Mary Crabb

@crabbbaskets

Textile basketry – twining and looping

Textile basketry – twining and looping

Friday 18 – Sunday 20 November 2022.

Learn techniques of twining and looping, making a connection with basketry and textiles. Work around simple moulds to make samples and understand how to create woven structures, using fine flexible materials.

Learn techniques of twining and simple looping, making a connection with basketry and textiles.The focus of the making will be working around a mould, which either becomes part of the finished piece or is removed to leave a hollow form.Twining requires the weaving of an active element around a passive warp. The weaving is worked in the hands with the use of a few simple tools. Looped structures are formed using loops with either the fingers or a needle. The resulting fabric can be either tightly worked and therefore firm or loosely worked and more fluid.Working around simple moulds, samples will be made using both techniques. You will be encouraged to work with a range of different, fine, flexible materials, all of which will have their own qualities. This will provide a variety of results when moulds are removed. Some of the moulds will be incorporated into the piece, meaning that the work almost covers the mould, for example: working around a pebble.

West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex. PO18 0QZ. For more information and booking, please visit the West Dean College short course website.