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‘Cat’s Claw Basket Cases’

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‘Cat’s Claw Basket Cases’

Time: April 26, 2014 from 9:30am to 12pm
Location: Yandina Community Gardens
Street: Cnr North & Farrell
City/Town: Yandina
Website or Map: http://yandinacommunitygarden…
Phone: 5446 7373 and leave a message
Event Type: free workshop
Organized By: Yandina Community Gardens
Latest Activity: Mar 28, 2014

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 Sat Apr 26

‘Cat’s Claw Basket Cases’

Ian Mackay

9.30 am


Cat's Claw Creeper might be an insidious introduced vine weed, increasingly prevalent along watercourses, but it also happens to be an excellent weaving material for making baskets.

The folks out on the Mary have been weaving with it since Master weaver Kris Martin helped them make the giant Mary River Turtle for the 2012 Mary River Festival and they haven't looked back.

Ian Mackay has conducted a number of workshops exclusively using Cat's Claw and just loves the way people take to basket weaving.

He'll supply the cat's claw, unless of course you have some of your own to harvest and weave in. Please bring along your secateurs.

These FREE events and workshops are open to everyone in the community, not just members and volunteers at the Gardens and there is no need to book a place.

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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 28, 2014 at 7:41

Used to have this vine all over our fences at Highgate Hill. Dug it out - the biggest tubers I'd ever seen at that time. It's one of these things which will grow from the tiniest piece of tuber left behind. The yellow blooms are marvellous though. Good to see someone's using it for something useful.

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