Basket Making: Coiling

coiled basket made of natural plant fibres
Buttonhole stitch coiled basket by Lisa Stevenson

Basket Making: Coiling

With Lisa Stevenson and Sally Holliday

Saturdays 14, 21 & 28 May 2022

$310 per person

Includes all materials.

Ever wanted to know how to make a functional basket using sustainable materials?

In this Coiling series, you will stitch a small, useful and beautiful object each week while building your skills and knowledge about readily available natural materials. This course will equip you to continue your basketry practice with confidence.

Week 1: 10am-1:30pm Saturday 14 May 2022

A playful, introductory workshop using multi-coloured rafia with Sally Holliday, participants will learn how to start circular, wrapped coiling by making a round centre using button hole stitch. Loops and fringes may be added to create a small experimental sculpture. Add a pin to make it a wearable brooch. Suitable for beginners.

Week 2: 10am-1:30pm Saturday 21 May 2022

Learn two fun techniques, string making and spiral stitching to complete a small project. Gain tips on harvesting and preparing fibres from the garden and learn to make string in the first half of the workshop. After lunch, learn spiral stitching to create a circular coil from your string. Learn to shape it as you stitch to create a small basket. Suitable for beginners or those with some experience.

Week 3: 10am-3:30pm Saturday 28 May 2022

Extend your coiling experience in this exploratory workshop that will cover stitch variations, design for purpose and shaping, including handles, flanges and lids. Participants may choose from a variety of threads and decorative stitches to create a finished basket and if time permits, a series of stitched samples. Notes will be provided for those wishing to experiment with decorative stitching, such as wheat ear and glove stitch. Suitable for those with prior experience.

This workshop is part of a special series presented by The Fibre Basket Makers of the ACT. Explore the full suite of workshops here.

About Lisa Stevenson

Lisa Stevenson has been weaving since 2016 with the Fibre Basket Makers group. Her passion for natural materials and fascination with traditional basketry has grown and developed in that time, along with her technical skills. She is currently studying Visual Art with a focus on textiles at ANU and she draws inspiration from materials that she has grown or sourced from around her home just outside the Act.

About Sally Holliday

Sally Holliday is a mixed media artist and creative facilitator living in Gungahlin. She adopts a playful approach to the making process, experimenting with a broad range of materials. Having worked primarily in collage and assembly techniques, Sally made a departure from these in 2019 when she discovered the art of basket weaving. She has since immersed herself this modality, appreciating its meditative qualities. Her most recent body of work, Way Finding (inspired by the Mulanggari Grasslands), was shown at the Celebrate Gungahlin Festival. As an arts enabler, Sally enjoys companioning others on their own creative journeys.

About The Fibre Basket Makers of the ACT

The Fibre Basket Makers of the ACT is a collective of makers that meet once a month to share techniques, materials, conversation, support and inspiration. The group has been meeting and weaving together for over 15 years. Areas of interest and expertise include: traditional basketry techniques, fibre identification and collection.

Facebook: @actfibrebasketmakers

Instagram: @actbasketry

More info

Please contact Belco Arts via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.

We are committed to your safety. Workshops at Belco Arts are well ventilated and have a maximum capacity of 13 people, including the tutor. Individual workspaces are socially distanced, with masks and hand sanitiser readily available. We encourage workshop participants to be fully vaccinated, including booster vaccinations where possible, and highly recommend the use of masks when in workshops (even if not required by ACT health directives). If you have any concerns, please get in touch with us.