Susie Gillespie

Tim Johnson ‘Finding Fibres – Containing Space’

Fibre Art & Contemporary Basketmaking

with Tim Johnson

‘Finding Fibres – Containing Space’

Course date – new 2020 date coming soon

Join artist and basketmaker Tim Johnson for this four day workshop exploring the combination of traditional and contemporary basketmaking techniques and the potential of diverse plant fibres to create contemporary baskets and sculptural forms.

During the workshop you will learn to identify, harvest and process a variety of local plant materials and learn general principles that will help you work with whatever plants you find in your garden or nearer to home.

Traditional soft material basketry techniques including looping, knotting, twining and braiding will be introduced and give you a good grounding for experimentation and improvisation. The specific combinations of plant fibre properties, making techniques and your own ideas will lead your making process during the workshop and lead your creative work in new directions.

Day 1Tim Johnson Workshop Grids (2). Identification, harvesting and processing of locally available plant materials such as rushes, grasses, New Zealand Flax, bark and bast fibres, nettle etc depending on local availability.

We will also have available a variety of other purchased plant materials including various rush species and esparto grass from Spain.

Day 2 & 3. Guided introduction to soft material basketry techniques and experimental practice.

Tim Johnson Workshop Grids (1)

Braiding, twining, cordage making, looping, ply-split darning, knotting, netting. Combining rigid and flexible materials.

Day 4. Individual projects developing your own ideas and material / technique combinations.

The course is £340 for Four days and includes lunch, refreshments and basic materials.

If you would like to stay with us during the course we have Barn-House and Farm-House Bed and Breakfast accommodation. To find out more please visit the Accommodation tab above.

Course date – new 2020 date coming soon


Please use the contact tab above to enquire about course and accommodation availability.

Tim Johnson Work Grids (3)

Tim Johnson Work Grids (2)

Tim Johnson Work Grids (1)



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2019 course dates

September 2nd to 6th – Field to Fabric 5 day Creative Textile Course – full

October 5th to 8th – Flax processing, linen spinning and creative weaving course – 3 places 

October 19th and 20th – 2 day weaving course – full

November 2nd, 3rd – 2 day weaving course –  full

November 9th and 10th –  2 day weaving course – full

2020 course dates:

February 8th to 12th  Field to Fabric Winter Residential 5 day Creative Textile Course – 3 places

March 21st and 22nd  – 2 day weaving course – 3 places

April 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th – Flax processing, linen spinning and creative weaving course – 2 places 

May 2nd and 3rd  – 2 day weaving course- 3 places

May 29th, 30th, 31st – Alice Fox Land Marks – Recording ‘Place’ – 6 places

Please use the contact tab above to enquire about course and accommodation availability if I don’t get back to you within a day or two please try again as sometimes the enquiries do not reach me. Thanks Susie.

I also have gift vouchers available if you would like to give a course as a present.