Basketry workshop with Mary Crabb

Kim and i, as Women of the Cloth, spent the day learning twining for basketry with Mary Crabb recently. Here is Kim’s blogpost about the day.


When I was at West Dean in February there was an exhibition of work by some of the college tutors, including some exquisite woven pods by Mary Crabb. So when a textile friend announced that she had contacted Mary about running a workshop, I jumped at the chance!

Peacock Pod by Mary Crabb Image: Mary Crabb Peacock Pod by Mary Crabb
Image: Mary Crabb,

This friend Barbara, along with dachshund Bertie, hosted the workshop in her beautiful house and garden in Hove. I wasn’t surprised to learn that she regularly opens her garden to the public as part of the National Gardens Scheme – it’s a multi-layered, multi-textured sensory delight, perfect for such a creative workshop.

Mary arrived with boxes of wonderful goodies, particularly paper threads in luscious colours, and books to inspire us all. Along with the mix of fabrics, wool and thread we had brought ourselves, we were certainly spoilt for choice!


We started…

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I am a feltmaker, painter, embroiderer, mender of all things useable. I paint peoples' houses beautiful colours with my team of female decorators, and I teach people feltmaking and embroidery in my home studio and in various south London locations. I love using colour and fibre to express creativity, warmth and joy.