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Transformation through Cordage

  • October 12, 2023
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Zoom



Transformation through Cordage

Transformation through Cordage
Saoirse Byrne

Turning worn, beloved, or ragged garments and fabrics into beautiful and strong lengths of cord that can be worn and used anew.

Cordage goes by many names- string, thread, twine, rope, yarn- humans have been making cordage for at least 60,000 years. It is the process of taking two or more lengths of fibers and twisting them individually in one direction and twisting them back on themselves in the opposite direction. In doing so, shorter and weaker fibres can be turned into lengths that are long and strong.

The process is fun, simple, and repetitive in a way that leaves room for conversation, laughter, contemplation. Cordage making is accessible to folks who would not consider themselves crafty as well as to artists wanting to explore another way of engaging with materials.

Perhaps there is fabric in your life that is dear to you that no longer serves in its current form. This workshop is an invitation to explore this ancient process and transform something meaningful to you; adding your own energy as your hands find the rhythm of the making. Come away with an understanding of how to turn materials in your life into beautiful and useful lengths of cord, whether to wrap a gift, hang as a garland or wear as a necklace or hatband.

Prerequisites: NA

Materials/Equipment to be Provided by Participants: Old, worn, or loved fibers in the form of an old t-shirt, silk handkerchief or thin scarf, cotton blouse or button down shirt. Saoirse will provide a hand out prior to the workshop guiding folks on the kinds of fibers to select and how to prepare them for the workshop.

Date: Thursday, October 12, 2023

Location: Zoom

Time: 7:00-8:30pm

Cost: $20

Class size: unlimited

For more information contact:  
Jane McAtee,

Current HGB Members receive priority on Workshop registration. Non-members will be placed on a waiting list and contacted by the Programs Chair.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Workshop fees are payable to HGB and due with the registration form. Refunds are made only if another or (wait list) person can fill your space. If the workshop is canceled by HGB, you will receive a full refund.

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