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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.

Yorkshire - Next course on 16th November 2019
I've developed this course a few years ago. I teach a lot and enjoy creating sculptures that will be achievable over just a day for beginners. I'd seen much more intricate "heads" by a couple of other weavers and I had an idea I could simplify and make into a 1 day course. Suitable for beginners and intermediates, over the day you’ll learn basic sculpture techniques to create your own unique and ethical trophy stag...
Surrey - Next course on 5th October 2019
Come to Surrey and weave a beautiful garden planter/tipi that can be used for your sweat peas, beans or annuals and even as a light sculpture. Using a variety of willow that is grown locally and from Somerset we start with a group of tall sticks and then weave a ring to bind them all together at the base. From there it is a spiralling weave all the way to the top, changing the length...
Yorkshire - Next course on 29th November 2019
Large Reindeer Making Workshop Get into the Christmas spirit with your very own, hand-made rustic Rudolph! This course will provide you with all the materials, tools and know-how and guide you through the process of making an eco-friendly, rustic, wooden reindeer full of character, which can sit proudly in your garden or home. No two reindeer are the same and yours will be personal to you. The course will have a fun and laid back...
Shropshire - Next course on 8th June 2019
Make a beautiful basket from hazel in this two day course. You will employ very old techniques developed over generations to split the hazel into thin flexible strips that are used to weave the basket. This course is a masterclass in green hazel working that will leave you with a huge respect for the humble tree as well as a wonderful basket that will look like no other around. These baskets are rarely seen but...
SURREY - Next course on 8th September 2019
Nestled in the Surrey Hills overlooking the fields is the Wotton Village Hall where we run the Tiffin course. After teas, coffees and homemade cakes we talk you through the growing process of willow and how to prepare it for use. Then step by step we teach you how to weave the Tiffin. A rectangular basket, with rounded corners created from an oak base, which we cut, drill, sand and oil for the bottom. Using...
Hampshire - Next course on 5th October 2019
This is a 1 day ‘Weave your own chicken’ willow weaving course running from 10am - 4pm, including a delicious lunch of local breads and salads. The course tutor is Judith Needham. Spend a fun day learning the art of willow sculpture with local basket maker, Judith Needham, and take home a life-sized chicken to enhance your garden or perhaps give as a unique gift. Other birds or animals are possible or experiment with abstract...
Somerset - Next course on 6th June 2019
Make a Willow Animal sculpture of your choice. Whilst learning Sculpting Techniques you will create a 3D interpretation of your chosen animal. It's great to come along with an ideal of the animal you would like to create. Willow artist and experienced tutor Sarah Le Breton will teach you sculpting techniques and how to maintain your finished creations, enabling your work to add charm to your garden for years to come. All Willow Sculpture Days...
Suffolk - Next course on 3rd June 2019
Learn to weave a small round willow basket suitable for fruit, bread or whatever you can imagine! You will begin by splitting sticks and use a pairing weave to create a round base. Side stakes are then added and the sides woven. A simple border finishes off the top.
Derbyshire - Next course on 8th June 2019
Join expert, Eddie Glew for this all-absorbing workshop in basketry. On day one you will weave a small round basket using traditional English and French techniques. The second day offers the chance to make a round/oval basket with a handle or another item of your choice. Alternatively you may decide to construct a large log basket or similar over the 2 days. This course is designed for all abilities from the complete novice to experienced...
Suffolk - Next course on 1st July 2019
Karen Lawrence has been weaving baskets for 10 years. She holds a level 3 City and Guilds weaving qualification from City Lit. She was made a Yeoman member of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers in 2018 and is a member of the Basketry Association. Learn how to weave a sturdy 5ft plant support for your garden. Students will learn lobster pot weave to shape their willow wigwam and also a willow binding knot to hold...