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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
Cumbria - Next course on 18th June 2019
Create a decorative and functional version of the well-loved garden trug to transport and display your garden bounties; flowers veg. or kindling. An excellent introduction to basket making. Discover the smell, creak and relaxing rhythm of weaving with supple willow. No previous experience required. Hannah Ehlert trained for three years in a coppice worker apprenticeship with a variety of crafts people at the Bill Hogarth Memorial Trust. She has run successful creative green wood-working courses...
£75
Cumbria - Next course on 28th May 2019
This is a wonderful opportunity to make your own personal woven rush hat, bag or basket in a day, using the native common bulrush (Scirpus Lacustris). For availability on this course please see our website above, thank you. For the hats you will start with your own custom-made hat block, you will learn how to weave this wonderfully supple material using techniques common to basketry, to create a unique hat to wear and treasure. On...
£10
Northumberland - Next course on 20th July 2019
Get creative with us at The Sill with our Willow Making workshop. You'll work with Anna Turnbull of Biteabout Arts who has made the amazing willow animals you see around the building. You will make you very own dragonfly or mouse from willow grown & harvested in Northumberland to take away with you.
£10
Northumberland - Next course on 20th July 2019
Get creative with us at The Sill with our Willow Making workshop. You'll work with Anna Turnbull of Biteabout Arts who has made the amazing willow animals you see around the building. You will make you very own dragonfly or mouse from willow grown & harvested in Northumberland to take away with you. Sessions run for approximately 90 minutes.
£20
Shropshire - Next course on 24th May 2019
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.
£20
Carmarthenshire
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...
£35
Warwickshire - Next course on 27th July 2019
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...
£35
Suffolk - Next course on 1st July 2019
Karen Lawrence has been weaving baskets for 10 years. She holds a level 3 City and Guilds weaving qualification from City Lit. She was made a Yeoman member of the Worshipful Company of Basketmakers in 2018 and is a member of the Basketry Association. Learn how to weave a sturdy 5ft plant support for your garden. Students will learn lobster pot weave to shape their willow wigwam and also a willow binding knot to hold...
£35
Strathclyde
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.
£35
Cardiff
Willow is natural, sustainable and widely available. A beautiful, hand crafted Willow Heart Wreath is the perfect eco-friendly statement piece for the home or a gift to show someone you care about them. Clare Revera will show you how to create your Willow Heart Wreath form. She will introduce you to the craft of willow work as well as sharing her knowledge about the cultivation and use of willow throughout history. You will leave the...