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Coiled Basketry using Native Grasses



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Join Adrienne Kneebone as she teaches the art of native grass basketry. Coil stitch is a contemporary adapted basketry technique where soft coils are stitched together with colourful thread.

The workshop entails two activities, firstly an introduction to coiling using coloured raffia where your will learn to make your first beautiful basket. The second activity will be a harvesting excursion where native grasses from the Merri Creek will be collected to form your second unique basket.

Both baskets use needles and busy hands, with sizes ranging from palm to melon size.

Adrienne is interested in to the soft grasses of Victoria, adding colour, humour and stories of the Central Desert to her classes. All participants will gain new weaving skills, plant knowledge and a beautiful grass basket. Materials provided. Discover something new to do in your neighbourhood.

Trainer Bio:

Adrienne Kneebone spent 12 years in the Northern Territory mastery the craft of weaving aswell as working extensively with women from Western Arhnem land . She has a lot of skills, knowledge and story telling 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.

CERES members and concession holders are entitled to a 10% discount. Enter "ceresmember" under the promotion and gifts code field.

*Please note that the CERES member or concession discount does not apply to "Bring-A-Friend" tickets which are already discounted

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What you will learn
  • Coil basket weaving techniques
  • 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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03 June 2018 • Coiled Basketry using Native Grasses

Adrienne was a wonderful teacher, very patient and would explain method again and again till it was understood by students. The class had a good mix of basket making methods and I look forward to doing some more basketry in near future. Great group of ladies that made for an enjoyable day. Many thanks.


30 May 2018 • Coiled Basketry using Native Grasses

An interesting workshop with a variety of content. Good attention to detail. Tutor has a broad range of skills to share and made herself available for questions and further information. I would have liked to spend the day working on just one basket - a bigger piece with native grasses and twine as the picture implied and a discovery walk to see the variety of grasses - but I think most of my needs were addressed. Thank you.


02 June 2017 • Coiled Basketry using Native Grasses

I had a really enjoyable class with Adrienne Kneebone at Coiled Basketry using Native Grasses..The energy of the experience was gentle and healing. I am happy to have learnt a new form of creative expression a as a result. I also enjoyed sharing a Sunday with other like - minded and differently -focused people. Adrienne was positive towards our skill, or lack of it ,and made us feel welcome and worthy. For me , basket weaving was meditative and therapeutic . I would be happy to recommend this experience and am happy with what I was taught and where i can go from there in my own creative journey. Thanks Adrienne. It was beautiful to meet you. I actually felt like I had known you already.. Sincerely , Rachael