This week you will go on a journey as you learn about coil weaving in the workshop. You will learn how to begin consistently and how to add new fibre into your baskets, how to finish neatly and all about the importance of tension. You will also learn about how to bring up sides on a basket and how you can keep tension consistent by using an aid such as a metal or plastic or wooden bowl about the size and shape that you want your basket to become. Please bring something like this as a weaving aid as it will prevent you from making your basket too small. Also please bring a wide-eyed blunt needle. This is a good time to collect materials from the garden; if it looks interesting or you’re curious about its use, bring it along.
Indigo has been learning all about coil weaving with natural fibres from various indigenous communities around Australia. She gives back to First Nations people whenever the opportunity arises , and has waited a long time for blessings to run weaving workshops here on the Sunshine Coast. Indigo is passionate about connecting people together through weaving, and connecting all people to the country in a respectful way. She uses both traditional fibre, but also she uses many things that may grow in your garden as well, helping our native environment by weaving with thing like cats claw.
Please note that this is a hands-on workshop and is longer than the usual workshop timing, as there is so much for you to learn and practice.