Learn this ancient technique of weaving to create your own basket, using botanically dyed plant-fibres (raffia) and other found materials.
Basket weaving is one of the oldest crafts known to humans, and is a beautiful meditative process. Create something useful, while also slowing down into the moment.
You’ll learn all the stitches and techniques to make a small bowl or basket. This class is perfect for beginners; if you’ve always wanted to start a craft and felt unsure, basket weaving is ideal. Or for more experienced crafters this is a perfect way to stretch your creativity in a new direction. You’ll soon become addicted to this special craft.
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
All are welcome!
Vendor since 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.
Bookings are strictly not transferable to other dates. Please double check the date of the workshop before booking, cancellations will result in forfeit of payment.
Please note there are no refunds on classes and classes cannot be switched post booking. By purchasing this class you agree to these terms and conditions. However, if you’re unable to attend please feel free to send someone else in your place.
We often take photographs during our workshops to share through our instagram @thinkthornbury or with our community. Our photographs often contain your hands while you work but may also show your face. If you do not consent to have your (or your child's) photograph taken and shared on our social media platforms and/or website please let us know before the workshop begins.
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