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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.

£150
Yorkshire - Next course on 19th January 2019
These 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 to see everything I have coming up and the other venues I work from. I also host other courses from...
£175
Isle of Wight - Next course on 16th November 2018
This course is now full .... next course will be listed very soon and will be log baskets! Come and stay at Tiny Homes Holidays and make a willow sculpture for your garden on this 2 day workshop. This lifesized deer will look amazing in your garden or indoors – you could dress it up for Christmas! This is our third workshop with Amanada and this time we will be making a Willow sculpture in...
£100
Lancashire - Next course on 19th January 2019
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...
£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...
£70
Norfolk - Next course on 2nd December 2018
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...
£65
East Sussex - Next course on 9th November 2018
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.
£220
Perth & Kinross - Next course on 19th October 2018
DESCRIPTION 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...
£190
Cumbria
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...
£120
Northamptonshire
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...
£95
Herefordshire - Next course on 9th February 2019
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