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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.

Birmingham - Next course on 13th April 2019
Join ILdiko in The Makers Studio for a willow-craft experience; create your own coasters and placemats using different and traditional willow-working techniques. £18 per person (Inc. VAT), plus free hot drinks. Over 18s. Advance booking essential. ILdiko Nagy is an established interdisciplinary artist and workshop facilitator who works with a wide range of materials with a focus on nature, encouraging creative self-expression and tackling ecological issues. ILdiko graduated as a Visual Communicator (MA) in Hungary,...
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...
Join us for one day willow work courses near Tonbridge. We have been making all sorts of beautiful things in willow for the last few years in the lovely walled garden at Oxon Hoath Country Estate. Dragonflies, winter willow decorations, wreaths and swags... In Spring we focus on plant supports, hazel and willow obelisks, all from locally sourced materials. This year we will try woven living willow sculptural statement standard trees in pots. Sharon has...
Powys - Next course on 27th April 2019
Make a beautiful natural woven wall hanging on this fun and creative workshop. Learn how to harvest willow bark fresh from a willow tree and how to make use of the beautiful textures and interesting natural features. There will be a variety of other natural materials to include in your wall hanging including wool, nettle cordage, New Zealand flax, Day Lily and Montbretia leaves. Requirements The Tutor will provide a variety of weaving materials including...
Nottinghamshire - Next course on 22nd November 2019
Spend the day learning traditional basketry skills to make a Christmas hamper - perfect for a hand-made gift. Using willow you will learn to weave a beautiful Zarzo basket - a traditional Mediterranean design originally used in cheese making. The course is designed for complete beginners and we will guide you through each step of the basket making process. To get you in the Christmas spirit we will be welcoming you with festive treats and...