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Every student has their own reasons for attending workshops, and in my experience as a tutor, they can be varied. I like to teach through demonstration, then support and encourage students as they work independently. I hope to inspire, encourage and share my enthusiasm, whilst aiming to meet the needs of each student on an individual basis.

My own making has developed with a grounding in techniques and hours of exploration and experimentation. So, I’d like to offer workshops to cater for a range of learning; for those interested in the ‘destination’ (SKILLS BASED), or the completing of a made object to those wishing to make a ‘creative journey’ (SKETCH-BOX), where the process is more important than a finished piece of work. Of course sometimes there is an overlap, and I always like to be flexible and workshops can often throw up unexpected ideas!


  • suited for artists and makers
  • focus on experimenting and exploring
  • tutor input with open ended outcome
  • opportunities to process and develop ideas independently
  • work independently


  • suitable for beginners, intermediate and advance students (B, I, A)
  • focus on technique and/or material
  • tutor led with continued support and input
  • opportunities for more confident students to work independently
  • pre-determined outcome


Thursday 12th September 2019


Venue: Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, London. SW3 4HS

Join Mary Crabb for a one-day course exploring weird and wonderful microscopic aquatic lifeforms, inspired by a visit to our pond. Mary will teach the technique of twining to enable the making of a colourful woven form. Twining involves the weaving of two threads using the fingertips, whilst the form is held in the hands.

Processes covered will include joining of threads, patterning and developing a form. Each form could incorporate some natural fibres such as hemp, nettle or linen as well colourful synthetics. At the end of the day, it is anticipated that each maker will have a completed woven form and will have learnt some basic textile basketry skills.

Bookings can be made through Chelsea Physic Garden.

For more information and to book click here



Friday 20- Saturday 21 September 2019

Venue: The Natural Basketry Studio, Turner Dumbrell Workshops, Dumbrells Court Road, Ditchling, East Sussex. BN6 8GT

Level: Improvers, intermediate and advanced. Previous twining experience essential

A two day workshop with a focus on developing techniques in the following: bases, borders, form and scale. Participants need to have mastered basic twining techniques.

Day 1
The focus of the first day with be bases and borders.Through the making of a series of sample bases, the materials will be considered in terms of their suitability for the base design, scale and finished form. Borders will also be discussed and sampled, again, exploring how the a chosen material will influence the possibilities. At the end of the day students will reflect on their samples, making decisions about how they would like to proceed on Day 2 with an initial idea of a form they would like to make.

Day 2
Each student will focus on their own twined form by selecting the materials and scale they would like to work with, starting with a base of their choice. Form will be discussed and techniques taught for inserting additional warp threads, doubling up warps, opening out plies and cutting out. Simple patterns could also be woven to add interest to the design.

Bookings can be made by contacting Julie Rignell at The Natural Basketry Studio.

For more information, contact Julie by email at


Friday 18 – Sunday 20 October 2019

Venue: Plas Tan y Bwlch, Maentwrog, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd. LL41 3YU

Using a range of recycled, new and decorated paper; explore how paper can be used to make a number of different containers and baskets. With no experience required, the main technique of plaiting will be taught as well as twining. In addition to the learning of both techniques there will be opportunities to develop individual baskets.

Bookings can be made through West Dean College.

For more information and to book click here


Friday 15 – Sunday 17 November 2019

Venue: West Dean College, West Dean, nr Chichester, West Sussex. PO18 0QZ

Create woven pod forms while weaving textile-based basketry, inspired by gourds and seedpods. Using a threads of various thicknesses, the pods can be woven in a range of sizes and with texture, colour and pattern.

Bookings can be made through Plas Tan y Bwlch.

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Monday 18 – Friday 22 May 2020

Venue: Committed to Cloth Studio, Drewshearne Barn, Crowhurst Lane End, Oxted, Surrey. RH8 9NT

Learn the technique of twining to create a range of different woven forms, with an initial focus on the basics of the technique. Working with your hands, manipulate the warp and weft threads into forms that could be functional, decorative or both. Experiment with the weave to add colour, pattern and texture to the surface of the form.

Bookings can be made through Committed to Cloth.

For more information and to book please click here.