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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 lower down this page for current selection available.
I am an outstanding teacher (OFSED grade 1) who has been crafting all my life. I share my love and passion for craft especially those of a rural nature and look forward to discussing your requirements with you.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank those students who took the time to leave reviews on this website. ( just to add that I very rarely have the dog and cat at home it was a one off but they were obviously well behaved and a delight to the reviewers below :-)
What's included in the price?
Use of tools, materials and refreshments are included.
Today was my fourth course with Sally Ann so I think I am hooked ..... 3 willow products and a felt hare .
All have pride of place my Stag is happily decorated in the garden at Christmas and the basket will have bulbs growing in it come the new year my friend has hung the light holders in her concervatory and won't give them back, the hares are used when I make the Easter trail for the grandchildren and are loved!
I am a proud crafter with a thirst for more craft days
THANK YOU SallyAnn hope to see you soon.
We had a wonderful time with SallyAnne making a willow garden obelisk. Thank you for tuition, help and encouragement, we thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon and came away with splendid, original willow supports for our gardens.
Sue and I enjoyed a very informative and enjoyable day with SallyAnne making obelisks for the garden. She is an excellent teacher and very patient in explaining the necessary skills and techniques and is very informative in describing the processes used!!
My daughter and I have just spent the day with Sally Ann where she taught us how to willow weave and make a stags head.
Sally Ann is the most wonderful of teachers, she was soooo thorough and interesting, humourous, patient and kind. Her lemon drizzle cake was perfect too. 😁
We had the most enjoyable of days where we learnt not just the craft work but also history of the craft and the willow.
I can't imagine a course anywhere being so perfect, in every way.
A big thank you to Sally Ann for sharing her talent and skills with us. We're hooked and can't wait to come again learn more!
I've just done a half-day course with SallyAnne making a willow light holder for the garden. I had a fantastic time learning something new. SallyAnne is an excellent tutor and the small group size meant we all had help when we needed it. I wish I lived a bit closer so I could do more willow work courses with SallyAnne, but am definitely going to have another go at one of her other willow projects next time I have some time off work. Excellent value for money and loved the cake and cuppa in the break!
Such a wonderful day. Loved every minute and so proud of my new skills learnt and the creation of a wonderful stag head! Want to do it all again tomorrow. Sally-Anne is a fab teacher, full of knowledge and helpful tips and ideas. My stag looks amazing, so chuffed to bits with it. Can't wait to sign up again on next weaving day.
My husband and I have just returned from a fantastic day making baskets with SallyAnne. We were both complete beginners, but came home with a lovely, sizable basket each. The pace of the day was perfect, with really good explanation of the techniques and lots of help where needed! Thank you again, we had a great time.
What a wonderful day! Sally-Anne immediately put me at ease and very quickly understood what I wanted from the day. I've learned about willow work and not only come away with finished willow balls that I am very proud of but also a multitude of ideas and techniques for the future. In an exquisitely beautiful setting, Sally-Anne was calm, engaging, knowledgeable and encouraging. It was very productive and enjoyable. I'd recommend it to anyone. Thank you Sally-Anne!
Thoroughly enjoyed the willow wreath course at Barley on Sunday, which I attended with my friend and sister. I have never done any willow work before, yet came away with a lovely spring wreath which now has pride of place in my conservatory. Sally-Anne is a wonderful teacher, who explains everything so well and is so warm and friendly. I'm going foraging tomorrow to find some dogwood to make another!
I attended the Willow Weaving course on Sunday 19th February with my daughter. The course was beyond our expectations. The size of the group was perfect and the level of the teaching was easy to understand and very friendly. The refreshments provided were above and beyond! We were both inspired and motivated by what we saw on the workshop. I don't think you could improve on what was offered. We were rank beginners and yet we came home with a beautiful Spring wreath which is so impressive and professional looking. I would love to attend another course and considered it excellent value for money. Thank you.
Last Thursday I attended a Willow Wand workshop at the Crafternoon in Barley.
Sally Anne was as always excellent. I have previously made a Willow Angel and also spent a full day before Christmas making a wonderful stag.
