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Contemporary Basketry Is So Much
More Than Weaving. 

It’s about creating vessels that hold space, which can
be achieved using a variety of sculptural mediums.


Harriet Goodall’s signature online course Form to Freedom – Weaving for Fibre Sculpture has been designed with this in mind.

Carefully developed as a deep dive into working with plants, fibres, dyeing and the basketry techniques Harriet uses to make her sculptural objects and woven lighting unique and original.

Harriet Goodall invites you into her private studio and promises to free your mind to the endless sculptural possibilities that ancient weaving techniques provide when combined with contemporary basketry. The same techniques and ethical practices she has used to sustain her professional art practice for over 14 years, making her one of Australia’s most loved fibre artists.

All course materials, including self-paced beautifully filmed streaming videos and comprehensive resource guides, are within an easy to use member portal and yours to access and revisit anytime.

Form to Freedom – Weaving For Fibre Sculpture is an investment in your creative education. It’s a worldwide community for enrolled students to come together in a private online forum and share your weaving adventures directly with Harriet, ask questions, bounce ideas, pass knowledge sideways and a resource for life!

In Form to Freedom you’ll learn about…

  • Harvesting materials
  • Making cordage
  • Coiling
  • Knotless netting/looping
  • Open paired twining
  • Random weaving
  • Natural dyeing
  • Sculptural elements
  • Leatherwork
  • The business of Fibre Art

Thanks to Form to Freedom you’ll have a comprehensive library of weaving and basketry techniques that you’ll have access to for life.

There’s also an abundance of ideas and inspiration to springboard your fibre work into unique and original contemporary fibre sculpture that you’ll be proud to share with others.

You’ll also discover just how much weaving can bring people together and make connections.

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Harriet Goodall artist

About Harriet Goodall

Harriet Goodall has dedicated her entire adult life in service to the preservation of culture through her pursuit of weaving.

She has witnessed first hand indigenous weavers in Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan, India, Australia and across southern Africa recognising the universality in coming together to dye and weave in villages and homes.

“I find the community that is created when weaving in a group is soul food and really beneficial to mental health – perhaps mimicking the ‘family model’ of making at home, so prevalent across many countries I have visited around the world.”

Harriet has run an independent art studio making sculpture, lighting and woven installations for private and commercial clients since 2007. She exhibits regularly and has passed on her passion for contemporary basket making techniques through popular workshops across Australia and around the world.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to share my passion and knowledge of weaving with a global audience, embracing the challenge of creating an online community of international weavers to connect with and also learn from.”



Harriet will guide you through the following modules sharing her wisdom along the way.



We start by acknowledging First Nations people as the traditional knowledge keepers. Harriet will teach you to make cordage, an ancient basketry fundamental, which you can then use to create a personal amulet or talisman to bring you good luck while taking the class. This simple skill will keep your hands busy whilst you enjoy listening to Harriet guide you through other modules or during TV shows, car journeys, train and even plane trips.


The wonderful thing about basket making is that you don’t need a whole lot of expensive equipment to get started. Take a walk in nature with Harriet learning about the ethics of harvesting, collecting plant materials from your garden, bush or surrounding streetscape and how to prepare, dry and store those materials to make them suitable for weaving. A comprehensive guide to purchasing materials with a supplier list is also included.



Now you know what plant materials are suitable for weaving and how to prepare them, it’s time to get weaving! Finding inspiration from nature, using the popular technique of random weaving Harriet will walk you through two different sculptural forms. Teaching you the fundamental techniques of random or free-form weaving, so you can create woven sculptures that will hold their form in whatever shape you want!


Knotless netting or looping is used by contemporary artists worldwide to create lace-like weaving and is one of Harriet’s favourite techniques to use in her fibre sculpture and lighting. In this module, Harriet will teach you three different looping stitches using waxed linen and hemp so you can get excited by creating contrast through the opacity and transparency this technique provides.


If you’re looking to get more intentional and sculptural with your new looping skills, then this module is for you! You’re now going to loosen up and have some fun with different looping techniques as Harriet shares how to use them in sculptural ways incorporating sticks and stones, vines and copper wire. You’ll learn various ways to create contrasting patterns and textures, cover objects completely and even mimic nature with random looping techniques.


It’s time to start mixing your media. In this module, Harriet will show you how you can use the traditional basketry technique known as coiling to use purchased or leafy materials from the garden and mix them with ceramics – Think of it as a collaboration between coiling and clay!  Starting with a traditional basket weavers buttonhole stitch taught to Harriet by Indigenous Australian women that she has worked with before moving on to a spiral and V stitch. You’ll learn how to start and finish a basket and to coil onto the clay. 


It’s time to free yourself further, working with soft and hard fibres and enjoying the sculptural opportunities that open-paired twining can provide. This is Harriet’s go-to technique that she uses for her bespoke lighting and one of her most popular live workshops. Developed on a trip to Vietnam, Harriet will walk you through the steps to create a beautiful open fish trap style basket before stepping you through the more traditional stake and strand technique starting from the bottom up using soft fibres. You’re going to love this module!


So you have bought and harvested some materials, and naturally, you’re looking for some variety in the colours you can work with. However, dye on plant fibres can be fugitive. In this module, Harriet will show you ways to enhance your weaving materials using powdered colour and the various natural dyes she has discovered work best for plant materials. She’ll even share her secret mordant discovery that, when combined with a rusty vinegaroon recipe, will instantly transform the colour of your plant materials like magic!


It’s time to combine your new basketry skills and create a random woven pod-shaped vessel to hold space with a wire basket armature. You’ll discover a way to rust dye your fabric, further enhance your sculptures with embroidery and stitch, and discover different surface treatments to harden and preserve your work to create contemporary wall hangings and 3D sculptures. 

The possibilities are endless!

Harriet Goodall weaving artwork - Form to Freedom Online Art Course with Fibre Arts Take Two

Why Enrol in a Fibre Arts Take Two Signature Course?

Joining Form to Freedom includes:

  • Lifetime access: Revisit the course content anytime you want to refresh your skills or find new inspiration and insights.
  • Learning at your own pace: When it comes to working through the course modules you choose when and where. Learn at your own pace, in your own space.
  • Student community group: Engage with like-minded artists and form connections that could last a lifetime.
  • Two live Q&A sessions: Get direct feedback and insights from Harriet herself.
  • 8 Weeks of tutor support: Harriet will be there to guide you, answer your questions, and help you overcome any artistic hurdles.
  • Showcasing your artwork: your enrolment includes an invitation to participate in an online student exhibition.

View Past Students Work Here

Click the image below to flip through an online exhibition by Form to Freedom alumni.

Register now to be notified when this course becomes available.

By submitting your email address and registering your interest, you agree to receive information about this course, one monthly eNewsletter and weekly Friday Feature Artist interview updates via email, in accordance with our Privacy Policy. We will never share or sell your personal information.