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Leaf Trading Post

Plying and Cordage course, Leaf Trading PostPlying and Cordage course, Leaf Trading Post

 Twists and plies, things with string

Learn the basics of plying, using natural and modern materials; learn hints and tips, and make projects using all of the above. By the end of the course you'll have the confidence to make a varied range of things using your new skills.


Earth pigments, Leaf Trading PostEarth pigments, Leaf Trading Post


 Earth pigments,
and modern uses

Learn all about earth pigments and how they can be used with a range of different mediums, for projects small and large. 


Braid weaving 

Learn how to weave braids, both simple and patterned. It's a great skill, and uses a small kit of simple and portable equipment - a backstrap type loom/heddle and shuttle. I make wooden shuttles for this here in the workshop.  

 Braid weaving, Leaf Trading PostBraid weaving, Leaf Trading Post

The next workshop coming up is at
Created by Hand, Nottinghamshire,
in early 2022 - dates to be confirmed.

I'm a member of the Braid Society and am listed as a tutor and supplier on their website




Ply-split braiding

A fascinating, complex and creative form of weaving, like basketry but with high-twist cords that are made to suit the intended project. I make my own tools for this - the gripfids are available here.

Cord winder and gripfid, Helen LeafCord winder and gripfid, Helen Leaf

Ply-split basket workshop, Helen LeafPly-split basket workshop, Helen Leaf


I'm happy to teach workshops in ply-split braiding once in-person workshops and travel restrictions allow.

I'm listed in the Low-impact network, which you can find out more about here