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.
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)
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This special course is run only once a year at the historic Towneley Park in Burnley within the Old Walled Garden of Offshoots Permaculture Project. Over the weekend you learn tree & plant identification walking through the park and we'll collect weavable, woody material to make a basket with. Then in the afternoon and the second day we'll weave a basket!!
These baskets are the most simple of all baskets to weave and a variety...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
This is a wonderful opportunity to make your own personal woven rush hat, Mat, Bag or tableware in a day, using the native common bulrush (Scirpus Lacustris).
For the hats you will start with your own custom-made hat block, you will learn how to weave this wonderfully supple material using techniques common to basketry, to create a unique hat to wear and treasure.
On other days there are courses on Rush Bags, Rush floor Mats...
Please note: Our 9 February 2019 Course date is fully booked. Please contact us to find out the next Course date.
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...
Willow basket making workshop in Stockton on Tees.
Come along and enjoy the day learning to make this lovely and very useful basket. Learn a new skill and some basic techniques of willow work and take home with you your very own work of art.
Level - beginners.