The first RushWorks Harvest: the River Stour, Hammoon, North Dorset

Bundles of rushes drying in the RushWorks workshop at Gold Hill Organic Farm, Child Okeford, North Dorset

Experiments with plaiting and twisting rush

A selection of baskets made by weaving around wooden blocks or other formers or by plaiting or twisting

Rush envelope, from a design created by Tim Johnson

Twisted rush to be sewn together to form a basket.

Plaited rush mat

Rush hat with raffia bow

Weaving and plaiting baskets with the help of a rush threader or curved needle

Workshops held at Gold Hill Organic Farm and other venues

The Balsam Centre – 2009

Dorset Wildlife Trust staff at Brooklands Farm, Forston, 2013

The Larmer Tree Festival, 2010 – rush bracelets and dragonflies workshop

The Larmer Tree festival, 2014 – ‘Tree-mendous plaits’, Adornable Art workshop

Projects with schools/children

Canford School VI form project, 2008 – weaving a water vole

Plaited rush toy horse

Toy figures from twisted rush

St Nicholas CE VA Primary School, Child Okeford, 2007 – skipping ropes from twisted and knotted rush

Bracelets with ribbon and sweet wrappers

Cheselbourne Village School, 2007 – animal figures

Larmer Tree Festival, 2015, Childen’s ‘Hands-On’ workshop ‘Festival Friends’ – rush figures

Semley CE VA Primary School, 2007 – plaited rush mat

Larmer Tree Festival , 2012, ‘Adornable Art’ workshop – rush headband with flowers

Bryanston School, 2009 – Year 9, project twisting and plaiting

St John’s CE First School, Wimborne, 2010 – dragonfly: wood, willow, wire-netting and rush

Canford School, 2007 – rush boat

Canford School, 2007 - rush baskets and matting

Dorset County Show, 2010, making rush dragonflies

Larmer Tree Festival, 2012 - Wild Woman arch: rush, hazel, willow, dock & raffia

Rushwork history

Rushwork class, Blandford St Mary, 1912

Plaited log basket made in Marnhull, North Dorset, in the 1950s and still in use

Traditonal plaited workman’s basket or frail, in use in the 1920s, Sherborne Museum, Dorset

Farm labourer with frail (Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading)

Woman from Somerset making rush baskets (Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading)

Rush mattress, 17th or 18th C, Dorchester Museum, Dorset

Article about the history of rushcutting and rushwork in Wimborne, published in Dorset Life magazine, 1992