14th April 2018 - 15th April 2018
Time : 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Venue : Hepple Village Hall, Rothbury
Cost : £110 per person

Esparto (stipa tenacissima) is a native feather grass growing in the south of Spain, Portugal and North Africa. Besides being a useful plant for fighting against desertification and erosion, esparto is an excellent material for the creation of all sorts of objects. The fibre is very tough, flexible and water resistant.

The main technique is braiding. We will learn to start plaits of 3, 5 and 9 strands, how to go from a 3 strand plait to a 9 strand plait and vice versa. Long bands are stitched together with a needle and thread. There are many ways to stitch these plaited bands together, depending on the desired form and volume of the piece. At least two ways of stitching will be demonstrated as well as how to finish the braid using left over material to be used for handles and adornments.

The use of plant fibres for plaiting domestic and agricultural utensils is typical of many self-sustaining, agrarian cultures, the same techniques used with a wide range of plants all over the world. Experimenting with other fibres is a challenging possibility of this technique that we can explore to discover some surprising results.

The workshop is suitable for beginners as well as the more experienced. Every student will make at least one piece and everybody can make up to a certain level, her/his decisions around the form and the volume of their piece and of course following their own taste and possibilities.

The workshop fee includes for tuition, some materials, tea, coffee biscuits. Plus up to £10 for materials on the day.

See website www.trenda-bags.com

To book a place and get payment details contact Charlotte.

contact details
Contact Name : Charlotte Boxall
Address : , , ,
Telephone : 01669 640265
image gallery