Design Skills for the Basketmaker


Workshop Overview

If you are considering how to recreate historical baskets or to make the design of a basket original, then this workshop may be just what you need. Alternatively, if you are considering taking on a formal qualification in basketry, such as the City and Guilds, you may wish to have a ‘head start’ on the design element of the program. We will look at colour theory, texture, shape and form and apply them to the design of baskets. We will also look at how you make use of this information to create job sheets including materials needed, time and how this is costed.


Day 1 (Interchangeable)
Time Activity
10.00 Tea and biscuits on arrival, registration and welcome
10:15 What is ‘design’ and why is it important to the basketmaker?
11:30 Morning break with homemade cake of the day
11:45 What aspects of design are incorporated in basketmaking and why/how are these recorded?
13:00 Lunch
13:45 Creating a design folder for your basketry work
15:30 Afternoon break with more homemade cake
15:45 Interpreting design work into working job sheets
17:00 Workshop finishes with celebratory group photograph


What You Will Learn

During this workshop, you will:

  • Experiment with a range of materials and mediums safely and correctly;
  • Record experiments creatively and imaginatively;
  • Apply colour theory, the study of texture, shape and form to basketmaking;
  • Apply your study of design to your future basketmaking.

What You Will Take Home

At the end of the workshop, you will take home your design folder and work completed as part of the day. You will also take home handouts and information to guide your future design work to inform your basketmaking.

Important Details

The Rural Skills Centre will provide:

  • All materials and equipment to experiment with design, as it relates to the basketmaking process;
  • Tea, coffee and lots of homemade cake;
  • A light lunch (please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements;
  • Parking; and
  • Accessible facilities


Suitable for Beginners Icon

The Design Skills for the Basketmaker workshop is suitable for complete beginners as well as those wishing to develop their skills in design work as part of a formalised program of study. 


The basketmaking element of this workshop is taught by Gill Jones.