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Willow weaving and basketry are ancient traditional crafts practised across the world. Materials used are reeds, willow, pine straw, animal hair, hide or even baleen from the jaw of a whale. Basket and willow weaving produce decorating and useful items such as shopping baskets, ‘live’ fences, garden structures and firewood baskets. You can be as creative as you like with willow weaving and basketry once you have mastered the basic principles.

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Next course on 7th May 2017
The one day courses take place in a community hall in Dereham, Norfolk and run from 9.15 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. You will find the ‘making a small fruit picking basket’ course is ‘full on’, packing a lot into one day, and is aimed at those with patience and stamina (and a fair amount of agility) who would like to master the craft of willow basketmaking. The day will teach all the techniques required to...
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Willow work Is my passion and I am happiest sharing this with others who are interested in learning rural and traditional craft. Courses are bespoke and flexible arranged to meet the needs of the individual including the choice of product/s. From simple weaving such as willow bird feeders to more complicated baskets or animal sculptures all are suitable for beginners and those wishing to develop their skills. Please see the images lower down this page...
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Next course on 17th May 2017
Come along and make your very own willow piglet to complete your garden. On this workshop, you will learn the basic techniques to enable you to create your very own masterpiece to take home with you in a fun and relaxing environment. Lunch is not provided, so you will need to bring a packed lunch with you. Please wear warm clothes should the weather be slightly cold.
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Next course on 8th December 2017
Come & join Deb for a fun day at The Butterfly Studio where you will learn how to make a willow door wreath and swag for Christmas. All natural materials using the traditional method of willow weaving for the base of the wreath adding a selection of seasonal materials which may include some or all of the following subject to availability, cones, oranges cinnamon sticks and a variety foliage to create a beautiful Christmas wreath....
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Next course on 6th May 2017
Learn to sculpt your own small willow animal in the grounds of my home in the beautiful setting of Donington Le Heath. We can work indoors or outdoors (weather permitting). To start off with I would recommend a small animal or bird as the craft is very time consuming and I want you to leave with a finished piece of willow sculpture. I will show you the techniques I use to make the sculpture from...
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Learn how to make baskets from foraged materials which we gather on the day from the woodland site. Courses are scheduled to coincide with the seasonal availability of plants for foraging. Please see the Native Hands website button (above) for the next course. Learn about the whole cycle of production- harvesting the raw materials & processing them, through to completing a beautiful and useful basket to take home with you. On offer is a wide...
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You will create a willow animal sculpture, choose the workshop you fancy ranging from pigs, deer, rabbit, pheasant, sheep and more similar to that in the pictures. These workshops are held in my 22ft Yurt which is a short walk from the car park over grass. You will learn how to create sculptures that will look at home in your garden. I also run workshops at Beningbrough Hall, The Yorkshire Arboretum, the Blacksmith Shop Crafts...
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Next course on 19th June 2017
Spend a day at our Butterfly Art & Craft Studio and learn how to make a fun and functional basket ~ a special gift that is both beautiful and practical. Our basket weaving workshops take place with a maximum of six students to ensure that you receive one to one support and guidance in this introduction to the ancient craft of willow basket weaving. The workshop is suitable for those who are new to basket...
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Next course on 22nd July 2017
Learn how to make a lip-work straw skep.  You will make your skep from a long straw wheat with cane lapping. The Course tutor, Chris Park, will explain how to split bramble and willow as needed. You will be able to make about one third of your skep during the day, and take home the skills, tools, and materials to finish off at home.
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Next course on 29th June 2017
Topics include - Garden Structures (April 2017); Curlews (June 2017); Basket Making (September 2017) - 2 day course price £120; Xmas Angels (November 2017) The tutor Phil Bradley lives in NW Cumbria near Cockermouth where he grows a total of 37 different varieties of sustainable willow on several local sites. This is harvested once the leaves have dropped in early winter and the rods are then sorted and bundled together for storage in an unheated...