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Ancient Basketry with Adrienne Kneebone



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In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the ancient craft of twined basketry. You will learn how to harvest leaves, vines and grasses for weaving, how to prepare them and what traditional techniques to use.

Gathering natural fibres from the CERES park and make your own unique creation. At the end of the day you will take home your own handwoven beautiful and functional basket/work of art.

Interwoven in this workshop are the principles and ethics of permaculture.

Trainer Bio:

Adrienne Kneebone spent 12 years in the Northern Territory mastery the craft of weaving as well as working extensively with women from Western Arhnem land . She has a lot of skills, knowledge and storytelling to share and finds enjoyment in the atmosphere of a weaving group. Her skills range from basket twining to native grass cobbling through to bush toy making. She now resides by the Yarra river in East Warburton where she has adapted to weaving with the local plant material. Her classes are light-hearted and enjoyable as she draws the creative spirit from people.

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What you will learn
  • The ancient craft of basketry
  • How to harvest leaves, vines and grasses for weaving
  • How to prepare the leaves, vines and grasses for weaving and what traditional techniques to use
What you will get
  • Natural fibres from the CERES park
  • Take home your own hand woven beautiful and functional basket/work of art
  • Instruction handouts

What to bring
  • Notepad
  • Writing materials
What to wear




Vendor since 2013

CERES - Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne.

It is also a thriving community, an urban farm, Australia’s largest deliverer of environmental education, an event and conference venue and a place rich with social and cultural diversity. CERES is recognised as an international leader in community and environmental practice.

Built on a decommissioned rubbish tip that was once a bluestone quarry, today CERES is a vibrant eco-oasis. 350,000 people visit CERES each year. Many more engage with us through our Sustainable Schools program which takes sustainable education into schools across the state.

CERES’ green technology displays, buildings, education and training programs and social enterprises (CERES’ Organic Market, Café, Permaculture Nursery and Fair Food organics delivery) demonstrate food security, sustainable agriculture, energy efficiencies, renewables and water conservation in action.

CERES is a model for a future with sustainability, innovation and connectedness at its heart.

Come, be welcome, you never know what you will find on our rambling paths.

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08 October 2018 • Ancient Basketry with Adrienne Kneebone

A very enjoyable, relaxed and mindful day with Adrienne, who was very attentive, patient and helpful. My twelve-year old son (whose idea it was to attend the course) was also very happy with the results! Many thanks Adrienne!


14 August 2018 • Ancient Basketry with Adrienne Kneebone

Great learning and topic. Thanks so much!


25 November 2017 • Ancient Basketry with Adrienne Kneebone

Adrienne spent time in the Northern Territory and learnt to weave from indigenous women. The class is focussed on producing a small work using traditional methods. I found the class minimally useful as Adrienne was very brief in her instructions and when asked for instruction she tended to jump in and do the work instead of guiding the students through. Some written guidance in the form of handouts might have been helpful as would some larger working models of the steps needed. I thought the class was lacking structure and clear direction. Adrienne is a warm person but needs to explain and structure her classes more.

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