Native Hands workshop – crafts, foraging & nature connection

I spent a wonderful day in the Sussex countryside near Lewes at a workshop run by Ruby Taylor. We made stitched bark containers and started with gathering the bark and went through the whole making process and brought home a finished container.Wild hands Mary's container 18052013 0232 PMS

Here’s my stitched bark container in progress

Not only did we learn new skills and knowledge about trees and woodlands but we spent a peaceful day in beautiful surroundings around an open fire, with dappled sun, and in good company. Ruby passed on her enthusiasm for making things from natural materials, respecting our environment and enriching our experiences by enjoying and appreciating our surroundings.

Here are some of the things that you can make on one of Ruby’s workshops.

Some of  Ruby's samples

Some of Ruby's samples

You can find out more on her website: http//

It was a fantastic birthday present and one of the best I’ve ever had!


About Mary Sleigh

Textile artist, tutor and author - passionate about fabrics, stitching and helping others to develop ideas.
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