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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.

If you are a beginner or improver come along and choose your own willow project. This is a relaxed class which offers you a convenient regular weekly 3 hour session to develop your skills. Students are welcome to drop in for one or more sessions. Please contact me for specific dates and times. Some of my students have got a lot out of a short regular slot which fits in with their lives. So come...
Willow weaving is a traditional skill that has evolved over centuries. Our workshops give you a chance to learn different weaving techniques and build confidence to be creative in the items you make - for garden and home. Each workshop focuses on a specific technique and helps you gain confidence and skill in working with this wonderful natural material. For groups of 6 or more people, please get in touch for details of bespoke courses.
Warwickshire - Next course on 27th July 2019
In this workshop we will make two types of natural willow bird feeders each for you to hang in your garden. This will give you a good introduction to working with willow and to make a functional item for you to take home. These feeders will be suitable for popping in fat balls and other bird feed (not supplied) so will suit many visiting birds. Why not treat yourself to this fun and informal workshop...
Karen Lawrence has been weaving baskets for 10 years. She holds a level 3 City and Guilds weaving qualification from City Lit. She was made a Yeoman member of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers in 2018 and is a member of the Basketry Association. Learn how to weave a sturdy 5ft plant support for your garden. Students will learn lobster pot weave to shape their willow wigwam and also a willow binding knot to hold...
A fun and relaxed afternoon of craft - no experience necessary. You'll be shown how to make a simple wreath base from birch twigs and other natural materials. We'll then decorate paper mache eggs and create flowers from ribbon and hessian. All elements will be combined to create a colourful wreath to celebrate the arrival of spring.
Warwickshire - Next course on 27th July 2019
Learn how to make a traditional tension tray. These are a great introduction to willow weaving, where the tension placed by the willow rods holds the tray together. Your finished piece can have many functions – as a bread server, fruit platter, flower display base, or as a traditional piece to decorate your wall. Each participant will create one tension tray at least to take home, plus a second or a mini version as a...
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 or right up to around 5 foot long.
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. If you feel inspired and would like to attend one of the basket weaving workshops, please ring Emma Bird on the number above. Alternatively, please call 07815 710618
Devon - Next course on 20th June 2020
Suitable for beginners, you will be gently guided through the process of making a simple Frame basket with tutors Suzanne & Richard Kerwood who have been growing willow and making baskets for 21 years. We start at 9.30am. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available all day if you want to arrive any time after 9am. We finish at 4.30pm. No tools required, price includes materials but please bring a packed lunch. We work in an...
During this day course you will learn several weaving techniques that will enable you to make 2 birds. Starting in the morning with a small wren, you will learn how to handle the willow and create lifelike features. After a light lunch we will move onto creating a larger bird of your choice, with more complex weaves. The courses happen on Rutland Water Nature Reserve, this internationally famous nature reserve is managed by the Leicestershire...

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