Tim Johnson workshop

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The Basketry Collective just organised its first workshop and we were delighted to host artist and basketmaker Tim Johnson at Merley House in Dorset.  Eight of us spent two busy days exploring rush, esparto grass and soft rush – making and analysing braids, making two and three ply cordage and learning palm binding which most of us eventually got the hang of.  I am really looking forward to experimenting further with the soft rush and beaten esparto grass.  A great time was had by all!

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