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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.

North Yorkshire - Next course on 28th June 2019
22nd March Make a wicker stage/hare 18th January Obelisk (£75) 28th June Willow Gypsy Basket with Sally Ann Middleton Be a garden maker’ offers a wide range of craft courses near Skipton in the stunning Yorkshire Dales. On site is a café / tea room and large garden center. Each course includes all equipment and items you will need, requires no previous experience and you will leave the day with something you have made to...
Derbyshire - Next course on 5th October 2019
We run willow weaving courses taught by some of the countries leading weavers. Please get in touch for more details but students can choose from round baskets, square baskets, willow sculpture, lantern making, willow hurdles and beginners weaving (lots of smaller items). Each tutor is a full time weaver most with over twenty years experience. As well as learning how to weave and taking home what you make, you'll learn how to prepare your willow,...
Yorkshire - Next course on 9th June 2019
A new sculpture course for 2019! I have become well known for my willow sculpture courses and I'm always looking for new, interesting projects. Last year I took some time out to develop dog sculptures. Designs will be kept to medium to small dogs, to make sure they can be completed in a day. You can bring your own idea or work from one of my designs. Stylised dogs work well, a fox terrier, whippet...
Lancashire - Next course on 1st June 2019
Pip Cottage willow workshops range from obelisks and sculpture for the garden, to bird nests and feeders, living willow construction and traditional English basket making. Thursday and Friday 16th and 17th May will be at Haworth Art Gallery in Accrington where we will experiment with traditional English basket making techniques to make a medium sized round basket...... running from 10am to 3.30pm each day. I will demonstrate how to make the object step by step...
Pembrokeshire - Next course on 14th June 2019
During this relaxing and fun workshop at Scolton Manor in Pembrokeshire, you will make a small sculpture such as a hare, deer or chicken using a variety of willow. No experience required, so perfect for beginners or above. This workshop is suitable for all levels. Please phone or e-mail to book your place. *Booking Essential*. Gift Vouchers Available Justine started off life as an engineer and then moved into the charity sector, developing and delivering...
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...
Willow Weaving Weekend. Come and join in on one day or two. Suzanne and Richard Kerwood, your tutors, will teach you how to make a framed basket in a day. They will take you through each step with a demonstration first before you have a go. It will not be long before you are hooked and want to take your new-found skill a step further by ordering a supply of willow to make more baskets...
West Yorkshire - Next course on 8th June 2019
Sculputural pod weaving workshop with Joe Gregory Weave a structural, spherical pod with the finest grown English willow, (which just happens to be grown right here in the Calder Valley) with willow artist Joe Gregory. Learn basic weaving techniques to create a unique structural piece ideal for the garden or home, these cast beautiful shadows with lights in them too.
Tyne and Wear - Next course on 2nd June 2019
Willow weaving masterclass! We are very excited to announce that Artist Anna & the Willow will be joining us at St Hilda's Pit for a willow weaving workshop. Anna will teach you how to make your very own obelisk for you to take home.
If, as a basketmaker, you are anything like me, you are always looking for something to curve your willow rods with. This workshop is an exciting extension of the popular willow and the popular woodturning workshops we offer here at the Rural Craft Centre. Come and make your own unique and personalised wooden willow winder with the expert guidance of Imants Grindulis. You will learn simple woodturning skills that will enable you to turn and...