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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.

Jo Sadler, a local Somerset Willow Sculpture will teach you how to make a willow sculpture on the day. All materials are provided and you will take home your creation. You will be guided throughout your make and be offered refreshments throughout. There is parking at the craft centre and the course is held in Studi0ne. There is a great restaurant if you would like to buy lunch or cake, plus many other craft units...
Cumbria - Next course on 4th June 2019
Hens: 4th June 2019, 26th Nov; Hare 9th July; Sheep: 24th Sept; Deer 4th Oct; Angel 6th Dec 2018 and 6th Dec 2019. For availability on this course please see our website above, thank you. Willow Hares: make a life size willow hare to nestle in your garden border - looking alarmed - as they do. Willow Deer: spend your day creating your very own life size small willow deer – some 2 ½ -...
monmouthshire - Next course on 2nd June 2019
Amanda Rayner will run this shopping basket making workshop in the Tithe barn at Usk Castle. Making this beautiful basket is a very enjoyable process using different coloured willows. Perfect for a trip to town or a country stroll to the village shop this basket can be used for many outings even a quick forage in the hedgerows! From selecting youe base sticks to putting on the handle you will be guided through the various...
Herefordshire - Next course on 29th June 2019
Learn how to make a willow skep, where expert Chris Park will teach you how to weave a wicker skep, and how to cover it with cloom.  During the day all aspects of beekeeping in skeps, ancient and modern will be discussed.
East Sussex
Students will learn how to construct an organic form in willow using a simple random weave technique. Forms will be either a sphere or allium shaped pod form up to 24" in diameter. These make beautiful garden structure and plant supports.
Devon - Next course on 16th June 2019
Suzanne & Richard Kerwood have been growing willow, making and teaching at Windrush Willow Higher Barn for 20 years. This course is a fun day aimed at complete beginners to make interesting things for your garden and to learn a few basic willow weaving skills. You may go home with slightly sore fingers but you will have at least 3 pieces to be proud of from flowers, to fish, dragonflies, snails and hearts.
Surrey - Next course on 26th July 2019
Willow can be converted into a variety of beautiful and useful items. In this half day course, you will take at least one willow flower home with you to decorate your garden or home. You will learn special techniques to both make these decorative flowers as well as to prepare for more complicated basketry. It is highly recommended that in order to take the Round Basket weaving course in August -that this course be taken...
Shropshire - Next course on 7th June 2019
Come and join us for a day of weaving with willow. Together we’ll spend the day learning the different techniques and ways of weaving to get the best from this natural material creating a dragonfly for your garden or gift for the garden lover in your life.
Create your own willow weaved mushroom for your house or garden! Suitable for 8-80! £50pp. Booking is essential for this popular course. The courses happen on Rutland Water Nature Reserve, this internationally famous nature reserve is managed by the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust in partnership with Anglian Water and provides one of the most important wildfowl sanctuaries in Great Britain, regularly holding in excess of 25,000 waterfowl. It is a Site of Special Scientific...
Surrey - Next course on 30th August 2019
These beautiful and sturdy round baskets can be used in so many ways throughout our home. Learn how to weave willow into this practical form with expert basket maker, Louise Arthur. As this is a more advanced technique, the tutor has highly recommended that delegates either have previous experience in weaving or that they take the half day Willow Weaving Flowers Course being offered on 26th July. If you would like to further discuss this,...