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In this fun and relaxing workshop, participants will learn the traditional basketry technique of coil weaving. Using natural plant materials and yarn you may create your own small basket, or the beginnings of a larger piece. This is an introductory workshop where you will learn the skills to make beautiful and practical baskets for yourself, family and friends.

Course Content

Discuss materials and where to obtain them
Sustainable practices
Online resources
Techniques to create a woven vessel or 3 D object – beginning, changing materials, developing structure and finishing

  • Knowledge of different materials and where to find them
  • Awareness of sustainable practices
  • Knowledge of online resources
  • Will have experienced how to start a basket, adding new materials, how to create walls and how to finish off
  • Apply techniques learnt to begin or complete your own unique coiled basket
Ideal for

Beginners with no experience of basketry

Things to bring
  • Scissors
  • Chenille needle size 18/22 or needle with large eye and sharp point
  • 50g Raffia (please do not bring paper raffia)
  • Yarn
  • A ball of 4, 5 or 8 ply yarn and/or hemp cord. You may like to bring more than one colour to create a multi-coloured basket.

Note: Eckersleys Art Supplies and Lincraft haberdashery are both in York Street, across the road from our city campus.

Discounts for SCC students are available with the following retailers:

  • 10% discount at Dans Art Design – enter code ‘SCC’ at the checkout.

The link to the Website is DansArtDesign

  • Tilly’s Art Supplies in Rozelle, 10% off
  • Art On King Art Supplies in Newtown, 10% off
  • Eckersley’s Art Supplies in York Street, 10% off
About Your Tutor

Judith Macrae is a visual artist and maker with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) from the National Art School in Sydney. Her current art practice involves textile sculpture, soft toys and coiled vessels. Judith’s love of colour and texture is evidenced in her work. She also has a love of animals, and a particular fondness for koalas.

Judith has many years' experience as an arts facilitator, and loves helping people develop new skills and working with them to express themselves through their creativity.

Examples of Judith’s work can be found on her Instagram account:

meandtex Instagram

Student Feedback

“I had a wonderful time at our class on Saturday. Thank you! I doubled the size of my weaving yesterday. It looks pretty.”

“ The tutor was very knowledgeable and gentle in her approach to teaching.”

"A terrific, diverse group of participants who were kind and funny, a teacher who gave loads of positive
feedback and was respectful of students. The tutor had time and patience to attend to all our needs. She was generous with supplies and had some lovely examples of weaving to share with the group."

“Everything was great about this course, the venue and the class size. The teacher was knowledgeable, engaging and very helpful. Nothing was too much effort and she provided individual assistance when required.”

“The tutor spent time with everyone and was absolutely lovely! This course was so much fun!! She is very knowledgeable in her craft.”

“Nothing like I expected. We all had a good laugh and ended up with raffia 'baskets'.”

“The teacher's approach to this workshop was great. The tutor had a calm approach to teaching us and showed us what to do through a clearly explained demonstration to begin with. She was approachable and most helpful supporting us one to one as we tried the weaving techniques for the first time. I appreciated her words of encouragement through out. Thank you.”

“Was a fabulous productive course - fabulous, helpful and a great teacher. I love my basket and am inspired to make more :)”

“The tutor provided a demonstration and then helped everyone individually answering questions as well as checking in throughout the workshop.”

“Very easy to get to, tea and coffee and seating available when I got there early, across the road from the craft shop for shopping after being inspired in the workshop.”

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This course has no current classes. Please join our waitlist and we will notify you when we have places available. Join Waitlist

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