Scirpus lacustris, the native Bulrush of lakes and streams, cut annually in July, gathered on flat bottomed punts and paddled to the bank side to be carted and stored to dry in haylofts and barns.
When ready it can be soaked to rejuvenate its twisting properties and plaited and shaped into a variety of crafts, one of which is the traditional rush hat.
Spend the day with us in the beautiful Surrey Hills at our woodland studio following an old traditional method of weaving the stems around a hat block that is measured and built to fit the size of your head, everyone is individual and special.
The course begins at home as you have to make your own hat block with the guidance of our online 'how to do it' video tutorial. Don't forget to bring it with you!
Welcomed with a cup of tea or coffee we begin the day with a talk about the history and the uses that Rush has given to us over the centuries.
The teaching is very methodical and there is no rush (sorry!), the day meanders at your own pace with eyes on help from your tutors at every stage.
Lunch is taken around 1 ish and the afternoon finishes with the completion of the brim border around 4 ish.
September 25th Full Please email if interested in this course.
Full day £85
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