Basketmakers

Basketmakers

Six makers, from Spain, Canada and the UK, were involved in the construction of the ‘startrap’. Basketry and Beyond promotes the sharing of skills and techniques.
Basketmaker's tool kit

Basketmaker’s tool kit

Fairly simple tools are needed to start making willow baskets; a bodkin, kiife, rapping iron and secateurs. This basket of tools seen at the Festival 2013 belongs to Dieter Deringer.
Heritage

Heritage

Completing the lid on a basket. This ‘fowl crate’ for transporting a live hen is a copy of one found in the Museum of English Rural Life that was originally made I by Blackwells of Barnstaple.
Weaving

Weaving

A demonstration of rush hat making at the Festival at Dartington in 2013. The English rush was cut in July/August in the river Isle in Somerset. The soft material is woven over a mould to keep the shape.
Materials

Materials

The sides of this basket are woven using split and shaved brambles. The courses in February 2014 were supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery.
Courses

Courses

Split willow was used for the start of this gypsy basket base, this was cleft from one or two year old fresh cut sticks. Heritage masterclasses, February 2014.
Startrap

Startrap

Made for the 2013 festival during the ‘Weaving Space’ artist’s residency supported by Arts Council England.  Bamboo, willow and sisal were woven into a 7m x 4m structure using a technique found around the Mediterranean for making fish traps.
Welcome to Basketry and Beyond
Welcome

Welcome

Basketry and Beyond is a not-for-profit organisation encouraging and furthering the craft and skills of basketry. Basketry and Beyond started in 2003 and works to weave the magic of basketry in people’s lives. We do this by: Providing a range of courses for the beginner and those wishing to further their knowledge and skills. Organising...