Woven Forms - Experimental Surfaces : Mary Crabb 2019 in Italy


Woven Forms - Experimental Surfaces : Mary Crabb 2019 in Italy


Learn the technique of twining to create a range of different woven forms, with an initial focus on the basics of the technique. Working with your hands, manipulate the warp and weft threads into forms that could be functional, decorative or both. Experiment with the weave to add colour, pattern and texture to the surface of the form.

Dates:  28 April - 4 May 2019 

Venue: Puglia, Southern Italy at the Masseria della Zingara

Booking Fee: £50

The course is a 5 day course and the fee varies, based on your accommodation, arrival date and departure date. More pricing information below. This can be arranged and the deposit paid by contacting Jan at jan@masseriadellazingara.com

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About MARY

From a childhood spent making, I now make small woven non-functional decorative objects. Originally learning to make traditional willow baskets, an introduction to textile basketry and the suggestion to try some different materials took my making in a new direction. Working with fine flexible materials, I weave using adapted traditional basketry techniques.

My favourite technique is twining. It requires the weaving of an active element around a passive warp. The weaving gives a smooth, slightly undulating surface. Although repetitive and time consuming, the placing of each weaver informs the final piece 



Start on the first day, with an introduction to twining; a technique that makes a connection between both basketry and textiles. Twining requires the weaving of an active element around a passive warp. It is a slow, but steady technique that produces a beautiful undulating surface weave. Learn to twine by working with your hands and a few simple tools. Next develop your twining skills by focussing on form. Weaving from the base up, with the addition and removal of warp threads, play with the form and the rhythm of the surface. Consider the base of the form, and ways of resolving the ends of the warps. Finally, focus on the decoration and embellishment of the surface, by selection of weaving materials, woven patterns, knots, or the addition of surface stitch.



  • Threads, wools, string, paper yarns, twine and cords, in a selection of colours and textures

  • Rope for working in a larger scale, but no thicker than sash cord.

  • Scissors, large for cutting string and twine, and finer for threads

  • Large eyed needles, metal and plastic

  • Bulldog clips and pegs for holding work

  • Tape measures

  • Technique hand outs

  • Enthusiasm, encouragement, individual support

  • PLEASE bring a materials fee of £20 in cash


PLEASE BRING WITH YOU Any of the things Mary has listed and the following

  • Scrap lengths of materials that could be cut up and used for warps or weft

  • Rotary cutter and mats for cutting fabric Is this the best way to cut the fabric into strips

  • Fine sewing threads will not be suitable unless used to add a fleck of colour to the weaving

  • You might like to bring some general hand sewing equipment

  • Beads or buttons, to be inserted in the weave if desired

  • Photographs, drawings or objects that could inspire a form or an interesting surface

  • A notebook or sketchbook for recording any additional information

  • Camera if useful, for recording stages of working

  • Reading glasses are advisable if you need them for close work



Collection from airport Bari or Brindisi and return to airport.
(free of charge from designated flight. If we collect you from a different flight or from the train station there will be a charge.)

Breakfast, a light lunch, and dinner including wine, at the Masseria. We all treat the Masseria as our home for the week so there is a clearing up rota after each meal in.

Transport to and from two local visits, leaving you free time to explore!  Dinner is not provided on these two evenings out.
Use of all our facilities, swimming pool, bicycles etc

Room fees are as follows:

£725 twin not ensuite

£775 twin ensuite

£875 single


Meals when not at the Masseria (two)
Entry fees to monuments (if any)
Drinks whilst out of the Masseria

Supplies provided for use in the Studio. There will be a fee for materials provided