Learn the fun and versatile random weaving basketry technique using hard materials such as vines, reed and cane.

Random weave hard fibres such as vines, cane, wicker or reed.

You’ll learn:

  • what materials to use
  • how to prepare them
  • how to start the baskets
  • how to finish the basket
  • how to add inclusions
  • how to create the shape
  • how to attach handles.

There are two types of random weave techniques - soft and hard fibres. In this course I teach you the hard fibres technique with both foraged and store bought material.

I adore the technique of random weave. If you have seen any of my sculptures, you will know most of them are based on random weave.

It’s such a versatile technique that allows you to make stunning baskets and sculptural forms.

It’s a basketry technique that once you’ve learnt the fundamentals, you can unleash your creativity and apply it to so many materials and forms to create a range of beautiful baskets and sculptures.

It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. And you get lifetime access.

This random weaving with hard fibres course is for you if:

  • You want to learn how the learn the ancient basketry technique of random weaving, but don’t know where to start.
  • You don’t have any experience in basketry at all! Even if you do, there is so much to learn. 
  • You’re looking for a fun, relaxing creative outlet, and an enjoyable way to spend your downtime.

By the end of this course, not only will have gorgeous baskets, but you will be a confident in this basketry technique.

Learning at your own pace, this practical course is suitable for beginners and intermediate weavers, and you will end finished baskets or sculptures and confidence to do more!

NOTE: if you want to learn how to random weave both hard and soft fibres see the course: 'Comprehensive random weaving with two techniques and multiple materials for every level' $120 (Link at bottom of page)

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What students say...


"It is not always that the practitioner can teach, but despite her own high level of skill, Catriona is a wonderful and inspirational teacher." - Sarah

"My very first basket. Finally I had a chance to give it a go. Your instructions are brilliant Catriona." - Krystyna

"Just started my weaving and loving the simplicity of the videos." - Helen

"Love twinning, thanks for the inspiration and learning Catriona." -Liz

"I loved playing with the materials and am delighted with what I came up with. I’m looking forward to incorporating it into my art practice. Thank you, Catriona, for being such a generous and kind teacher." Gillian

"Thank you Catriona, the instructions are perfect so easy to follow. I love working with found wood and seagrass." - Corina

"These courses have been so inspiring and very relevant to my art practice - I am really enjoying the making process using these techniques and the journey that they are taking me." - Anne


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Catriona Pollard - basketry artist and teacher

As a practicing basketry artist and teacher, my unique sculptural work offers glimpses of shapeshifting natural forms, from unnoticed branches, leaves and seedpods into stunning works that celebrate the abundance of nature.

I use foraged and discarded plant material with traditional basketry and assemblage techniques to reimagine nature.

My art is about truly seeing the extraordinary in everyday moments. Simply, it’s about being still, and letting the beauty surface.

I’ve had several solo exhibitions and exhibited extensively in selected and group exhibitions. I've been finalist in many art awards including Emerging Artist of the Year Craft NSW, Ravenswood Women’s Art Prize, Northern Beaches Art Prize, North Sydney Art Prize, Warringah Art Prize, and Mosman Art Gallery.

While predominately self-taught, I've had valuable learning experiences many wonderful weavers including Jillian Culey, Judy Dominic, Mary Hettmansperger, Tim Johnson, Robyn Djunginy, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Mavis Ganambarr, Meri Peach, (the late) Jim Wallis and acclaimed Australian basket artist (the late) Virginia Kaiser.

I teach sold out workshops in my studio in Sydney, week long residentials at art schools and also internationally.

My artwork is profiled across major art and design media and is featured nationally in galleries, high end design spaces and private collections. Read more about me and my work at www.theartofweaving.com.au

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I’ve never woven before?

If you’ve never done weaving before – perfect! You’ll love the step by step instructions where you can go at your own pace. It’s all video so you can see what I’m doing while I’m explaining it, so that makes it very visual and easy to follow.

I’m a practiced weaver, is it too easy for me?

If you know both styles I’m teaching that’s great, but if not then you will absolutely learn new techniques. (As a side note, even as an experienced weaver I go to workshops where I know the technique because I always learn new things. But that just me – I love learning).

What if I’m not creative?

I think that everyone is creative, but we need to put ourselves in environments where we explore that creativity. I’ll walk you through the techniques step by step and give you the space to get creative. Anyone can take this course and end up with stunning baskets.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.

What if I am unhappy with the course?

I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase please contact me.

Why is it in US dollars?

I wanted to include PayPal as a payment option because I use it the most myself when buying online, but this platform forces US currency if I want to include this PayPal option. It gets automatically converted to your chosen currency for payment.