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Willow & basketry courses

Willow weaving and basketry are ancient traditional crafts practised across the world. Materials used are reeds, willow, pine straw, animal hair, hide or even baleen from the jaw of a whale. Basket and willow weaving produce decorating and useful items such as shopping baskets, ‘live’ fences, garden structures and firewood baskets. You can be as creative as you like with willow weaving and basketry once you have mastered the basic principles.

£150
Yorkshire - Next course on 27th April 2019
These 2 day courses are designed for beginners and intermediates. In my beautiful, light studio in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, spend a weekend learning basketry techniques to weave your own strong storage basket with a unique wooden handle, a traditional English Shopper or a really sturdy log basket! (1 day courses are also available) Go to my website for more information and to see everything I have coming up. I also teach at other venues across...
£75
West Yorkshire - Next course on 2nd June 2019
Weave your choice of larger bird, Heron, Goose, Pheasant, Chicken or a choice of your own on this full day course. All materials provided and expert tuition from Joe Gregory to help you achieve your perfect willow bird sculpture. (other animal sculpture courses are also available). Courses run from her Studio and Gallery in Todmorden and a few select venues around the North West. Go to her website for more information on these courses, to...
£295
Hampshire - Next course on 8th May 2019
Back by popular demand, this is a very special and unique course giving you a full experience of working with the generous delights of red cedar. Spend 3 days in the forest, submerging yourself in the whole process of harvesting tree bark, roots and creating woven utensils. The first day will involve harvesting the bark from the tree source, discussing traditional methods and modern restraints and choosing the best material. Time will also be spent...
£100
Yorkshire - Next course on 5th May 2019
Hazel Hurdle Making - a one day fence making course Hurdles are traditional fence panels that have been used for a variety of different functions over the years, from animal enclosures to walls of houses. This course will give you a chance to learn with Alistair Hayhurst who is a master of this craft. Based in Wirksworth, Derbyshire Alistair sources his materials from sustainably managed woodlands, coppicing and harvesting the materials he uses during the...
£70
Hampshire - Next course on 27th April 2019
Our renowned expert, Louise Arthur spends considerable time over the winter months gathering and harvesting materials from hedgerows and gardens for your exclusive use. We feel spoiled as she doesn’t do this for any of her other courses! This day is a celebration of the many plant materials growing in our hedgerows, woodlands and gardens which we can use to make frame baskets of great beauty. A truly sensory course working with natural hand foraged...
£195
Hampshire - Next course on 8th June 2019
Sweet chestnut bark is a superb material to make baskets with being both strong and flexible. On this two day course led by Nick McMillen; students will be shown how to prepare bark and then to weave a small foraging basket with a steam bent chestnut handle. Day one will begin with looking at tree bark and the different ways it can be utilised in basketry. We will also discuss how to source, gather and...
£70
Cumbria - Next course on 18th June 2019
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...
£70
Leicestershire - Next course on 27th April 2019
Learn to sculpt your own small willow animal in the grounds of my home in the beautiful setting of Donington Le Heath We can work indoors or outdoors (weather permitting). Come and join me for a fun and relaxed informal day willow weaving. To start off with I would recommend a small animal or bird as the craft is very time consuming and I want you to leave with a finished piece of willow sculpture....
£65
Lancashire
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...
£75
Norfolk - Next course on 21st July 2019
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...