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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


And what a great two days – Mary is such a lovely person and a great teacher. I’ve come back really feeling that I have mastered the basic techniques of twining and am looking forward to experimenting with various materials.

I really enjoyed it and now will probably spend way too much time twining Mary is such an inspiration, and teacher and so easy to understand, she was great, I loved her.

Thank you so much for a fabulous two day twining course. I learnt so much – not just the course content on twining but you are an ace and model teacher.

Live online course – Small Scale Twined Baskets

Friday 26 March 2021

Learn how to twine as you make one or two small-scale twined baskets.

Woven with paper yarn in a variety of colours, incorporate a pattern and a simple border in your basket. Delivered in a live session via Zoom on the dates shown.

Please visit West Dean College for more information and for booking.

Textile Basketry – patterned pods and pockets

Friday 25 – Sunday 27 June 2021

Explore the potential of patterns, with an emphasis on small scale twining. You will make several samples, either pods and/or pockets, while developing patterns with colour or surface detail.

Please visit West Dean College for more information and for booking.