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Braiding, Looping & Sprang

Fri, 02 August 2024

10am to 4pm

Learn how to use ancient textile techniques and make your own item of clothing through the discovery of Bronze Age hand crafts, with experiemental archeaologist Sally Pointer. 

£95 per person (car parking included)
Ages 16+

The prehistoric evidence for textiles includes several techniques that are less common today. We will explore the evidence for textiles that can be created without a formal loom including simple looping (an early form of nalbinding) and learn how to turn handmade cordage of different weights into flexible bags, baskets or nets. Setting up a simple Sprang frame and learning basic interlinking will allow you to try this unusual technique which is found in Bronze Age hairnets, and we will start work on a braided linen belt inspired by prehistoric finds which you can take home to finish.

About the tutor: Sally is an experimental archaeologist and teacher of heritage crafts working with natural materials and techniques that can be traced back thousands of years. Your course will combine a detailed look at the archaeological evidence as well as a solid grounding in practical techniques, with plenty of scope to adapt the projects to suit your own interests as we go along.

Please note, this workshop is for ages 15+ and is not suitable for children. All materials will be supplied.

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