Saturday Crafternoon at Great Dane Furniture

Sunday, 17 June 2012

I spent yesterday afternoon at the Great Dane paper cording workshop. I was eager to learn the Scandinavian craft of paper cording and (just quietly) extremely keen to get my hands on the grand prize — a Moller bench! I set off with my talented friend Lauren, to learn a thing or two about this amazing art.

The turn out was great. Crafty Melbournians of all ages gathered together around a communal table at the beautiful
Great Dane showroom in Collingwood. We were supplied with 2 tones of paper cord and an assortment of sweet goodies (thanks to Great Dane's collaboration with Expresso Syndicate & Kouzina de Pattiserie).

Rob Pink, of Pink & Sons, was on hand to explain the process and demonstrate the technique, while Suzie Stanford and the lovely staff at Great Dane Furniture were there to lend moral support whenever our creations took slightly unpredictable turns. Seriously, it's no easy feet working with this durable cord — we tried everything, knotting, weaving, wrapping. In the end, I took to the glue gun like a moth to a flame, and in doing so finally found a successful approach.

(Left) Rob Pink of Pink & Sons

The results were gorgeous. People created bottles, baskets, macrame wall hangings and toys. Lauren and I eventually finished our bottle designs. They may not win us the # 63 Moller bench but they were great fun to create.

Bottom Right - Mine and Lauren's creations

All the pieces are currently on display at the Great Dane showroom, and you can learn a little more about JL Moller here.


  1. Hellooo new blogger! So excited to see you in the blogosphere!
    This looks super fun! Did you know I won that bench? Getting it soon. Exciting!

  2. Thanks Ella! Camille mentioned you won a bench a few weeks back, but I didn't realise it was a MOLLER bench! Congrats, I'm very jealous!


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