Workshop in Newcastle, Lake Macquarie (Hunter Valley)



The traditional art of weaving has been an essential skill across most cultures of the world. Learn how to weave with weeds, garden prunnings, string, fabric scraps, rope, wires and e-waste to make beautiful baskets and sculptures for your home and garden. The twining weave technique is perfect for the beginner and the experienced weaver, with endless possibilities for individual exploration. Get creative and unveil the beauty of this ancient craft!

Get in touch with your inner bowerbird, participants will be required to forage in their garden, parklands and local bushland for weedy vines and other appropriate weaving materials to supply most of their materials for the workshop. A full materials list and guide to foraging for beginners will be sent to all ticket holders.

5 hrs duration


Includes homemade yummy morning tea & Lunch. Some materials supplied. Materials list provided upon booking.

Basket Weaving
TWINING Workshop


NEWCASTLE: The Creator Incubator is where creativity happens. A thriving shed full of artist studios located in eclectic Hamilton, Newcastle. Join us for a workshop and make sure you leave time to visit the gallery and take a wander through studios while you're here!
LAKE MAC: Visit the studio of Michelle Leilani, nestled on the edge of the bush where the bower birds call home, you'll enjoy working in the outdoor studio in a converted horse stable, surrounded by a thriving permaculture garden that provides plant material for the workshop.

Michelle is a practicing artist, a graduate of The College of Fine Arts in Sydney. Her fascination with colour, textiles, and love for plants has been combined in her continued study and exploration of weaving & natural dying, recieving recent tuition with master weaver Matt Tommey (US) & master dyer Aboubaker Fofana. She is founder of Michelle Leilani, a sustainable textile company specialising in the art of natural dying.

Refunds upon cancellation by the student will only be awarded if we are able to fill your booked place. This still applies if the workshop is not fully booked, as we require a minimum number of placements to be filled in order to run the workshop and offer confirmation to students. Confirmation of the workshop will be made at the latest 5 days prior to commencement. In the event the workshop is postponed due to low enrollment numbers or other circumstances, you will be offered the choice of a full refund or credit towards any other course.