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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.

Leicestershire - Next course on 1st June 2019
Whether you are an absolute beginner or have previous experience of Willow Sculpture, artist Kate Morrell will guide you in a relaxed and informal environment. Create any animal of your choosing but please bring pictures if you have something specific in mind! Learn all of the techniques required to make a truly stunning creation. We have had people make pheasants, herons, hares, cats, dogs, horse heads and even a gheko!
Yorkshire - Next course on 13th June 2019
One day willow weaving workshops in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales with lovely views of Ingleborough, Whernside and Ribblehead. Willow Hares - May 15th Willow Curlews (2nd date)- Sept 19th Willow Seed Pods - July 11th The tutor Phil Bradley lives in NW Cumbria near Cockermouth where he grows a total of 37 different varieties of sustainable willow on several local sites. The willow is used mainly for basket-making, but also for garden structures and sculptures...
Online & Surrey - Next course on 6th June 2019
This course is an ideal introduction to willow sculpture. Learn everything you need to know to create your own willow sculptures in this 5 week (1 day a week) comprehensive course. In this course you will learn how to create 2 pieces: A willow sphere – This part of the course is a gentle introduction to learning the basics of willow sculpture and will prepare you for then applying the willow to a chosen sculpture...
North Yorkshire
You will create a willow animal sculpture, choose the workshop you fancy ranging from pigs, deer, rabbit, pheasant, sheep and more similar to that in the pictures. These workshops are held in my 22ft Yurt which is a short walk from the car park over grass. You will learn how to create sculptures that will look at home in your garden. I also run workshops at Beningbrough Hall, The Yorkshire Arboretum, the Blacksmith Shop Crafts...
Come & join Deb for a fun day at The Butterfly Studio where you will learn how to make a willow door wreath and swag for Christmas. All natural materials using the traditional method of willow weaving for the base of the wreath adding a selection of seasonal materials which may include some or all of the following subject to availability, cones, oranges cinnamon sticks and a variety foliage to create a beautiful Christmas wreath....
Kent - Next course on 15th June 2019
Based at our ancient woodland camp in Kent, this 1 day course has been put together for anyone who would like to learn how to make cordage and containers from the materials supplied to us by mother nature, such as nettles and various barks. Anyone with an interest in the natural world or craft will leave with a new found respect for the versatility of many common plants and trees. This 1 day course looks...
Northumberland - Next course on 23rd July 2019
Join us to learn new skills at The Sill. This July you can work with experienced basket makers Ruth Thompson and Liz Beech to make your very own willow basket. You will use willow harvested from Northumberland and will learn styles such as three rod waling, English randing and French randing.
Yorkshire - Next course on 11th September 2019
Popular Willow Weaving and Basketry tutor Phil Bradley is leading 2 day workshops in the weaving skills necessary to make a traditional Frame Basket on the April course or an English Round Basket in September. Phil’s gentle, relaxed teaching style will guide you through the various weaving patterns for the different parts of the basket - the base, sides, and the final edging for the English basket, and the frame, ribs, the body weaves and...
Devon - Next course on 11th September 2019
This two day course will take you on a journey into some of our most ancient basket making skills and techniques which are utilised the world over. In whichever region of the world you dwell, the local flora will provide you with an abundant supply of plant materials which can be used as a core and stitched together to make a coiled mat, container or basket. We will take the opportunities which the landscape offers...
Devon - Next course on 23rd October 2019
This day long course will take you through the process of making a round bottomed willow basket with finger handles. We will use buff and white willow to produce a beautiful basket with many practical uses. This course is best suited to those that have had some basic experience of with working with willow. Course Leader - Mollie Butters Mollie is a long standing educator of children, young people and adults. Through her work in...