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.
Weave your choice of larger bird, Heron, Goose, Pheasant, Chicken or a choice of your own on this full day course. All materials provided and expert tuition from Joe Gregory to help you achieve your perfect willow bird sculpture. (other animal sculpture courses are also available). Courses run from her Studio and Gallery in Todmorden and a few select venues around the North West.
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Create a fun and sustainable willow plant support - the perfect addition to your garden this Spring.
During this one-day course you will discover the techniques used to weave and create a willow plant support.
Using a jig to support construction you will learn how to stake up, organise and bind stakes securely prior to starting the weave. You will learn two weaving techniques: a three-rod wale for the base of the structure, then a...
These 2 day courses are designed for beginners and intermediates. In my beautiful, light studio in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, spend a weekend learning basketry techniques to weave your own strong storage basket with a unique wooden handle, a traditional English Shopper or a really sturdy log basket! (1 day courses are also available)
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Willow weaving is a traditional skill that has evolved over centuries. Our workshops give you a chance to learn different weaving techniques and build confidence to be creative in the items you make - for garden and home. Each workshop focuses on a specific technique and helps you gain confidence and skill in working with this wonderful natural material.
For groups of 6 or more people, please get in touch for details of bespoke courses.
If you are a beginner or improver come along and choose your own willow project. This is a relaxed class which offers you a convenient regular weekly 3 hour session to develop your skills. Students are welcome to drop in for one or more sessions. Please contact me for specific dates and times. Some of my students have got a lot out of a short regular slot which fits in with their lives. So come...
Students will learn how to weave a sturdy Willow Heart (roughly 12 inches tall). They will learn how to create the shape and secure their piece with binding knots. These look lovely with fairy lights twisted around them and also hanging in a kitchen/on a door with flowers/herbs tied on. Students may be able to make more than one depending on time.
Make a beautiful natural woven wall hanging on this fun and creative workshop. Learn how to harvest willow bark fresh from a willow tree and how to make use of the beautiful textures and interesting natural features. There will be a variety of other natural materials to include in your wall hanging including wool, nettle cordage, New Zealand flax, Day Lily and Montbretia leaves.
The Tutor will provide a variety of weaving materials including...
In this workshop we will make two types of natural willow bird feeders each for you to hang in your garden. This will give you a good introduction to working with willow and to make a functional item for you to take home. These feeders will be suitable for popping in fat balls and other bird feed (not supplied) so will suit many visiting birds. Why not treat yourself to this fun and informal workshop...
A fun and relaxed afternoon of craft - no experience necessary.
You'll be shown how to make a simple wreath base from birch twigs and other natural materials.
We'll then decorate paper mache eggs and create flowers from ribbon and hessian.
All elements will be combined to create a colourful wreath to celebrate the arrival of spring.
You will be shown how to weave a dragonfly in a spiral 'corn dolly' weave in brown willow. This is a great course for adorning the garden, pond or even plant pots. Your willow dragonfly can be placed inside or hung up outside.
No previous skills necessary, although some manual dexterity and patience will be needed.