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Willow work courses

What a wonderful work of nature is the willow. Did you know that the stringent bark of the willow, used in the leather tanning process in Russia, can also be a powerful pain reliever known from the time of Hippocrates? I'm not advocating that you chew willow bark but it surely is an amazingly useful plant. Traditionally willow was used for a multitude of items from shoemakers' lasts to ladders, fences and of course baskets. It is a durable, resilient, pliable material and grows with wild abandon wherever there is water. This gave rise to willow working industries on the banks of some of our great rivers (like Beckingham on the Trent) and some still survive. Think of how the baskets for hot air balloons are made or fantastic sculptures for the garden or even eco-friendly coffins! You too can learn to use willow, it is such an environmentally friendly material, to make your own baskets, sculptures and artefacts. We have plenty of willow courses to choose from and they are all great fun and very informative. Also a really great day out for a group of friends.

£75
Cumbria - Next course on 28th May 2019
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). For availability on this course please see our website above, thank you. 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. On...
£10
Northumberland - Next course on 20th July 2019
Get creative with us at The Sill with our Willow Making workshop. You'll work with Anna Turnbull of Biteabout Arts who has made the amazing willow animals you see around the building. You will make you very own dragonfly or mouse from willow grown & harvested in Northumberland to take away with you.
£10
Northumberland - Next course on 20th July 2019
Get creative with us at The Sill with our Willow Making workshop. You'll work with Anna Turnbull of Biteabout Arts who has made the amazing willow animals you see around the building. You will make you very own dragonfly or mouse from willow grown & harvested in Northumberland to take away with you. Sessions run for approximately 90 minutes.
£20
Shropshire - Next course on 24th May 2019
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.
£20
Carmarthenshire
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...
£35
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...
£35
Suffolk - Next course on 1st July 2019
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...
£35
Cardiff
Willow is natural, sustainable and widely available. A beautiful, hand crafted Willow Heart Wreath is the perfect eco-friendly statement piece for the home or a gift to show someone you care about them. Clare Revera will show you how to create your Willow Heart Wreath form. She will introduce you to the craft of willow work as well as sharing her knowledge about the cultivation and use of willow throughout history. You will leave the...
£35
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...
£40
Surrey - Next course on 5th October 2019
Come to Surrey and weave a beautiful garden planter/tipi that can be used for your sweat peas, beans or annuals and even as a light sculpture. Using a variety of willow that is grown locally and from Somerset we start with a group of tall sticks and then weave a ring to bind them all together at the base. From there it is a spiralling weave all the way to the top, changing the length...