Weave meditation and craft together
A COUPLE of plastic bags are all people need to bring to Wild Fibres owner Ainsley Warner’s basketweaving workshops.
They soon learn how to reuse the bags to form the core of a colourful woven basket and leave with the skills of the craft that Warner fell in love with when she took her first workshop three years ago.
“I was completely addicted the second that we started,” Warner says.
“It’s a journey that you go on and you never know what it’s going to be until you finish. Everybody’s baskets look different.”
Much like the resurgence of interest in crafts such as macrame and crochet, Warner says the meditative aspect of basket weaving is a big part of its appeal.
“In this age where we have all this social media, it’s really beautiful to be able to create a platform where people can make things with their hands and sit around with each other and be creative,” she says.
Sustainable natural fabrics are used to make the vibrant woven baskets and earrings Warner sells at her Marrickville studio and website and an important focus in her workshops.
“I use a lot of wool and hemp string and raffia, which is a plant-based fabric made from leaves and it’s really strong,” she says.
“For the thread you can use rope or netting or wool or embroidery thread – anything that you can fit inside the head of a needle.”
Warner says patience is the key to getting through the tricky start of weaving a basket’s base.
“It’s like making a spiral to begin with and then you are stitching,” she says.
“The difference then comes from where you place the needle each time.” See more at wildfibres basketry.wix.com/home
Colourful baskets from Ainsley Warner, of Wild Fibres.