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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.

Next course on 5th November 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...
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...
Next course on 14th October 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.
Next course on 27th September 2017
Learn how to make baskets from foraged materials which we gather on the day from the woodland site. On offer is a wide variety of techniques and materials including bramble, bark, bone, wild rose, grass, reed mace, bulrush. Courses are scheduled to coincide with the seasonal availability of plants for foraging. Learn about the whole cycle of production- harvesting the raw materials & processing them, through to completing a beautiful and useful basket to take...
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...
Next course on 11th November 2017
Come along and treat yourself or a loved one to this wonderful willow reindeer workshop. Learn the basic skills and techniques used to create something wonderful. It's sure to be a fun day so get booked up now as this proves to be very popular. Not only will you leave at the end of the day with new knowledge and skills, but also a work of art to be decorated with fairy lights for your...
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...
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.
Next course on 23rd November 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...
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...