West Moss-side Organic Farm and Centre nr Stirling Scotland

Course Details - Festive Decorations

A one day workshop to create festive decorations and gifts. From natural materials of  with delicate field rush and fine willow we will make brooches, camels, reindeer, stars and small decorative pieces for gifts and tree decorations.

Title Festive Decorations with Kate Sankey

During the day Kate will introduce you to the techniques of  weaving, braiding and plaiting to make unusual pieces. This is a day which combines techniques from a variety of crafts and materials (New Zealand flax, river rush, birch craft, straw, and willow craft) but using soft rush, fine willow and some moss collected from Flanders Moss and the farm. It is a culmination of ideas and creations I have been collecting over the years.   

About the tutor
Kate Sankey
Kate has been growing her skills over the past 10 years. Inspired by West Moss-side - the farming landscape, wildlife and  natural materials which grow on  the farm and flanders Moss National Nature Reserve.  She began with  willow basket making but has been so fortunate to meet  and work with tutors and makers in a variety of media - all of whom have inspired her and many she has attracted to West Moss-side over the past 3 years. 

You can find a more comprehensive bio here.
Prerequisite knowledge/skills

No previous knowledge is required for this workshop. You should be happy with working with delicate and intricate techniques.  Good eye sight needed!!  It will be lots of fun and once you have discovered the  basic techniques you will be able to create your own animals and birds, stars and brooches.  

Course format

 We shall work around some basic pieces but there will be an opportunity to create your own shapes, circles, stars and animals. There will be a set of forms available but I will show you how to make them for yourself - panel pins and wood base!   You will be able to share your new found skills with family and friends.

After completing this course...
You will have a collection of presents, decorations and festive season creations

Duration This is a one-day course, starting at 10:00 and finishing at 16:30
Dates Dec 3, 2017
Meals Farmhouse festive lunch
Disabled facilities Disabled parking, access and toilet are provided.

More information Kate
How do I book a place? It's as simple as clicking here. If you would prefer, you can phone, write to or email Kate.
What should I bring with me?
Materials will be provided, however if you have any ribbons, small objects you want to incorporate into your pieces then please bring it all along.
Are there any other related courses I can attend?
What have other attendess said about this course?

Thank you Kate.  Exceeded my hopes and expectations! Lots of lovely things to take away, learning and ideas to work on my own and a lovely West Moss-side welcome as always.  Gwynneth 2014

 Enjoyed it very very much - thank you - also for keeping me going with materials to take home. Marieke 2014

Lovely day - very much enjoyed learning new skills and remembering some old!  Sue 2014

Its been great . Taking away lots of ideas & new skills. Thank you! Sara 2014

Excellent Day exploring skills we never knew we had. Ann 2008

Inspiring Day I will be back. Charlotte 2008

Fab! I want to learn more but you have given me a good base - thanks! Pam 2008