A weekend basket course making baskets using colourful locally grown organic willow.
Enjoy a couple of days of relaxed making in a beautiful tranquil setting in rural Cambridgeshire. The cottage and studio are set in 2 acres of lovely garden and woodland. Courses are limited to only four participants allowing for plenty of individual attention.
This course is taught by Debbie Hall, an award winning basketmaker who has been making for 24 years and teaching for 18. In addition to running courses from her own studio, she has taught for the Basketmakers Association and is also the regular willow tutor at Cambridge Botanic Gardens.
This workshop is suitable for all - the shape of the basket you make will be determined by your level of experience. Beginners will make round baskets and those with a few baskets under their belts can choose round or oval. This in-depth 2 day workshop allows plenty of time to really absorb techniques effectively without rushing - the best way to learn!
Beginners can expect to complete a medium - large shopper with handle or a small log basket in the two days.The majority of the techniques used are those of traditional stake and strand basketry. Handles can be traditional wrapped willow or wood. I can provide the former, but if you wish to use something a little more unusual, such as driftwood, contorted hazel, chunky vine or ivy then please bring your own material for a handle. Something with a pronounced curve tends to work best.
This year I have a particularly good colour selection, having sourced my willow from a lovely new bed in Waterbeach.
Simple, yummy vegetarian lunches and refreshments are included in the price of £170, but materials are charged for at the end of the workshop depending on how much you actually use - to give you some idea, the willow cost for a medium round or oval basket would be about £7- £8, £10 - £12 for a small log basket.
Bed and breakfast at the cottage is now available. Please enquire if you're interested.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Simple, yummy vegetarian lunches and all refreshments are included.
Debbie Hall at SalixArts - Debbie Hall
Blacksmith Cottage Blacksmiths Lane Shudy Camps Cambridgeshire CB21 4RH
Wow! A first rate course in the art of basketry.
Couldn't be more thrilled with what I was able to achieve, with Debbie's expert tuition, in just two days! I'm not a particularly crafty person but Debbie was patient and ensured everyone in the class made good progress to achieve something they could be really happy with. Debbie also gave us inspiration to maintain our skills once leaving the course by showing us her own incredible creations and, as she grows her own willow in a variety of colours, we were able to take some home to continue using our new found skills.
Debbie is a very welcoming host and provided us with a fantastic lunch too!
A thoroughly enjoyable two days which I would heartily recommend to all.
This was an absolutely excellent course. Debbie was a great teacher, and the surroundings were inspiring, beautiful and relaxing. I found the process of learning to make my first basket, really fun, and therapeutic. I came away after 2 days, very impressed with the basket I had managed to make.
Thank you Radha,
Really pleased you got lots out of the course and working with willow gave you such a sense of satisfaction. Hope you really enjoy using using your beautiful basket.
I love baskets and always wanted to make one so was very pleased to secure the the remaining place on this course during the last weekend in October 2019. As a complete beginner, I went full of hope and although encouraged by Debbie's basketry skill and reputation as a great teacher, I doubted my ability to take it all in. I need not have worried and I was absolutely amazed by what I was able to achieve in just two days with expert tuition. I am now the proud owner of a very beautiful basket that is widely admired whenever I take it shopping. Not only that, the whole weekend was a complete joy. Debbie and the other students on the course were wonderful people and great company; the food and hospitality provided by Debbie during the course were fantastic. The setting at Blacksmith's cottage is indeed beautiful and tranquil. Definitely worth every penny and I cannot wait to go again with a group of friends as I now know this is also possible to arrange. So glad I went. Such a treat...