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.
- Next course on 29th September 2019
You can make a multi-coloured round shopping basket on this one day course. Learn ancient weaving techniques and take home your own creation. Jon and Becky are both qualified teachers and have been teaching basket making for 25 years. We have taught many hundreds of people to make their own coloured willow baskets using locally grown and Somerset willows. Other courses are also available.
If you are a beginner and you want to make a...
I have been teaching this course successfully for over 8 years. Come and spend an enjoyable and rewarding day learning the magic of basketry. Have you ever looked at a basket and thought "how is it done?". Well this is your chance to learn those ancient secrets.
The aim of the course is to instruct you in a small group environment the basics of English Willow basketry. You will make a round shopping basket. You...
On this full day workshop, you will learn the basic techniques and skills which will enable you to create a wonderful willow chicken, duck or pheasant
No garden is complete without one.
Served with lots of tea and coffee throughout the day, you will thoroughly enjoy yourself learning a new craft.
Willow basket making workshop in Stockton on Tees.
Come along and enjoy the day learning to make this lovely and very useful basket. Learn a new skill and some basic techniques of willow work and take home with you your very own work of art.
Level - beginners.
These sturdy and pretty plants climbers look great in the garden, are suitable for pots as well as in the ground, and plants love them. Over the day there will be enough time to weave 2 climbers and a dragonfly for the top.
This workshop introduces you to creating and making large scale willow sculpture that we work together on.
The day starts of at 10 am with informal introduction and safety awareness of the space. We will look at willow in its dry and wet state and begin to handle and learn techniques to manipulate it. The work will progress through the day, immersing you into the wonderful rhythm of weaving, at creative nature we differ from...
Learn how to make baskets from foraged materials which we gather on the day from the woodland site. On offer is a wide variety of techniques & materials including bramble, bark, bone, wild rose, grass, reed mace, bulrush.
Learn about the whole cycle of production- harvesting the raw materials & processing them, through to completing a beautiful & useful basket to take home with you. Courses are scheduled to coincide with the seasonal availability of...
The basket weaving workshops are run in small groups of 4-6 people and cater for those who are new to basket weaving as well as those wishing to rekindle their skills. This ensures you receive one-to-one support and guidance on a variety of willow weaving techniques.
If you feel inspired and would like to attend one of the basket weaving workshops, please ring Emma Bird on the number above. Alternatively, please call 07815 710618
- Next course on 21st September 2019
Learn how to make a lip-work straw skep. You will make your skep from a long straw wheat with cane lapping.
The course tutor, Chris Park, will explain how to split bramble and willow as needed. You will be able to make about one third of your skep during the day, and take home the skills, tools, and materials to finish off at home.
Let your imagination run wild! Join us for this engaging workshop making creatures great and small. Willow is a fun and accessible medium which gives impressive results in a relatively short space of time.
Over the 2 days you can choose to design and construct either one four-legged animal or a pair of bird sculptures. Foxes, pheasants, hares and hens; sheep, deer, cats and dogs all prove popular, although projects have also included a snail,...