Sustainable Basket Weaving Workshop

Basket weaving for beginners using re-purposed plastic bags



4 hours 1 to 60 label $100


Basketry is a skill and tradition found in most Indigenous cultures around the world, which has been kept alive by being passed down through generations. Weaving is not only about the product, but also the people you meet, the stories you share and the skills you learn along the way. There’s something meditative about a weaving circle that leaves you feeling calm, nourished and connected.

This sustainable coil weaving workshop for beginners will provide you with new skills to weave your own unique piece. You’ll learn the skills to make a basket by combining re-purposed plastic bags and an array of colourful wool. You’ll also receive a Wild Fibres Pack to take home, which will include a range of materials and information to help you continue weaving.

Please note: This class requires at least five students to run. In the unlikely event that we don't get this number of students, we'll cancel the class and fully refund you and inform you via email, so please watch your email a few days prior to the class



Aside from this class, Work-Shop also has the following coming up:


What you'll get

  • All materials to weave your own basket

  • A Wild Fibres Basketry pack including a fibre directory, step by step guide to weaving, a chenille needle and some extra yarn for you to take home


What to bring

  • Two plastic grocery bags from your stack of bags at home (thin local supermarket bags eg. IGA/Foodworks)

  • Feel free to bring food or drinks to snack on as lunch won’t be included


Location

Work-Shop HQ - 16 Cope Street, Redfern NSW

Your teacher
Ainsley Warner

Ainsley Warner

5.0 (5)

I am a fibre artist from Marrickville, Sydney and the maker behind Wild Fibres. I weave baskets and jewellery using a range of fibres including hand dyed Madagascan raffia, wool, hemp string, printed textiles, rope and any other fibres I come across. I’m endlessly inspired by the incredible colours and patterns I come across in my wonderings around the neighbourhood and the wider world.

I am deeply passionate about weaving and creating things with my hands. There’s something about stepping away from screens and technology and taking the time out to create something unique. I find the process both therapeutic and forever inspiring.

I’m also a social worker in Waterloo, providing counselling and practical support to young people. Weaving has not only become a huge passion in my life, but also an incredible balancing tool for my job. I find weaving meditative, fulfilling and creative. I hope to share this passion and process with as many people as I can, so they too can find a creative and calming outlet in their own lives.

Find me on Instagram and Facebook wildfibres to keep in touch and know about future workshops and markets dates.




Your host
Work-Shop
Work-Shop

4.9 (139)
30k followers

Work-Shop is a creative concept that will broaden your horizons and help you unleash your inner awesome. We provide affordable short courses in life skills and alternative art. We’ve teamed up with Australia’s brightest creative minds to share their knowledge and help teach you a new skill. From 3D printing and stencil art through to music and gardening – life skills and personal development through to cooking doughnuts and mushroom foraging, we offer a broad range of fun and creative short courses to suit our time poor lives. We will inspire you to pick up that pen, paintbrush, hammer or sewing machine and flick the switch that will kickstart a whole new way of life.

Community values lie at the heart of our project. We collaborate with local artists and industry experts to teach classes and utilise local suppliers for any materials needed. We also provide a creative environment for emerging artists to produce and sell work, and meet like minded individuals. Work-Shop will be a space for everyone, with a rotating schedule of art shows, information nights on local issues and a whole range of events and community initiatives.

Verified reviews
5

• Jan 2020


Really enjoyed learning new skills with Ainsley that I was able to take home and continue to use. Ainsley was a great teacher, I've followed her work for a while and she didn't disappoint, it was really nice to meet her and the rest of the workshop group too.
5

• Jan 2020


What was the teacher like? The teacher was great and explained everything clearly. She was very supportive.
How was the venue? I liked the venue location.
If materials were provided, did you like them? All Material were provided.
Was the class good value for money? yes
What did you do / learn? Recycle coil basket

Textiles workshop review by Tearza Stark
5

• Jan 2020


Great teacher . Relaxed class - learned a lot . Can’t wait to do more weaving . Thank you Ainsley
5

• Jan 2020


Ainsley is a calm & supportive teacher
She shared a variety of techniques &
A great start to my weaving journey
5

• Jan 2020


The teacher was super friendly, knowledgeable, and engaging! I had a lot of fun and left with a cool piece I can continue in my own time :)
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