Autumn Gathering 2017

20-22 October 2017

This year we will be at the Tulliallan Police Scotland College, Kincardine. Here is a link to their website

We have three fabulous tutors coming to teach courses over three days. They are Mary Butcher, Jenny Crisp and Felicity Irons.

Our AGM will be on the Saturday evening 21 October at 8pm.

For more information and booking form please email Tim Palmer on


Course 1

Fitching with Jenny Crisp
Jenny, a tutor well known to
us and much in demand, will
teach a course exploring
fitching. As part of this,
some revision of hoop
making and scalloms will be
included. It will be possible
to make more than one
basket using the open work
technique. Sorting and
choosing the correct size
willow for the object will be
covered as well as concentrating
on building a strong
Maximum of 7 participants.


Course 2
Weavings & bindings with Mary Butcher

Mary is another well-known and highly sought after tutor. The course will
explore the many weavings and bindings that appear on many basket structures
round the world. They can be made with many long, flexible materials and
used as pure decoration on handles, rims, round the bottom edge of a structure.
They can also be essential as ways of making a form for either 3D or flat
objects. Several variations can be learned and used for experiments with
structure and decoration.
Most work will be on a small, delicate scale and a series of samples will be
worked with the knowledge then used for future work. It is particularly good
for basketmakers or textile people interested in using soft materials for twining,
coiling, or creating bowl like structures, together with construction methods
and texture. Come to improve and widen your use of materials, your weaving
repertoire and new patterns and rhythms to use in your work. It is an opportunity
to learn non-European techniques in both traditional and new ways.
You will go away with a range of new techniques and a collection of samples
for use and adaptation in later work. You may also go home with small,
finished, decorative baskets, depending on the choices you make during the
Maximum of 10 participants. Suitable for beginners.


Course 3
Rush work with Felicity Irons

Felicity is the pre-eminent worker in rush in Britain and has not taught in
Scotland for a long time. This is a chance to learn rush-work with a master
who knows the material intimately, from its culture through to finished work.
The course will begin with a little introduction into Felicity’s relationship to
rush, how she became involved with it, and how rush is harvested. Then it
will be hands on, starting with the simplest of pieces — a table mat. Students
will have the opportunity to try a range of different techniques including
pairing, twining, coiling, plaiting, knotting, sewing and roping. It would
certainly be possible to take home hats, bags, baskets, cushions and small
area of floormatting; bathmat or small runner.
Recently harvested rush and tools — needles, threaders, twine and sewing
palms etc will be provided.
Maximum of 8 participants.


Accommodation at Tulliallan is as single rooms with en-suite facilities.
Shared rooms are available for couples and those that wish to share. If you
wish to share, please indicate on the booking form the name of the person
with whom you will be sharing the room. It is therefore essential that you
arrange your share before filling in the form. The room fee includes breakfast,
but lunch and supper are charged extra. It will be possible to park, and use,
camper vans at Tulliallan and only pay for the meals taken. A bar will be
available on Friday and Saturday nights from 20h00 – 23h00. Dogs are not
allowed in the buildings but are permitted on the campus.

The course fee of £160.00 includes tutor fee, tutor expenses, tutor board and
lodging, hire of teaching rooms and cost of bar licence. Materials will be
charged on an individual basis by the tutor and are payable directly to the
Courses will run from 10h00 –17h00 (Friday & Saturday), 10h00 – 15h00
Closing date for applications: Monday 31 July.
Courses will be allocated and confirmation, with full joining instructions,
sent after the closing date. Places on oversubscribed courses will be decided
by ballot.
Completed booking forms should be returned to:
Tim Palmer, Dun-Macbeth, 14 Auldcastle Road, Inverness IV2 3PZ

Here are the prices for the accommodation
Single room including breakfast

Double room including breakfast

Lunch  £8.50
Supper  £8.50


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