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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.

South Yorkshire
On this course you will learn how to make a basket from Hedgerow materials. Students learn the basics about materials growth harvesting storing and preparation and learn basic tool skills. This course will be taught in a beautiful private woodland and will be fully outdoors. You will complete a basket to take home on the day.
Nottinghamshire - Next course on 25th May 2019
Hedgerow Basket Willow Weaving Workshop This is your chance to make your very own wonderful round or oval hedgerow willow weave basket. Our one day workshop will give you the opportunity to discover the pleasures of working with willow and create a stunning functional basket, perfect as a centre piece on your kitchen table, to hold fruit, bits and bobs or maybe dried flowers. Enjoy a unique and satisfying experience learning to work with locally...
Spend the weekend submerged in Basketmaking ! Use a variety of willows to make traditional or contemporary baskets. For example, if you are a beginner you could make a small round basket with a handle or a frame basket. Improvers and advanced can practice oval or square basketry. Learn various techniques such as lids, partitions, handles or fastenings, or you may wish to remake or repair a basket.
Mid Glamorgan
Basketmaking courses in Bridgend What could be more satisfying than making your own beautiful willow basket. On our comprehensive courses participants are shown how to weave with a selection of willow using a variety of traditional weaving techniques. On this course we will be making frame baskets which uses the oldest of weaving techniques and was traditionally made with any weaving material that could be gathered locally. The course is suitable for complete beginners or...
Two day willow basket making course in Ledbury. Over the weekend beginners will learn a variety of techniques using unstripped willow to complete a round basket with a handle. Students with previous experience can contact Jenny to discuss a possible project.
Northamptonshire - Next course on 12th June 2019
Spend three days working on a project or projects of your choice. You can choose from basketry, willow sculpture or willow garden structures. Weave with a variety of willows grown in Somerset and King's Cliffe. Learn how to grow and harvest your own willow. Beginners, intermediates and advance students are all welcome. There is a maximum of 8 students on this workshop. Material costs are not included. Sue Kirk has 20 years experience in willow...
County Down
Discover the magic of basket making On this workshop we will be making a form of traditional potato basket or sciathog. Commonly made throughout Ireland but there was a great centre of basketmaking in the North of Ireland in and around Gawley’s Gate, Aghagallon and Aghalee in the south east corner of County Antrim close to the shores of Lough Neagh where the potato baskets were made in great numbers. The small versions we will...
Whether you are just a beginner or you have done some willow basketry before, this course provides you with opportunity to make your own baskets and take them home. Over the ten week or five week course you will learn all the basic basket weaving techniques, and use them to make your own basket. This course is suitable for beginners and those who have previous experience. The course runs over a 10 week academic term...
Kent - Next course on 14th September 2019
A two day course aimed at beginners and improvers, set on a beautiful, peaceful site in the heart of the Kent Weald near Edenbridge. Transform sweet smelling willow into a beautiful and useful basket. Using tried and tested techniques and a variety of willow basketry weaves, you’ll go home with a round-base basket of your own design, and the techniques to be able to make more
West Sussex - Next course on 27th March 2019
Begin by looking at the structure of a coiled basket to identify the core and stitching material. Learn the techniques for hand stitching around the core to begin the basket, wrap and join threads. A basic stitching technique will be taught, with suggestions as how patterns could be added with colours and the placing of each stitch. If making a small basket, rather than a mat, learn how to place the core material to build...