Baling twine became baskets at recent weaving workshop

CREATIVE: Celia, Christine, Brenda, Astrid and Fran at the Waste 2 Art Baling Twine and Strapping workshop.

CREATIVE: Celia, Christine, Brenda, Astrid and Fran at the Waste 2 Art Baling Twine and Strapping workshop.

BALING twine was reworked into delightful baskets at the Waste 2 Art weaving workshop on Saturday.

Sally Blackwell of Waste Not Fibre Designs, Kurrajong encouraged the group of new weavers.

"Don't try to be a perfectionist. You are learning, so be patient," she said.

"Starting is always the hardest part, but when you have created something from 'nothing' it is so satisfying and weaving can become addictive."

IMPRESSIVE: The 2018 Waste 2 Art winner Mikaela Piper with her recycled polystyrene sculpture "white elephant".

IMPRESSIVE: The 2018 Waste 2 Art winner Mikaela Piper with her recycled polystyrene sculpture "white elephant".

And it was.

Sally showed the group how to create baskets using coiling and twining techniques with that indestructible baling twine found on farms, and trendy garden mobiles made from the blue strapping used in packaging manufactured goods. Creations can also be enhanced with natural fibres, cloth and decorative beads and buttons.

Thanks to Oberon Council sponsoring the workshop, Oberon has been given an insight into reusing and repurposing another waste material. Help yourself to donated baling twine from a box in the Oberon Library.

Sally Blackwell will be back in May with Sharon Howard from Gang Gang Gallery Lithgow to judge the Oberon Waste 2 Art Competition. Entry forms to be in by May 1 and finished work to be handed in by May 10 for the exhibition which will run from May 15 to 18 at the Robert Hooper Community Centre.

Oberon has the honour of hosting the longer running Regional W2A exhibition of winners from July 29 to August 17 at the Malachi Gilmore Hall. For more information, contact council on 6329 8100.