This beautiful morning class will show you how to create a useable or artful (or both!) hand woven dish using raffia, threads and found objects. You’ll be guided in the techniques needed to create various stitches, from starting to finishing a piece and options for including other fibres and materials.
Basket weaving is a meditative and simply beautiful process that helps us to slow down in our daily life, while creating something useful, meaningful and beautiful.
We’ll be using Ellie’s own botanically dyed raffia, and talk about how to dye your own at home using kitchen supplies and gather gatherings. You’ll go home with an instruction sheet and the inspired bubble to add basket weaving to your everyday moments. There’ll be naturally dye raffia available for sale, but all materials needed for the class are included in the class cost.
Who is Petal Plum?
Ellie Beck (Petal Plum) is a textile artist and creative maker, working primarily with natural fibres and an instinctual process. She works with natural and botanical dyes, finding inspiration in and from nature. Ellie expresses her creative voice through loom weaving, slow-stitching, crochet, photography & styling, writing basket weaving and more. She creates pieces that speak of motherhood and self, of her place in the world, in nature, and is interested in mapping landscapes and her journey within space and life.
Ellie is a creative teacher, sharing her knowledge and passions through online classes and in real life gatherings. She loves connecting with other creatives and makers, and sees one of her skills as being able to guide people to open themselves up to their own creative voice. Ellie has taught thousands of students both online and in person, and sees each interaction as a joyful experience.
She lives a slow simple and mindful life in the rainforest in Northern NSW, with her artist / designer husband and three creative children. She’s been featured in both print publications and online websites, and occasionally writes for magazines and books.
You can connect with via her popular blog petalplum.com.au and Instagram @petalplum, where you’ll often find her sipping tea, contemplating the slow life and trying to decide which project to pick up. She’s probably surrounded by creative mess and children’s laughing.
- How to create your own basket weave using raffia, threads and found objects
- Create various stitches
- Dye your own raffia at home using natural gatherings
- Your own hand made woven basket
- Tuition, guidance and inspirational pointers about how to create your own unique piece
- A take home instructional booklet
- All materials provided
Vendor sincce 2017
Think is a combined shopfront and creative workshop venue in Thornbury founded in 2017 by Melbourne artist Maggie May (from the Middle Aisle), and musician and educator Joshua Kelly.
Think formed to nurture and support a local community of artists and creators, while simultaneously empowering people to develop creative thought through their interactions with artists’ products and workshops.
The store has a strong focus on local Australian made and ethically produced products, whilst the workshop venue connects customers directly to these makers through workshops and other creative events.