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Live online course – Small-scale twined baskets with Mary Crabb

Ref: SCW10572

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About this course

Learn how to twine as you make one or two small-scale twined baskets. Woven with paper yarn in a variety of colours incorporate a pattern and a simple border in your basket. Delivered in a live session via Zoom on the dates shown.

Course Description

Includes posted materials kit - booking open until 11am on Friday 27 November to allow time for you materials kit to arrive. Currently, these can only be mailed to mainland UK addresses.

Learn the technique of twining, making a connection with both basketry and textiles, to make a small basket. Twining requires the weaving of an active element around a passive warp, using your hands and a few simple tools. Basics of joining in new threads, changing colours and weaving a simple pattern will be covered. You will work on one simple form.

Woven in paper yarn, in a range of colours, you will expereince weaving a bundled base, either concave to stand or convex to hang, and straight sides. The basket will be finished with a simple border. To make your basket individual, the colours can be varied and a simple pattern woven in.
The tutor will demonstrate techniques, provide visual notes and offer individual support to enable you to create your own small-scale basket. A suitable day for beginners with no experience of twined basketry. Please note, the work is small and twining can be tiring on the hands, so please consider this before booking.


DAILY TIMETABLE
09.00 – 09.15 All students to join via Zoom
09.15 – 10.45 Introductions, H&S, teaching and demonstrations, Q+A followed by independent study with tutor support
10.45 – 11.00 Break
11.00 – 12.45 Teaching, Q+A followed by Independent study, with tutor support
12.45 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.45 Teaching, Q+A, Independent study with tutor support
15.45 – 16.00 Break
16.00 – 17.00 Plenary and next steps
 

Course Materials

Included

A materials pack which will be mailed to you on confirmation of your booking, to arrive in time for the course. Currently, these can only be mailed to mainland UK addresses. 

What students need to bring

Please read and familiarise yourself with the the Zoom joining instructions emailed to you with your course confirmation before the course starts. Be ready to start at 9am on the day with your computer set up and ready as detailed in the guidance notes emailed to you with your booking confirmation.
It is also useful to have the following close to hand – a secondary device to join via the Zoom link is recommended if possible to assist sharing your work in progress during the day (eg a smartphone with in-built camera or ipad/tablet)

You will also need to have:
A clear table to work on (remember to protect the surface, if necessary).
Scissors, a pair suitable for cutting thicker paper yarn, and a finer pair
Tape measure and 30cm ruler 
A bulldog clip or peg 
Any additional yarns or threads you have to hand, which will add some variety to make your basket unique, e.g. paper, cotton, wool, jute, linen, nettle etc. only small quantities are necessary, but not essential.
A notebook or sketchbook for recording any additional information.
Reading glasses are advisable if you need them for close up work

Included in the kit you will receive before the course: 
Everything you need to make at least one basket
• A new pack of tapestry needles 
• A new pack of plastic needles
• Thick plied paper yarn for warps in several colours
• Thin paper yarn in a range of colours for weft
• Five sheets of instructions and images

FAQs

What skill level do I need to take a course?
Our online courses are each given a level of study to ensure you pick the right course for you;
Beginners - Suitable for those with little or no experience of the subject
or
Intermediate – If you have taken a related course or have existing skills
or
Suitable for all - With content that can be engaged with on different levels.

What format does the course take?
Our online live-streamed courses run each day from 9am-5pm.

After admitting all students to Zoom between 9am-9.15am, the tutor will introduce the course at 9.15am promptly and give a demonstration or warm-up exercise with a chance to ask questions before independent study with tutor support.  This pattern is followed throughout the day as additional tasks are introduced, concluding in the final session with a round up and discussion on next steps.

Is the course taught live?
Yes, the course is taught live via Zoom.

Will the course be recorded?
No, the course will not be recorded.

How many people will be on the course?
There are a maximum of 10-12 places, depending on the course.

How do I sign up for a course?
Follow the online booking process to sign up for a course.

Can I use a College gift voucher for online courses?
Yes, simply enter the gift voucher code at the online checkout.

How do I access my course?
You will receive a link and password to access the course email, typically within two working days.

What do I need to set up or prepare before the course starts:
Find yourself a quiet place to work, away from background noise and distractions during the core teaching times. Prepare a workstation, ideally with a good sized work-surface or table, adjacent to your computer, and with enough space to layout your assembled materials and tools ready for the start of the day. Also assemble any materials listed on the course details which will not be supplied in any materials kit sent to you, if included in the course. (If your course includes materials, this will be clearly stated in the course materials section above).

Ensure you read and familiarise yourself with the Zoom joining instructions emailed to you with your course confirmation before the course starts. We recommend doing this several days in advance to avoid technical issues on the day.

What computer set-up will I need to take a course?
You can join a zoom meeting on a computer or laptop – Mac, PC – with Internet connection, a webcam, microphone and speakers (usually in-built). You need high speed Wi-Fi with full bars signal that doesn’t drop out Internet connection and a modern internet browser (see "What Web Browser do you recommend" below).

You will need an email account to sign up for a course and an up-to-date web browser.

To join the course simply click on the link in your confirmation email and follow the instructions on the screen. You can access Zoom via the web browser or app. For help joining a meeting see Zoom support here

It is also useful to have the following close to hand - a secondary device to join via the Zoom link is recommended if possible to assist sharing your work in progress during the day (eg a smartphone with in-built camera or ipad/tablet), if possible.

Some of the course resources may be presented as PDF files, which will require a PDF viewer such as Adobe Reader.

What web browser do you recommend?
PC users – Chrome 30+, Firefox 27+, Edge 12+, Internet Explorer 11+ are supported.
Mac users – Chrome 30+, Firefox 27+, Safari 7+ are supported.

Please be sure to keep your browser updated. If you need to upgrade your browser, go to your browser manufacturer's website and download the most recent version.

Phones and tablets – download the Zoom mobile app from the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android).

What do I do if I experience technical issues?
Support setting up Zoom, including helpful videos can be accessed on their website here and support centre here.

We recommend setting up and testing Zoom a few days in advance of your course to ensure you do not have problems on the day. If you have checked the technical requirements above and are using a suitable browser but the problem persists, email online@westdean.ac.uk (Monday-Friday) with the details of your problem (including a screenshot if useful) for advice.

I’ve lost my login details, what do I do?
If you have deleted your login information please contact online@westdean.ac.uk (Monday-Friday).

I’ve changed my mind and no longer want to do this course, what can I do?
Please contact bookings@westdean.ac.uk immediately if you have changed your mind, within 14 days of booking. Please also refer to our Terms and Conditions when booking. For any other queries about online courses please contact bookings@westdean.ac.uk

For courses that included a posted materials pack: (If your course included a materials pack, it will state this clearly in the course materials section).

When should I expect to receive my materials pack?
Your pack will be posted to arrive 1-2 days before your course starts. It will be delivered by courier. Currently, these can only be posted to mainland UK addresses.

Who do I contact if I haven’t received my materials pack or it is missing an item?
Please contact bookings@westdean.ac.uk (Monday-Friday) within two days of the course start date.

Tutors

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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