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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.

£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...
£240
Hampshire - Next course on 8th July 2019
These three days of exploration and experimentation will delve into utilising the wonderful range of plants growing around Field Farm. As much as possible, plants will be harvested from source and you will discover the variety of ways in which different plants can be gathered, stored, processed and prepared for weaving. Guided by the relaxed and generous teaching of Mollie Butters you will harvest willow bark, nettles, brambles, and soft rush and keep a look...
£285
Devon - Next course on 26th June 2019
Over three days we will explore, experiment and delve into utilising the wonderful range of plants growing at Trill Farm. As much as possible we will harvest from source and discover the variety of ways in which different plants need to be gathered, stored, processed and prepared for weaving. We will harvest willow bark, cattails, soft rushes and sedges from the waterways. Nettles and other trees barks will be explored and we will keep our...
£75
Monmouthshire - Next course on 13th October 2019
After popular demand I have decided to run another frame basket making workshop this time using some willow and hedgerow materials. This fun weaving workshop will happen in the beautiful surroundings of Usk Castle in the Oak room. With the autumn well on the way this is a great time of year to make your own foraging basket. We will start at 10 with a cuppa and an introduction to the materials before getting under...
£140
Shropshire - Next course on 9th November 2019
Learn how how  to make a traditional framed basket with professional basket maker Rachel Evans. Framed baskets are strong and versatile, useful in the  garden or for shopping  and make great  presents. You will learn: - To  source and select suitable  material - Create a frame using hazel rods - Work with a selection of willow and different  weaving techniques The course will take place at the Green Wood Centre in the  woodland hall based...