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Last chance to learn basket weaving for £10 in Chingford

Learn one of the world's oldest crafts from a master weaver

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A basket weaving workshop in 228 (credit: 228/Waltham Forest Council)
By Waltham Forest Echo 24 June 2022

Today is the last day to learn how to weave a basket from an expert in Chingford.Today is the last day to learn how to weave a basket from an expert in Chingford.

Mark Bushell is holding the last of his drop-in workshops at 228, a council-owned venue in Chingford Mount Road, until 7pm.Mark Bushell is holding the last of his drop-in workshops at 228, a council-owned venue in Chingford Mount Road, until 7pm.

There is no need to book a place and the taster session costs just £10 per person.There is no need to book a place and the taster session costs just £10 per person.

Mark comes from a family of basket weavers, a practice that was once common in Walthamstow due to the easy availability of willow and rushes from the wetlands.Mark comes from a family of basket weavers, a practice that was once common in Walthamstow due to the easy availability of willow and rushes from the wetlands.

His grandfather, Thomas Sage, was a master weaver whose family ran a business making baskets in Lea Bridge Road until the late 1960s.His grandfather, Thomas Sage, was a master weaver whose family ran a business making baskets in Lea Bridge Road until the late 1960s.

However, the craft fell out of favour and has been almost lost in the UK after the rise in mass production and the use of plastic.However, the craft fell out of favour and has been almost lost in the UK after the rise in mass production and the use of plastic.

In addition to showing people how to make their own basket, Mark is keen to teach people more about his heritage and one of the oldest crafts in the history of civilisation.In addition to showing people how to make their own basket, Mark is keen to teach people more about his heritage and one of the oldest crafts in the history of civilisation.

However, if you can't make it down today, don't worry! Mark will be back at 228 in September due to popular demand. However, if you can't make it down today, don't worry! Mark will be back at 228 in September due to popular demand.

Visit 228 at 228 Chingford Mount Road until 7pm today (no booking needed)Visit 228 at 228 Chingford Mount Road until 7pm today (no booking needed)