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.
Create a beautiful organic willow basket perfect for harvesting fruit and garden produce, foraging or collecting eggs.
During this two-day course you will discover the techniques and principles used to make this ancient form of basket.
You will learn how to construct a frame for your weaving using willow hoops and traditional binding methods, and explore shaping options as ribs are introduced before and during the weaving process. Hazel will demonstrate each process and explain...
Picnic Hamper - A wonderful workshop weaving your very own picnic hamper in the delightful setting that is Tiny Homes Holidays. What better way to spend the day than learning this ancient craft with something rustic and beautiful that you can take home with you. A picnic hamper is something to treasure for the memories evoked of summer days out with family and friends. Made in traditional buff or add a bit of colour detail...
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...
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...
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.
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.
Learn about the whole cycle of production- harvesting the raw materials & processing them, through to completing a beautiful and useful basket to take home with you. Please note: courses are scheduled to coincide with the seasonal...
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) baskets and woven spherical polyhedra.
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...
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
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...