I think I have probably spent thousands of hours twining baskets! It’s my go-to basketry technique whereever I am – on the train, sitting quietly on my balcony or even in front of the TV. I just love it.
It’s a basketry technique that once you’ve learnt the fundamentals, you can unleash your creativity and apply it to so many materials and forms to create stunning baskets and sculptures. How exciting is that!
One day I decided to experiment with weaving patterns into a basket using different coloured material. And it’s so much fun I wanted to share it!
You may be wondering:
- What exactly is twining? (I’ll tell you all about it)
- I can’t weave (if you’ve never done weaving before – perfect! You’ll love it)
- Can I do it even if I don’t have any creativity? (yes you can!)
- I don’t know what materials to use (oh so many, but I will tell you exactly what to get)
- I know how to twine, but are patterns too hard? (No, not with my instructions!)
By the end of this course, not only will you have multiple gorgeous baskets, but you will be confident in this basketry technique.
You’ll learn the proper technique, how to start and do multiple finishes as well as the patterns including straight line, diagonal, checkerboard, chevron and three rod wale.
BONUS - I wanted to share one of my favourite things to do – weave onto driftwood – so I added that as a bonus at the end because I was too excited about this course not to!
This course is for you if:
· You want to learn the ancient basketry technique of twining, but don’t know where to start.
· You don’t have any experience weaving patterns.
· You only know one or two ways to start and finish a basket, but want to learn more.
· You’re looking for a fun, relaxing creative outlet, and an enjoyable way to spend your downtime.
Learning at your own pace, this practical video based course is suitable for beginners and intermediate weavers. You will have completed baskets and confidence to do more!
Let me introduce myself and why I (and you will) love twining.
What a gift to be able to take time out with Catriona guiding me enthusiastically and nurturing new skills and self-belief. - Robin
Although my basket was a little wonky, I've since had another go and have created a basket that I'm quite proud of. - Anita
Led by the dynamic and richly talented Catriona, I mastered new techniques and learned so much more about the creative process. - Sarah
- How to weave the Straight Line pattern (11:41)
- Setting yourself up for diagonal - adding a stake (2:16)
- Removing a stake (1:10)
- How to Weave the Diagonal pattern (8:46)
- How to weave the Checkerboard pattern (14:26)
- How to weave the Chevron pattern (8:50)
- How to weave Three Rod Wale pattern (6:36)
- Let's add twining to the Three Rod Wale (4:42)
- Example of patterns together in one basket (2:44)
Frequently asked questions
What if I don’t have any weaving materials?
In this course I have purposely chosen weaving materials that you can buy locally or online. You may even have material around your home that you can use.
What if I’ve never woven before?
If you’ve never done weaving before – perfect! You’ll love the step by step instructions where you can go at your own pace. It’s all video so you can see what I’m doing while I’m explaining it, so that makes it very visual and easy to follow.
I’m a practiced weaver, is it too easy for me?
If you have done heaps of twining with lots of starts, finishes and all of patterns I’ve described above, then maybe you might want to do my sculptural twining with found wood course. But if you haven’t, then you will absolutely learn new techniques. (As a side note, even as an experienced weaver I go to workshops where I know the technique because I always learn new things.)
What if I’m not creative enough?
I think that everyone is creative, but we need to put ourselves in environments where we explore that creativity. I’ll walk you through the techniques step by step and give you the space to get creative. Anyone can take this course and end up with stunning baskets.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase please contact me.
Why is the course price in US dollars?
I wanted to include PayPal as a payment option because I use it the most myself when buying online, but this platform forces US currency if I want to include this PayPal option. It gets automatically converted to your chosen currency for payment.
Basketry twining with patterns for every level
Learn how to weave stunning baskets with patterns even if you have never woven before by following my easy to understand step by step instructions
Catriona Pollard - Basketry artist and teacher
As a practicing basketry artist and teacher, my unique sculptural work offers glimpses of shapeshifting natural forms, from unnoticed branches, leaves and seedpods into stunning works that celebrate the abundance of nature.
I use foraged and discarded plant material with traditional basketry and assemblage techniques to reimagine nature.
My art is about truly seeing the extraordinary in everyday moments. Simply, it’s about being still, and letting the beauty surface.
I’ve had several solo exhibitions and exhibited extensively in selected and group exhibitions. I've been finalist in many art awards including Emerging Artist of the Year Craft NSW, Ravenswood Women’s Art Prize, Northern Beaches Art Prize, North Sydney Art Prize, Warringah Art Prize, and Mosman Art Gallery.
While predominately self-taught, I've had valuable learning experiences many wonderful weavers including Jillian Culey, Judy Dominic, Mary Hettmansperger, Tim Johnson, Robyn Djunginy, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Mavis Ganambarr, Meri Peach, (the late) Jim Wallis and acclaimed Australian basket artist (the late) Virginia Kaiser.
I teach sold out workshops in my studio in Sydney, week long residentials at art schools and also internationally.
My artwork is profiled across major art and design media and is featured nationally in galleries, high end design spaces and private collections. Read more about me and my work at www.theartofweaving.com.au