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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.

£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...
£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...
£70
Leicestershire - Next course on 26th May 2019
Learn to sculpt your own small willow animal in the grounds of my home in the beautiful setting of Donington Le Heath. We can work indoors or outdoors (weather permitting). Come and join me for a fun and relaxed informal day willow weaving. To start off with I would recommend a small animal or bird as the craft is very time consuming and I want you to leave with a finished piece of willow sculpture....
£150
Yorkshire - Next course on 13th July 2019
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). Go to my website for more information and to see everything I have coming up. I also teach at other venues across...
£75
Norfolk - Next course on 22nd September 2019
You will find the ‘making a small fruit picking basket’ course is ‘full on’, packing a lot into one day, and is aimed at those with patience and stamina (and a fair amount of agility) who would like to master the craft of willow basketmaking. The day will teach all the techniques required to make a round basket with a handle, in the traditional English style, using English willow, and will also give advice on...
£220
Perth & Kinross
Jane Wilkinson from Special Branch Baskets has teamed up with Alyth Craft Tourism to provide a unique crafting experience.   On our 3 day basket weaving 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....
£65
Lancashire
Willow work Is my passion and I am happiest sharing this with others who are interested in learning rural and traditional craft. Courses are bespoke and flexible arranged to meet the needs of the individual including the choice of product/s. From simple weaving such as willow bird feeders to more complicated baskets or animal sculptures all are suitable for beginners and those wishing to develop their skills. Please see the images top left of this...
£65
East Sussex - Next course on 15th June 2019
Try your hand at hexagonal weave basketry and make a hexagonal-weave basket while discovering pattern and unity in nature and many of the world’s traditional cultures. Deepen your understanding of the order in nature and how to apply principles of harmony such as the golden ratio into your work and design practice. You'll also learn how to weave a traditional willow tatza (celtic knot) basket and woven spheres.
£80
Surrey - Next course on 22nd June 2019
The Zarzo basket supposedly originated in Northern Spain where it was used by cheese makers for draining cheese. The rounded flower basket on this course is a great basket for beginners, being very structural and methodical and not to strenuous on the hands and fingers. The course starts with an introduction to willow, where it is grown, its preparation and the different varieties you can weave with. Working in pairs to set the basket up,...
£220
Cumbria - Next course on 22nd June 2019
This workshop is suitable for those that are completely new to working with wood and participants do not need any prior experience of weaving. Adults only, or over 16 when accompanied by a paying adult. This workshop will be limited to 8 participants. The workshop will focus specifically on the following areas: • Choosing a suitable tree for harvesting splint material • Pounding a log to create splints • Grading splints suitable for different elements...