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 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,...
Willow Garden Structures - a one day course
Willow is an amazing plant. A cut stem can re-root and grow through just being pushed in the ground. It grows incredibly quickly, is tactile, flexible and a joy to work with.
On this course you will develop skills and knowledge that can be used over and over in a multitude of ways. You will be introduced to willow as a beautiful material that is easy and...
A creative day in the garden with willow expert Eddie Glew. Projects include obelisks/plant supports (perfect for those sweet peas!) plus decorative sunflowers and dragonflies. You will make several items over the day to take home. Eddie will also explain the practice of using living willow to build larger structures such as dens and tunnels. (Note the actual planting of living willow is a seasonal activity, taking place only in the winter months.)
Sara and Hanna run 1 day willow sculpture workshops throughout year. They are suitable for complete beginners as well as more experienced crafters or artists. Most workshops are usually 95% complete beginners.
Set in a picturesque country garden in Surrey the workshops offer an informal and relaxed atmosphere where students can spend an enjoyable day creating their very own willow sculpture.
Each workshop is carefully designed for small exclusive groups to ensure optimal attention from...
Willow weaving is a traditional skill that has evolved over centuries. Our workshops give you a chance to learn different weaving techniques and build confidence to be creative in the items you make - for garden and home. Each workshop focuses on a specific technique and helps you gain confidence and skill in working with this wonderful natural material.
For groups of 6 or more people, please get in touch for details of bespoke courses.
In this workshop we will make two types of natural willow bird feeders each for you to hang in your garden. This will give you a good introduction to working with willow and to make a functional item for you to take home. These feeders will be suitable for popping in fat balls and other bird feed (not supplied) so will suit many visiting birds. Why not treat yourself to this fun and informal workshop...
I'm excited to offer you a selection of Willow Workshops at POTBRIDGE FARM over the coming months hosted by me, Arron Jones.
I've been working with the marvellous plant for a many years now and am more than happy to share my enthusiasm and knowledge with you.
Willow is dormant over winter so is the ideal time to get creative and discover the amazing possibilities it has to offer.
Together we will explore and...
Come for a full day and weave a wooden base to create some a beautiful woven round basket with or without a wooden handle.
Learning trac borders, three rod wale and either a traditional or spiral border your basket will be functional and stylish.
This basket workshop is ideal for beginners and we also cover where to source the materials and how to prepare them for use.
Learn to make a willow basket in the beautiful Stanwick Lakes nature reserve!
Our one day Basket Making course is the perfect introduction to one of the oldest crafts known, basket remains dating back to 8,000BC have been found in Egypt!
During our ‘Introductory Day’ you will learn the traditional skills necessary to make a small round willow basket for holding fruit, bread, vegetables etc. Working with buff willow that has been pre-soaked and mellowed,...