own unique piece of coiled basketry.


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.

What students need to bring

  • Any examples/images of coiled structures would be useful.
  • A notebook or sketchbook for recording any additional information.
  • A camera may also be useful for recording.
  • Reading glasses are advisable if you need them for close up work.
  • The tutor will provide all the tools and materials required for the workshop, however, you are welcome to bring any of the following, and if suitable they could be used in your work:
  • Thread, wools, string, rope and cords, in a selection of colours and textures.
  • Large eyed needles, metal and plastic.
  • Essential - wear sturdy covered shoes in the workshop.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A selection of needles
  • Office string and upholstery twine
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toed shoes or sandals.


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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