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.
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...
Try your hand at hexagonal weave basketry and make a hexagonal-weave basket while discovering pattern and unity in nature and many of the world’s traditional cultures. Deepen your understanding of the order in nature and how to apply principles of harmony such as the golden ratio into your work and design practice. You'll also learn how to weave a traditional willow tatza (celtic knot) basket and woven spheres.
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...
Perth & Kinross
- Next course on 19th October 2018
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...
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...
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.
Start time: 9.30am - 4pm
On this full day workshop, you will learn the basic techniques and skills which will enable you to create a wonderful willow chicken, duck or pheasant
No garden is complete without one.
Served with lots of tea and coffee throughout the day, you will thoroughly enjoy yourself learning a new craft.
Join tutor Averil Otiv and learn all about soft basketry techniques. Learn to weave rushes and long leaves from your garden into a variety of useful containers. Garlic baskets, a glasses case, bread baskets and even waste paper bins from old style linen based OS maps are just a few ideas. Over the course of the day it will be possible to produce several containers, maybe 3 or 4 depending on your choice.
Popular Willow Weaving and Basketry tutor Phil Bradley is leading 2 day workshops in the weaving skills necessary to make a traditional Frame Basket on the April course or an English Round Basket in September.
Phil’s gentle, relaxed teaching style will guide you through the various weaving patterns for the different parts of the basket - the base, sides, and the final edging for the English basket, and the frame, ribs, the body weaves and...
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.
If you feel inspired and would like to attend one of the basket weaving workshops, please ring Emma Bird on the number above. Alternatively, please call 07815 710618