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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 9th April 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 and basketry 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...
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Learn how to make baskets from foraged materials which we gather on the day from the woodland site. Dates are flexible, please fill in the email form above for more information. Learn about the whole cycle of production- harvesting the raw materials & processing them, through to completing a beautiful and useful object to take home with you. Suitable for all levels including beginners. Mainly designed for adults but teens of 16+ are welcome if...
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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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Topics include - Willow Angels (Nov 2015); Garden Structures (April 2016); Basket Making (May 2016) - 2 day course price £120; Curlews (September 2016) 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...
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Next course on 14th October 2017
2 day basket making course in the Stanwick Lakes nature reserve - suitable for beginners and more advanced learners. Our 1 day ‘Introduction to Basket Making’ course has been so popular we now provide a 2 day course as well. It is still suitable for people who are new to basket making but is also designed for those who would like to develop their skills and techniques further. Beginners will have the rewarding experience of...
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About the Basket Weaving Workshops The basket weaving workshops are run in small groups of 4-6 people and cater for those who are new to basket weaving as well as those wishing to rekindle their skills. This ensures you receive one-to-one support and guidance on a variety of willow weaving techniques. Contact Details If you feel inspired and would like to attend one of the basket weaving workshops, please ring Emma Bird on: 01570 434600...
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Next course on 11th February 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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Next course on 9th November 2017
A 2 day course to make your very own willow reindeer sculpture. The theme for this course will be to make a 3 foot high reindeer in time for this Christmas season. The course will cover the techniques required and all the tools and materials are supplied including the wire frame. The tutor for the day is local willow weaver and artist Sue Kirk. Sue will also cover how to care for your sculpture so...
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Next course on 6th June 2017
Click through above to see our website and browse our full 2017 course programme. Tues 6th June 2017 Hares Wed 7th June Sheep Wed 19th July Hares Thurs 20th July Deer Thur 16th Nov Sheep Friday 17th Nov Hens & Cockerels Tue 5th December Hares Wed 6th Dec Angels Willow Hares: Make a life size willow hare to nestle in your garden border - looking alarmed - as they do. Willow Deer: Spend your day...