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.
One day Willow Weaving Workshops in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales with lovely views of Ingleborough, Whernside and Ribblehead.
Willow Hares - May 15th
Willow Curlews - June 13th
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 as...
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...
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....
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...
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,...
A great opportunity to spend time with a professional basket maker to make a range of baskets of your choice including Shopping baskets, log baskets and oval baskets depending on individual experience.
You will learn:
- To source and select suitable material
- Work with a selection of willow
- To use necessary tools
- Different weaving techniques
The course is tailored to suit a range of abilities for beginners, intermediates and experienced improvers. Rachel...
One day basket making course in the South-West.
Spend the day making a basket woven from Somerset willow with experienced local tutor, Paul Windwood. With only five places per course you will get plenty of tuition from Paul who will ensure you have a beautifully crafted basket to take home with you at the end of the course.
This is a relaxed and informative day where you will learn lots about the history of basket...
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...
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...