Creativity and crafting

The last two weekends I have been at the woodland skills centre and I’m back there tomorrow and Sunday.

The weekend before last, I attended my last mindful woodland wander. Unfortunately, they take place monthly on a Sunday morning, so unless I can find one elsewhere on a different day I’m not going to be able to go again.

It has been wonderful to have had the chance to take part in them because they have been their to feed me. Something on reflection, those in ministry could do with more of.

We did the usual mindful wander. When we got to a spot that felt right for us, we sat or laid down, looking and listening around us, then draw or write something we have focussed on. No pressure to do anything perfect, in fact I went for the opposite looking for movement and the shape of the lines.

We gathered at the lookout spot and shared any of our drawings or observations. It did make me smile when one of the others asked if I taught drawing.

Last weekend I was on the Wild Weaving course. It was a new course, so exciting for all of us to attend. We were Foraging for materials and making baskets.

First we found a suitable willow that we were able to coppice, ensuring that we originally in a sustainable way. We then cut and stripped the bark ready for working with later.

The first basket was out of a single piece of bark sewn up each side with a collar and cordage top. Some then made a strap from more cordage, I took a different route, I went a bit rouge and created a handle come belt loop with another piece of bark. It seemed to set my creative side going and attracted a lot of attention from the others. Though, having worked with wood a lot in the past I possibly had a better idea of what might be possible with the materials we were using.

The construction was fascinating, but the one we made on Sunday was far more fiddly and time consuming.

It took as much time to prepare and cut the strips as it did to weave it all together. It was so therapeutic, even making the design decisions about which way around to place the bark and how many rows of reeds to weave in.

Some of the baskets the leader of the course brought with her were fascinating. Now all I need is to know where I can find a sustainable source of coppiced wood – if you know of any, do let me know.

This weekend is more weaving… more on that to come.

About localpreacherforkliftdriver

I am a Methodist Minister taking up a new appointment in the North Cheshire Circuit, September 2019, with pasoral charge of Tarvin, Kelsall, Rowton, Christleton, Mickle Trafford, Oakmere & Bunburry with Tiverton churches. Views are my own.
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