Usually we would go on site and make the matting to fit, but this particular client requested the matting as a rug semi fitted, made to her drawings. The cut outs are to fit around the radiator legs and pipe work, and to sit around the fireplace. We like the result. Let's hope it fits!
Rush Workshop Testimonials - September 2016
"Hi Felicity, absolutely brilliant, another great weekend, just not long enough, absolute heaven, to be able to immerse myself in something without any interruptions, sheer bliss. Not only did I feel as though I made some progress with the weaving, it enforced my determination to continue at home, already got it organised in barn. But it was also great therapy, with inspiring surroundings and an opportunity to meet an interesting group of people, I left feeling so uplifted and calm... Thanks Felicity for making all this possible. As I said, if only I lived closer I would offer my services for mundane general duties, or even a week internship! Thanks again, now considering November date. Very best wishes, Suzanne." - From Norfolk
"Hello Felicity, a slightly belated thank-you for a wonderful workshop last weekend - once again I'm amazed at your patience and the generosity with which you share your expertise (I'm sure a sense of humour helps too!). Nice people, great food, lovely rushes - what more could anyone ask for? - oh, and a delightful little dog too!
Attached are photos of my finished tray/basket, with which I'm very pleased (one of them includes my cat Smudge having a good sniff at this unfamiliar object). I was particularly encouraged when I compared my table mat from this workshop with those I'd made on previous occasions - it was definitely much neater and with a more consistent tension. So I feel I am improving!
Thanks again, and all good wishes, Clare" - From Bristol (Returning students)
Some lovely letters and emails I recieved from students who came to my March workshop last month.
It was lovely to spend the weekend before last with you and everyone involved in making it such an enjoyable experience.
I learnt so much from your excellent tuition and my basket is on the windowsill for regular sightings, with the rush flowers in an old glass bottle. It was great to learn too from what everyone else was making, and to be in such good company. Thank you too for catering for us so well - a real treat! I enjoye seeing all the lovely things you make and being in such a creative environment. Thankyou so much. With best wishes to you, your mum, Ivor and your friend Lynn who helped with the catering, and a pat to Molly!
Just a quick note to say thank you so much for a fantastic workshop. It
was great working with a new material, and I was interested to see how
the rush worked, it is a wonderful thing! Andrew and I really enjoyed
the two days, your workshop is really comfortable to work in, and the
lovely lunches with cider were amazing! Many thanks to all who catered,
it was an added bonus to be so well fed and kept going with tea, coffee,
and cake too.
It was great to meet you, and a real privilege to see your work! I
certainly won't forget it, you're a super teacher and your work is
Well, I hope you had a good Easter weekend, Andrew is following you on
Instagram, and I may well join too. We haven't yet started on our floor
mat, we got home and found we had totally overestimated the space in the
bathroom, so we are now going for a hanging for the wall over the
stairs! I am now thinking that an half-oval mat would be good for the
bathroom, so I'll be trying that out and will let you know what happens.
Many many thanks, Felicity, for such an inspiring weekend! Jane"
Our next workshop is in September, there are currently two places left. Please see the workshop page for more details and booking forms!
March Workshop 2016
Viviana took loads of photos during the workshop and kindly forwarded them to me. There are various shots of my rush barn and students busy at it.
Our next workshop is in September, only two places left currently. Please see our workshop page for booking forms and details.
These 2 large rectangular baskets were shipped last week. A local engineer makes the liners for me, theses in mild steel which allows us to make the baskets as large as you like. If the basket is to be used as a planter we will have the liner made in stainless steel. We can also colour the liners.
These were commissioned by Sarah Delaney Design.
The Queens Club
Love these. Small rectangular baskets with leather handles which are to be used in a bathroom, under the sink area to store linen towels. Bound for The Queens Club.
Just heard back from our clients..
"The baskets are wonderful, thank you, and getting a lot of compliments!
Best wishes, Claire."
From Susie Atkinson Design
March Workshop 2016
My weekend workshop last weekend 19th and 20th was a great success. There were 8 students here from all over the country. Several people made some plaiting on the Saturday so we were able to sew it on Sunday as it had time to dry over night.
Viviana started making her beach bag from her plait. She is moving to LA and will definitely be using it on the beach.
Richard and Jane are determined to continue their plaiting at home and want to make a runner for their bathroom- brilliant work.
Several bread baskets, sets of table mats, garlic baskets and bags were finished by the students. Lots of concentration and lots of laughs throughout the weekend.
My next course in 3rd and 4th September 2016. At the moment there are 2 places left.
Please see our workshop page for more details and booking forms.
Workshop dates for 2016
Our workshop dates for 2016 are;
19th and 20th March
3rd and 4th September
19th and 20th November
Click here for more details and booking forms.
World of Interiors
World of Interiors October issue has a fantastic article about St Giles House in Dorset owned by Nick Ashley Cooper, the present Earl of Shaftesbury. He commisioned us to make two rugs, one for the drawing room and one for the dining room. To see the images click here.
Rush Pouffes Finished!
These were a recent commission. Rush pouffes, two at 1.5 metre diameter and two at 2 metre diameter. They are entirely filled with rush. Made to measure. Please ring for a quotation.
Molly and Boss dog.
Molly and Boss dog.
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