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Basketry courses

The weaving of unspun vegetable fibres into a basket is an ancient traditional craft practised across the world. The fibres that can be utilised are reeds, willow, pine straw, animal hair, hide or even baleen from the jaw of a whale. Baskets may be simple and quick to make or highly decorative, they may be all-purpose carriers or designed for a specific function. Sometimes the woven basket may have a religious or spiritual function or it may just be good to put the firewood in. Why not learn how to make a fun and functional basket or a decorative artefact for your garden - you can be as creative as you like once you have mastered the basic principles. Our course providers are all experts and willing to share their skills with students of all abilities - so have a go at basketry and make a special gift that is both beautiful and practical.

£150
Yorkshire - Next course on 27th April 2019
These 2 day courses are designed for beginners and intermediates. In my beautiful, light studio in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, spend a weekend learning basketry techniques to weave your own strong storage basket with a unique wooden handle, a traditional English Shopper or a really sturdy log basket! (1 day courses are also available) Go to my website for more information and to see everything I have coming up. I also teach at other venues across...
£295
Hampshire - Next course on 8th May 2019
Back by popular demand, this is a very special and unique course giving you a full experience of working with the generous delights of red cedar. Spend 3 days in the forest, submerging yourself in the whole process of harvesting tree bark, roots and creating woven utensils. The first day will involve harvesting the bark from the tree source, discussing traditional methods and modern restraints and choosing the best material. Time will also be spent...
£70
Hampshire - Next course on 27th April 2019
Our renowned expert, Louise Arthur spends considerable time over the winter months gathering and harvesting materials from hedgerows and gardens for your exclusive use. We feel spoiled as she doesn’t do this for any of her other courses! This day is a celebration of the many plant materials growing in our hedgerows, woodlands and gardens which we can use to make frame baskets of great beauty. A truly sensory course working with natural hand foraged...
£195
Hampshire - Next course on 8th June 2019
Sweet chestnut bark is a superb material to make baskets with being both strong and flexible. On this two day course led by Nick McMillen; students will be shown how to prepare bark and then to weave a small foraging basket with a steam bent chestnut handle. Day one will begin with looking at tree bark and the different ways it can be utilised in basketry. We will also discuss how to source, gather and...
£70
Cumbria - Next course on 18th June 2019
Create a decorative and functional version of the well-loved garden trug to transport and display your garden bounties; flowers veg. or kindling. An excellent introduction to basket making. Discover the smell, creak and relaxing rhythm of weaving with supple willow. No previous experience required. Hannah Ehlert trained for three years in a coppice worker apprenticeship with a variety of crafts people at the Bill Hogarth Memorial Trust. She has run successful creative green wood-working courses...
£65
Lancashire
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 top left of this...
£75
Norfolk - Next course on 21st July 2019
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 make a round basket with a handle, in the traditional English style, using English willow, and will also give advice on...
£220
Perth & Kinross
Jane Wilkinson from Special Branch Baskets has teamed up with Alyth Craft Tourism to provide a unique crafting experience.   On our 3 day basket weaving course you will be able to learn an ancient craft whilst still having the opportunity to enjoy the natural peace and the splendid scenery that the local landscape has to offer.  Alyth is nestled at the foothills of the Cairngorm Plateau at the start of the Perthshire & Angus Glens....
£80
Surrey - Next course on 22nd June 2019
The Zarzo basket supposedly originated in Northern Spain where it was used by cheese makers for draining cheese. The rounded flower basket on this course is a great basket for beginners, being very structural and methodical and not to strenuous on the hands and fingers. The course starts with an introduction to willow, where it is grown, its preparation and the different varieties you can weave with. Working in pairs to set the basket up,...
£220
Cumbria - Next course on 22nd June 2019
This workshop is suitable for those that are completely new to working with wood and participants do not need any prior experience of weaving. Adults only, or over 16 when accompanied by a paying adult. This workshop will be limited to 8 participants. The workshop will focus specifically on the following areas: • Choosing a suitable tree for harvesting splint material • Pounding a log to create splints • Grading splints suitable for different elements...