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.
Get creative and make yourself this wonderful elegant dragonfly for your garden or pond. Learn the basic skills and techniques of willow weaving. It will look great on your fence or wall. Can be made as small as you like right up to around 5 foot long.
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...
Ash splint basketry is a new and exciting craft being introduced to the UK. An ash log is pounded to separate the individual growth ring layers which are woven into lightweight, elegant and strong baskets. Traditionally carried out in the US, Steve learned to make these baskets with April Stone-Dahl, an Ojibwe craftswoman from Wisconsin. You will learn about pounding, grading and preparing splints and the skills to weave a practical and beautiful fruit basket....
- Next course on 10th February 2019
You can make a multi-coloured round shopping basket on this one day course. Learn ancient weaving techniques and take home your own creation. Jon and Becky are both qualified teachers and have been teaching basket making for 25 years. We have taught many hundreds of people to make their own coloured willow baskets using locally grown and Somerset willows. Other courses are also available.
If you are a beginner and you want to make a...
Learn to make a willow basket in the beautiful Stanwick Lakes nature reserve!
Our one day Basket Making course is the perfect introduction to one of the oldest crafts known, basket remains dating back to 8,000BC have been found in Egypt!
During our ‘Introductory Day’ you will learn the traditional skills necessary to make a small round willow basket for holding fruit, bread, vegetables etc. Working with buff willow that has been pre-soaked and mellowed,...
A great opportunity to spend time with a professional basket maker to make a range of baskets of your choice including Shopping baskets, log baskets and oval baskets depending on individual experience.
You will learn:
- To source and select suitable material
- Work with a selection of willow
- To use necessary tools
- Different weaving techniques
The course is tailored to suit a range of abilities for beginners, intermediates and experienced improvers. Rachel...
One day basket making course in the South-West.
Spend the day making a basket woven from Somerset willow with experienced local tutor, Paul Windwood. With only five places per course you will get plenty of tuition from Paul who will ensure you have a beautifully crafted basket to take home with you at the end of the course.
This is a relaxed and informative day where you will learn lots about the history of basket...
This workshop is the perfect introduction to the ancient art of basket making and will see you making an attractive platter and a small herb basket - in a day!
Making baskets is a fascinating skill to learn and the process can be extremely therapeutic. Your experienced tutor has been making baskets since the early 1990's, preferring to work with unstripped willow, a lot of which she grows herself.
This workshop is a suitable for...
Learn how to make a traditional round basket using English willow. The day will start with instruction on types of willow, choosing, buying and planting your own materials. You will learn at least 3 different weaves plus a border technique. You will take home a completed basket which could be used for serving bread or many other things. This course is part of the art and craft week so you can book on other days...
On this course you will learn how to make a basket from Hedgerow materials. Students learn the basics about materials growth harvesting storing and preparation and learn basic tool skills. This course will be taught in a beautiful private woodland and will be fully outdoors. You will complete a basket to take home on the day.