Encircle Scotland - Scottish Basketmakers' Circle 25th Anniversary
Herring Girl Baskets + Hebridean Creels
Demonstration at the Scottish Traditional Boat Festival
Join Julie Gurr at the Brodick Castle Ranger Centre on 22 June
Monique Verboets will be at Achmore
Basketmakers in Moray are meeting at Pluscarden
East Lothian Basketmakers
Coigach-Assynt Living Landscape:
Willow structures course at Palacerigg Country Park
Autumn Gathering 2013
Friday 18 – Sunday 20 October 2013
This year three stimulating courses will be presented over three days:
Traditional Oak Swill Basketmaking: Owen Jones
Square Work Basketry: Geoff Forrest
All details to go out to SBC members in the Newsletter. Further information on the courses as well as booking forms for both the courses and the venue are available from SBC secretary Laura Hamilton
Courses update at 31 May 2013:
Owen Jones’s class: full
Please make contact with Laura Hamilton to reserve your place and accommodation by the end of June.
'Angus, Weaver of Grass'
SBC Autumn Gathering 2012, Isle of Lewis
Yes we will be gathering in the Outer Hebrides this October with three three-day courses. This is a chance to do some more in-depth learning, meet with old basketmaking friends, make new ones and find out what the SBC have been doing over the last year. We will be based at Lionel, which is near to the Butt of Lewis for all of you that have listened to the Radio 4 weather forecasts. Lionel is about 45 mins drive from Stornoway, which is where you come in by ferry or plane. Do have a look at the site for our accommodation for a flavour of north Lewis www.thedecca.co.uk
Here is a quote from the site:
‘The Decca is beside the beautiful exciting sandy beaches and glorious sand dunes of Eoropie. Behind the dunes is the machair, which is a delicate ecosytem awash with colourful flowers which fill the air in summer with a glorious sweet perfume. Behind the house is Stiapabhat Loch that is a bird reserve and a magnet for ornithologists with regular flurries of excitement as unexpected birds are blown off course and stay to get their bearings and rest. This is an area of huge exciting skies, fantastic light and dramatic landscapes that has attracted artists for many years. (Listen out for the corncrakes nearby in the summer and look out for the greylag geese and huge flocks of Golden Plover and Lapwings that surround Decca and the winter arrivals of whooper swans.)’
Dates: 18 – 20 October
Accommodation: At The Decca, Lionel, Ness. I have arranged accommodation to run from Wednesday 17 October evening meal to Sunday 21 October breakfast. It is also possible for you to extend your stay at The Decca if you wish. Single or shared room options. Depending on numbers, some of us may be at other houses nearby but all meals will be provided at The Decca. All other houses will be within 5 – 10 mins walk.
Creel Making with Donald MacArthur
Donald Macarthur is a native of Lewis and learned creel making from his father who was the last professional creel maker on the island. As well as making a traditional hebridean creel, Donald will also be teaching students to make a woven creel strap on a hand loom.
This course will be held in Spors Nis sports hall which is 5 mins walk from The Decca.
Exploring Heather with Caroline Dear
With this workshop we will explore heather as a basket making material. We will learn how it has been prepared and used in the past and what it was used to make.
A brief introduction to the course will be followed by a site visit to seek and gather the right heather to use. We will make heather rope and each person will make a small coil of heather rope. We will also look at different materials and how they can be used. On the second and third days we will make heather twined baskets and a panel or coil mat using the heather rope made previously.
This course will be held in The Decca
Basketry Fundamentals with Lise Bech
This course is an opportunity to learn, review or refresh the fundamentals of willow basketry. We will focus on round basket techniques - learning through demonstration and repeated practise - in an atmosphere of concentration and mutual support.
Lise considered herself 'self-taught' till she met and learned from Colin Manthorpe, a traditional maker from East Anglia. Following Colin's techniques and advice she became confident enough to pass on her basketmaking skills and have be doing so for the last 20 years.
This course will be held in Lionel School, which is 5 mins walk from The Decca.
This year we are offering a £50 subsidy for those who need it. The full cost is £140 for the three days course if booked before 1 July. Accommodation prices depend on number of nights and whether room is shared.
We will also be holding our AGM at The Decca on Friday evening at 8pm.
Spors Nis is a sports centre and has two tenpin bowling alleys which can be booked for the evenings for extra entertainment!
This is a rare opportunity to visit and learn in this incredible place. Come for a breathtaking hebridean experience!
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