The weaving of baskets is as old as the history of humans. Basket making is a skill and tradition found in many cultures around the world, passed down through generations. Creating with your hands 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 magical about a weaving circle that leaves you feeling calm, nourished and excited.
This sustainable coil weaving workshop for beginners will provide you with new skills to weave your own unique piece. You’ll learn how to; make your own plastic yarn, start a basket, change yarn, create the walls of a basket and finish it off. You’ll also go home with a Wild Fibres pack to help you maintain your new weaving addiction!
About Wild Fibres
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. Website coming soon!
The class was excellent. Great instructor, plenty of materials provided and a pleasant environment to work in. I had a fantastic time.
Awesome basket weaving class. Ainsley is a really fun & an inspiration person to learn from.