Credit to Ruby Taylor

Bone needles

Saturday 21 April 2018


The course

Spend a day making bone needles using only Stone Age tools and techniques (flint and stone) to work deer bone into these beautiful and useful needles.

Other items made from these materials will be on hand for you to look at and handle. And we’ll consider the historical context, with reference to the Paleolithic. You’ll probably go home with a new sense of respect for the technical skills of Stone Age peoples. Join our grass baskets course and use your bone needle to make your basket just as our ancient ancestors would have.

The tutor

Ruby Taylor is a is an artist maker working with plant fibres and clay. She is also a qualified teacher with 20 years’ experience. Ruby is appreciated for her ability to teach the techniques of basketry and pottery with clarity, patience and humour. Her courses are popular for their relaxed and inclusive atmosphere and she regularly runs courses in Sussex woodland as Native Hands. From both extensive formal training and her own experimentation, Ruby has a breadth and depth of knowledge.

She was a team member of East Sussex Archaeology and Museums Partnership (2009 – 2016 ), where she taught ancient craft and technology to all ages, including the construction of prehistoric-style dwellings. She regularly delivers training and courses to Heritage and Cultural organisations including English Heritage (Stonehenge), Historic England, Pitt Rivers Museum and Sussex Past.

As a practising artist, Ruby was commissioned by Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (Wakehurst) to make large scale, site specific sculptures in 2014 and 2017.

Participant information

It is advisable to wear layers as the course is in the Building Crafts Gallery.

Fee and refreshments

£80 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees. Vegetarian refreshments will be provided, if you have any other dietary requirements please let us know in advance.


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