Laneway Learning: Concrete Crafts: Upcycled Coiled Baskets with Maria & Clare


Making baskets is meditative, easy and fun. It is one of most well-known crafts in the history of humanity and examples of it appear in most indigenous cultures. Coiled baskets are typical of Australian aboriginal culture as well as South America, Middle East and large parts of Africa. They can be made with natural fibres or add raffia, wool or fabric to make them more colourful.

Basket weaving is also quite rewarding as there is nothing better than finishing your project and having a lovely custom home decor to show off!

What will we cover?

In this workshop we will:

  • Go through the basics of basket weaving:

    • How to start off your basket depending on what final shape you want.

    • How to make a solid base

    • How to stack up the coils to make the walls.

  • Go through different materials you can use such as yarn, fabric, t-shirt yarn, raffia… We’ll have an assortment of materials for you to try. We’ll also go through a few upcycled options you can use to make your baskets more sustainable.

  • Get started on our own basket!

Who will be teaching?

Clare MacDonald is all sorts of crafty, specially with upcycled materials. She has always been an avid sculptor, seamstress and painter. She also teaches the air dry claytastic creations class.  You can follow some of her crafty pursuits on her instagram.

Maria Yebra has crafted many cute and weird things in her life from fox hoodies to bias tape planters, wax skulls and cat rings. She loves to upcycle and has an extensive collection of loved “crap” she plans to turn into something useful one day.

Workroom 5
August 13