All things French & Wailing

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We will focus on all things French & waling.

We will explore:

  • French randing, (working with 1,2 or 3 rods)
  • zig zag weave (again with 1, 2 or 3 rods)
  • what I call impossible French- (where you have 2 sets working in opposite directions on different levels)
  • 3 rod wales & how to produce chase wales, pull down wales, drop 4 rod to 3 rod wales, invisible joins, continuous thickness wale & chevron wales.

Please note- mastering weaves only takes place with repetition/practice. Some of these weaves (particularly the Irish) take time to master the tension, spacing/proportion, & rhythm.

We will not necessarily  be working on a complete basket -you will go home with samples of each weave, either unfinished or made into a ‘collar’ & finished with a simple track border, or they can easily be used as lampshades (table or ceiling)or 1 large tall plywood base basket incorporating all taught techniques.

Suitable for those intermediate students with weaving experience of a number of baskets who want to develop their choice of type/colour of willow & weaves.

Please note:

  • this course is physically demanding & you need a good degree of manual dexterity.

What do I need to bring?

Glasses (if you need them for close-up work).
Notebook and pen if you wish to make notes, but e-notes and links will be sent after the workshop.
Old clothes, covered, flat shoes (no sandals or open toes), something to tie hair back with (if needed).

Course leader: Rachel Hutton
Level: Intermediate / Advanced
Lunch provided: Yes

Tea, coffee, soup and cake will be provided (GF, DF and VG friendly).
Please feel free to bring your own packed lunch.

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