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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.

£70
West Sussex - Next course on 28th March 2019
Learn how to weave strips of flat paper into a three dimensional basket using the technique of plaiting. Starting with colour strips to learn the technique, use the skills learnt to weave a second plaited basket working with decorative paper. Learn how to weave a base, turn the corner, weave the sides and finish the ends. The day is intended as a skills based day; to try out a technique or perhaps as a refresher....
£70
West Sussex - Next course on 26th March 2019
Working with card, rope and threads, learn the technique of twining, to weave two small baskets. Twining is worked in the hands. It uses two threads woven in turn, to create a line with a series of twists. The two baskets will be different, one with a square plaited card base, the other with a rounded crossover rope base. The day is intended as a skills based day; to try out a technique or perhaps...
£140
West Sussex - Next course on 30th March 2019
Explore the process of stitching to create a fabric. Work with a range of flexible textile materials, from the more common to the unusual. Experiment with working flat, working in 3D, in the round and from side to side. Compare stitch variations, materials and tension. Consider ways of joining and finishing. The intention of this workshop is to explore and experiment, with the opportunity to make samples which might provide ideas or a stimulus for...
£45
Kent
Create a willow wreath from scratch using a minimum of two types of willow for contrast and decorate with a variety of flower and plant materials plus natural decorative objects according to the season. Examples: A. Scented culinary & flowering herbs. B. Living wreath on moss with a variety of pretty succulents which will continue to grow. C. Seasonal scented mixed greenery with flowers, berries & natural adornments. D. Contemporary willow with fresh seasonal flowers...
£470
Suffolk - Next course on 5th August 2019
Coracle making four day residential course at Flatford Mill in Suffolk. Coracle: 'A boat of skin-covered wicker' (Pocket Oxford Dictionary). Coracles were traditionally woven boats covered with hides. They were used for fishing in estuaries or for floating commercially produced timber down river. A coracle is one of the most ancient boat designs, only a few small technical steps more advanced than a raft. During this extended course you will be able to construct your...
£330
Perth & Kinross - Next course on 31st May 2019
Jane Wilkinson from Special Branch Baskets has teamed up with Alyth Craft Tourism to provide a unique crafting experience.   On our 3 day coracle making course you will be able to learn an ancient craft whilst still having the opportunity to enjoy the natural peace and the splendid scenery that the local landscape has to offer.  Alyth is nestled at the foothills of the Cairngorm Plateau at the start of the Perthshire & Angus Glens....
£70
Ceredigion
Make a willow bird feeder or Catalan Tray and relax with a lovely reflexology treatment A restorative and relaxing day combining willow weaving to make a willow bird feeder or Catalan tray, and relax with a lovely reflexology treatment. This workshop is an introduction to basket weaving using traditional methods. It includes all materials and instructions to create your own willow bird feeder or Catalan Tray and a relaxing reflexology treatment. Ideal for a small...
£180
Greater London - Next course on 4th June 2019
This course offers a creative, experimental approach to contemporary basketry through the exploration of different weaving techniques such as coiling, check-weave, twining and random weave, in order to create unique functional containers or sculptural forms. A variety of organic, processed and recycled materials (not including willow) will be available, enabling students to design with colour, pattern, texture and surface decoration. The tutor will provide inspirational imagery, books and samples of creative, contemporary basketry to stimulate...
£150
Stirlingshire - Next course on 27th July 2019
We're delighted to add Phil Bradley to our list of guest trainers for 2019, to offer a basket making workshop over two days on 27 and 28 July. This a fantastic opportunity to join others in learning from Phil how to make English Round work baskets. Phil is a basketmaker, willow grower and sculptor from Deanscales in West Cumbria. He has been a full time professional basketmaker since 1996, having trained in France, Poland and...
£140
Somerset
Hi Everybody We are delighted to announce an exciting new 2 day course to learn the skills of working with Esparto grass to make a beautiful plaited basket.  The tutor is Dirk Driver who has many years of experience of working with this fantastic material. Date:  Sunday 4th February and Sunday 25th February 2017 (There will be some plaiting homework in between!) Esparto grass is a Mediterranean plant which has been used to make all...