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Rush Weaving, Assington Mill, Sudbury, 28th January 2017

Author: Assington Mill, Sudbury Published: 27th January 2017 16:47

 Rush Weaving

Rush Weaving, Assington Mill, Sudbury, 28th January 2017

Rushes grow locally in the River Stour.  Students will learn how to prepare the rushes, then
some basic techniques, and will make a platter or a table mat in the morning and a small square basket in the afternoon.

What a joy! Its soft, silk like and malleable qualities are gentle on the hands and very light weight.  Its colours vary from light gold through gentle greens to bronzy hues.  The craft has clear techniques to learn and, once mastered, poduces useful and practical products.  It can become a wonderful sculptural medium.

This rush-weaving course is an introduction to Rush Weaving. This almost lost craft can be brought alive again with your help!!  The aim of the day is familiarise students with rush and produce an artefact that they are pleased with.

There will be a short introduction to the plant and its historical uses, this will include where it grows, how it is harvested and prepared.

Firstly you will be taught how to select and prepare your rushes. Secondly you will be taught some basic techniques, including the Checkerboard weave, pairing and bordering down. You will aim to make a platter/ table mat in the morning and a small square basket in the afternoon.  After that, you can go on to create your own pieces.

Have a look at the Wikipedia entry on rush hats to give you ideas!


  • An excellent course.  The instructor was aware of everyone’s level and helped each student in a positive and encouraging manner.  Everyone seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed the day and were thrilled to take a finished article home.  Mary B
  • Very enjoyable day, made to feel extremely welcome – food wonderful!
  • Excellent all round.  Can’t think of any improvements.
  • That was a fascinating, useful and well-organised day, well up to my expectations.  Look forward to the 2016 harvest.  Thank you very much for everything.  Sarah P.
  • Need a bit more time.  Angela HE
  • Everything very organised.  Beautiful venue.  Very homey!
  • I have had a fantastic day – everything was perfect!  Thank you very much.  Chris K.
  • I really enjoyed the day.  Looking forward to using my new skill to produce work.
  • Super.  Thanks to you all!  Lovely lunch too.


£10 to be paid on the day.

What to Bring

  • £10 in cash
  • A tea towel
  • Old towel to wrap rush in
  • Waterproof apron
  • Scissors or snips





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