Basket Making: Twining

Melon Basket (work in progress) by Ann McMahon, Mixed materials

Basket Making: Twining

With Lisa Stevenson

Saturdays 4, 11, 18 & 25 June 2022

$380 per person

Includes all materials.

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

During this four week twining series, you will build practical skills by creating a small, attractive object each week. You will also learn about sustainable sources of fibre in the local environment so you can continue to practice with confidence.

Week 1: Twine Mat

10am-12:30pm Saturday 4 May 2022

Learn the fundamentals of twinning in this simple beginner’s project. Starting in the centre with crossed weavers, work outwards, twining row upon row to create a coaster or flat mat. Finish your project with a painted edge. This workshop is designed for beginners and will use natural materials gathered from nearby Lake Ginninderra.

Week 2: Garlic Basket

10am-1:30pm Saturday 11 June 2022

Beginning with Cordyline leaf stakes, twining will be used to create a conical, freestanding basket that rests on the leaf bases. Using mixed fibres produces attractive variations in texture and colour in this twined project, which is suitable for beginners or those with some prior experience. Finish the edge and, if desired, add a handle or hanging loop to complete this fun project.

Week 3: Plait, Twine and String: Handy Little Basket

10am-3pm Saturday 18 June 2022

To make this cute basket with handles, participants will begin by making a woven (plaited) base. The sides will be woven using twining, before adding string handles and finishing the edge. Along with learning how to make handmade string, participants will consolidate learnings from the two preceding workshops in the twining series.

Week 4: Mini Melon Basket

10am-3:30pm Saturday 25 June 2022

Learn to weave a small melon basket using a traditional style of frame, beginning by securing the handle and rim using a god’s eye. The basket belly will be filled by inserting additional weavers and fixing them in place with paired (twined) weaving. Use mixed natural fibres and handmade string to create contrasting stripes and textures. This small sturdy project basket is lightweight and practical to use. This is a more advanced project that will build on learnings from the preceding sessions.

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 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.