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 decorative and functional version of the well-loved garden trug to transport and display your garden bounties; flowers veg. or kindling.
An excellent introduction to basket making. Discover the smell, creak and relaxing rhythm of weaving with supple willow. No previous experience required.
Hannah Ehlert trained for three years in a coppice worker apprenticeship with a variety of crafts people at the Bill Hogarth Memorial Trust. She has run successful creative green wood-working courses...
This is a wonderful opportunity to make your own personal woven rush hat, bag or basket in a day, using the native common bulrush (Scirpus Lacustris).
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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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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.