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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.

On arrival you will be greeted with a welcoming drink by the fire, a home baked delight and a potted history of willow, where to source it and how to prepare it. Once settled in and the journey to get here forgotten we begin the days weaving choosing between the projects we have on offer. Willow and cane bunting. Willow seed pods and bird feeders.
Join us for an outdoor craft workshop in the Discovery Walk Garden at Priory Farm, South Nutfield, an area of outstanding natural beauty and make a Hazel & Willow Obelisk (plant support) you can be proud of! This 2.5-hour workshop will commence by making a mini-obelisk suitable for supporting and protecting the initial growth of sweet peas in a pot, this will allow you to practise the technique of weaving using Willow. Following this, you...
Hazel Hurdle Making - a one day fence making course Hurdles are traditional fence panels that have been used for a variety of different functions over the years, from animal enclosures to walls of houses. This course will give you a chance to learn with Alistair Hayhurst who is a master of this craft. Based in Wirksworth, Derbyshire Alistair sources his materials from sustainably managed woodlands, coppicing and harvesting the materials he uses during the...
Hazel can be found almost everywhere and as a result is used as a basketry material all over Europe. In England these baskets are becoming more popular and undergoing a resurgence, largely due to the efforts and research of Ruth Pybus in North Wales. I learnt to make them in 2016 and have been teaching them ever since and a recent trip to Slovenia has given me fresh ideas for basketry patterns that I'm eager...
Monmouthshire - Next course on 10th November 2019
Come to the Tithe Barn at Usk Castle in Usk and learn how to weave a hedgerow basket with coloured wild hedgerow materials and willow using 5 different weaving techniques including putting together the slath, pairing,putting on the upsett,waling,randing and finishing off with laying the border. We will discuss material selection and preparation and what can be used as we go and will start by making a base each in the morning. Following this with...
Introduction to batik with artist Layla Tutt & Introduction to basket-weaving with artist Ildiko Nagy. A wonderful day of workshops at the lovely Pavilion at Moor Green allotments, Moseley, Birmingham. Try your hand at these ancient crafts; the art of batik, using traditional tools and methods and basket-weaving using willow.
Essex - Next course on 20th October 2019
This neat little basket is ideal for picking nuts and berries, or collecting eggs. Beginning with two hoops, your basket will gradually take shape as you add a decorative willow tie, ribs and then weaving. You’ll learn how to split willow, to shape the ribs, and some simple weaving techniques. An East Anglian native, Jo Hammond grew up in Suffolk and Essex, now living close to the Stour Estuary. Her degree in Fine Art shows...
SURREY - Next course on 21st September 2019
Come and visit us in the Surrey Hills where we run a variety of courses in a few different locations. Baskets and garden willow to name a few. This one, the lampshade, is based in the Wotton Village Hall overlooking beautiful fields and trees, sometimes with a few cows to look at too. Created from your own frame you can weave the basic structure in cane and then embellish it with a selection of materials...
In our flagship online course Sara will teach you how to sculpt a life sized deer from willow rods. In this step by step guide she will steer you through the whole process, from the initial preparation of the willow; building a simple armature and then through all the different weaving techniques and methods needed to follow her unique sculpting style. Over the last 20 years Sara has been working with willow teaching thousands of...
Make a beautiful wreath in the traditional style starting with a wire frame and learning how to build it up with moss. The tutor will then guide you through each step to build up a luscious green base with a variety of high quality foliage. We will complete the session by creating and placing adornments to make your wreath totally individual. All abilities welcome! You can turn any of our courses into a short break...