Weaving magic with fibre

SALLY Clayton’s love of natural fibres began 25 years ago when she was playing around with willow branches.

She has been weaving ever since, using whatever fibres she finds around her.

“Willow is a colder climate fibre, here in Bellingen we have palms, philodendrons and dodder laurel. Plus gladioli, day lilies, lemon grass, citronella, sedges – our own gardens hold so many possibilities.”

Even privet got a mention: “It’s fantastic for framing – it stays flexible even when dry.”

Surrounded by all manner of vines, branches, leaves and pods in her workshop, Sally dexterously demonstrated how different fibres can be woven, sewn and/or stitched to create baskets of all shapes and sizes.

She stressed the importance of sealing creations with timber finishing oil to ensure their survival in our humid climate.

For anyone interested there are still spaces available in her ‘melon basket’ workshop tomorrow from 9am to 4pm in the garden behind McNally House. For bookings phone 6655 0101.

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