Fri, 11 Jan | Opendrawer

Wrapped Rocks

Learn to decorate a rock using basketry techniques.
Booking is Closed

Time & Location

11 Jan 2019, 10:00 am – 12 Jan 2019, 4:00 pm
Opendrawer, 1158 Toorak Rd, Camberwell VIC 3124, Australia

About This Workshop

Learn to decorate a rock with a variety of materials and a variety of decorative basketry knots & techniques. These rock amulets are based on Japanese basketry knots and other basketry techniques. They may be purely decorative or used as a contemplative focus for meditation. Historically, amulets were sacred, precious and imbued with healing powers.

Date: Fri & Sat Jan 11 & 12, 2019

Time: 10am to 4pm

Class fee: $280

Tutor: Anne Newton

What to bring:

  • All students must bring their own rocks to wrap.
  • Rocks should be smooth (not polished) rounded and fit comfortably in your hand. (From approximately 6cm x 4cm up to 11cm x 5cm) Stones used in landscaping, available from local garden suppliers, are ideal. Note: Polished stones may be used but are more slippery therefore more difficult to handle.
  • Scissors suitable to cut strong thread, string or leather
  • A curved needle if you have one.
  • A large eye, blunt tapestry needle. (The tutor will have some needles available to borrow or buy)
  • Interesting nails, washers or strong sticks

The following are some of the materials that may be used. Please bring these ONLY if you already have them. They are expensive and usually only a small quantity is required for this class. Some “wrapping” materials will be available for sale from the tutor including waxed linen, leather thonging, cane and copper:

  • Waxed Irish linen thread (available online from Royalwood)
  • Leather thonging (available from Lefflers Leather)
  • Flat chair seating cane (available online from Royalwood)
  • Thick string or 2mm cord
  • Copper wire

Tutor details: Anne Newton

Anne Newton has been teaching textile and fibre-based techniques to adults and children for more than 20 years. For more about Anne and how she discovered the Japanese Art of wrapping rocks, read the article that she has recently written for Garland Magazine at the following link:

Picture credit: Anne Newton

  • Wrapped Rocks

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