Event held on November 20

Melon Basket Making Workshop

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Event runs from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM


Learn to use natural materials and traditional basketry techniques to make a melon basket with Jodie Goldring at Ballarat's Centre for Rare Arts and Forgotten Trades. Learn how to use natural materials to make a small melon basket using the traditional basketry technique of ribbed construction. You will start by lashing two intersecting hoops together to create a basic framework. As you weave, ribs will be inserted into the lashing to provide structural integrity and strength to the basket. The woven surface will be created using a technique called randing, which is the moving of a single weaver inside and outside alternating ribs. A range of plant materials will be provided such as iris, red-hot poker, bulrushes, watsonia and willow. Information about how to collect, dry and prepare your own materials to use at home is included in this workshop. Entry Cost All tickets $230