Anne has worked with crafts for as long as she can remember, learning to knit and sew from a very early age. From making clothes for dolls, Anne moved on to making clothes for herself and knitting and sewing items for around the home, adding embroidery into her skills set and trying felting, machine embroidery, patchwork and many other associated crafts.
Always looking for new things to occupy her hands, Anne took up basket making about 10 years ago – working with willow until a few years ago when she attended a rush workshop and made a rush hat. The subtle beauty and colour of rush inspired Anne and she now increasingly works with rush, making lovely hats, baskets, boxes and bags. Such is the appeal, Anne now takes part in the annual rush cut in Somerset – hard work in all kinds of weather – which ensures a good supply of beautiful rush to work with over the coming year.
Julia is a Florist by trade and has always enjoyed crafts while experimenting with many different types. In 2006, Julia was at a craft trade fair and came across needle felting. She loved the idea of working with wool and could see how versatile the craft could be. Julia is always happy when she is creating and she has plenty of ideas!
Bridget had always had a bee in her bonnet to one day be able to make a basket. On one of those ‘special’ birthdays, her friends gave her a craft token to attend a basket making workshop.
Bridget has been totally hooked ever since and is always on the lookout for something new to try and make using natural products.
Bridget has taught 4 – 6 year olds over a period of 30 years and recently qualified as a Forest School Leader. She feels that making functional objects from willow and other natural materials is very satisfying and compliments her basic love of nature.