Ushaw was founded over 200 years ago to educate students for the Catholic priesthood, the vast estate contains buildings designed by Augustus Pugin and his followers, and is one of the most important examples of Victorian Gothic architecture in the North East. It is now a conference centre, bed and breakfast, offers workshops and beautiful gardens to enjoy.
|Aerial view of Ushaw|
Jo is a very experienced basket weaver. They have a lovely Facebook page.
I arrived at 9:45 and waited with the other seven workshop participants in the entrance lobby.
|The entrance hall to Ushaw College|
There was a a lovely walk to the workshop room
|The amazing corridors|
|The asymmetrical Polish basket.|
|the workshop was held in the William Allen gallery.|
The art work was for sale. There was a display of work from Jo our tutor.
|Display of work by the tutor for sale|
|Jo demonstrating how to begin|
|the first round|
|One round complete|
Here is my finished base. I have attached all the upright willow rods and I am about to start the weaving.
|I finished the base|
I wove about four inches and then it was time for lunch. I used two colours of willow.
|After the morning session|
We had our lunch in the Parlour,. This room was originally for the professors so that they could dine away from the students. It was designed by Edward Pugin.
|The parlour - what an amazing place to have lunch.|
|This is the refectory next door|
|Another view of our lunch room|
Back to work in the afternoon.
|Weaving one side|
|Weaving the second side|
|my finished basket|
It was really lovely to try a new craft. I have always wanted to try basket weaving.