Fresh Water Rush Minitures and Fiascos Basketry Course with Rosie Farey Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd March 2024


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Time: 10.00am-4.30pm. Price: £190

Very excited to welcome back Rosie Farey for a second 2 day course with me at Creative with Nature.

This time she will be teaching Fiasco style weaving and her signature miniture rush baskets.

A ‘fiasco’ is a typical Italian style of bottle, usually with a round body and bottom, partially or completely covered with a close-fitting straw basket

On the course you will weave around bottles or vessels of your choice to make your own version of a ‘Fiasco’ bottle.   Learn to weave on this immersive course. You will also have the chance to weave a  miniature  rush basket if you wish.

Inspired by the original ‘fiasco’ bottles, Rosie made them for several family members to use to put olive oil in so she calls them ‘olive oil bottles’.   The oil seems to preserve the rush really well and brings out interesting discolourations.

‘Fiasco’ in Italian means to fail, an expression which has been traced back to the ancient glass blowing craft when, sometime during the 14th Century, a mistake in the manufacture resulted in a round bottomed vessel which couldn’t stand upright and was known as a failure of a bottle.


  • selection of different types & lengths of Rush
  • preparation of rush
  • designing for strength & stability
  • creating traditional & modern weaves
  • controlling shapes & pattern
  • use of basic basketry tools & techniques
  • PPE (personal protective equipment) selection & use
  • health & safety related to rush work



This course is suitable for beginners and intermediates or those who have only produced baskets on courses before.

You must have good mobility in hands & feet & be able to stand whilst working.

Please bring with you an old towel.

Level- beginner/ intermediate

The Willows tea and coffee house on the ground floor of the building will keep you refreshed during your course with the selection of rainforest alliance coffee, ethical loose teas, award-winning cakes and a small selection of savouries.

Course Booking Terms and Conditions:

Receipt of payment secures your place and is none refundable. Please see T&C page for full T&C’s. When booking you are agreeing to these terms.