Sally Anne is the most patient teacher, she is informative and if you think things aren't going quite right, she is very encouraging and gives you the belief you CAN do it.
Her courses are excellent value for money too
I have just spent the most enjoyable and constructive day with Sally-Ann making a beautiful stag, named Tom. Great teaching technique with just the right mix of verbal instruction and physical demos of the various processes required. I would recommend Sally-Ann to anyone serious about making willow weaving their new hobby.
Thank you for such an enjoyable day basket weaving Sally.
You were so approachable, informative and helpful, particularly to complete beginners as myself!
The pace and instruction were perfect. I never imagined we'd complete a whole basket in a day!
The atmosphere was made extra special by the Gathering fields location.....lovely and cozy with a large wood burning stove and fleece blankets for extra warmth if needed. Food was a bonus with a lovely Christmas atmosphere.
I would love to do more!
Many thanks again
I really enjoyed the learning experience and the final basket
I attended the angel willow weaving course. The tutor Sally Anne was lovely, well organised, very informative and patient. There was plenty of materials and good quality tools for everyone to use, with the added bonus of homemade refreshments very festive. I would highly recommend her course.
Today I attended a workshop to make a Willow Angel with Sally Anne. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sally Anne is so patient and she explains things really well. The price of the workshops are excellent value for money and include all materials plus fabulous refreshments. Will certainly be booking again
What a lovely day I had on the gypsy basking weaving course with Sally Anne.
The course was well organised and very interesting.
I have always wanted to try willow weaving, and was not disappointed when I finally got the chance.
It is not easy but, with Sally Anne's encouragement and great teaching, I have made a willow basket I am proud of (when I look at it now I still can't believe I made it!).
My daughter and I had a brilliant afternoon making willow Angels. Sally-Anne is a very patient and motivating teacher and we each came away with angels we are proud of. The relaxed and comfortable surroundings of Sally-Anne's delightful home added to the pleasure of the afternoon.
A second wonderful day with SallyAnne. We were delighted with the willow stags we made and struck once again by SallyAnne's generosity as a teacher and craftsperson. We had a day which stretched our brains and developed a whole different range of skills from the basket work we began with last time. SallyAnne is patient and sees just when help is needed. She builds confidence in those learning with her and takes delight in their learning.
I attended the gypsy basking weaving course with Sally Anne. I found Sally Anne to be not only very welcoming but very easy to chat to and get along with. Her home is absolutely beautiful and so are the many willow crafted items around the place. I thoroughly enjoyed myself making my basket and Sally Anne was a great teacher. I am already considering what course to do with Sally Anne next!! :)
Thank you Sally Anne for a super day in your lovely cottage - with Cathy the dog and Dingle the cat. You were so patient and attentive during our willow weaving experience and were so pleased with what we both made. You made us feel so welcome and nothing was too much trouble. We appreciated all the info you shared about the willow and the different techniques you were keen to share. Thanks again. Mick & Hazel
This half day workshop was suitable for people new to willow work and those with some experience. All successfully made a selection of 'Hearts' and dressed them with some lovely trimmings, which were available at no extra cost. Everyone had a lovely time, Beautiful lemon cake and tea was an extra treat.
Had a lovely day with Sally Anne. As everyone has said she is very patient and a good teacher. Had never done willow weaving before but with Sally Anne's guidance I found the course therapeutic and was very pleased with my finished hare which has pride of place at home! Would recommend to anyone wishing to try something a little bit different.
Sally is an excellent and pleasant teacher, and however hard I might have found elements of making my hare, she rarely 'took over' which some craft teachers I've known are tempted to do. I had longed to do willow work for many years and if she and I lived closer I would certainly learn another craft with her. My willow hare is very proud of himself! I am exhausted but very pleased with him.
I can honestly say this is one of the best courses I have been on. Sally Ann is a great teacher and it shows. I'm not the most gifted person at craft work, lose patience easily but was able with her teaching to complete two light holders. Wonderful that she is helping to keep this ancient craft going. Thank you Sally Ann and your hubby for the cuppa and refreshment.
Sue Bryant- Sharples
What a fantastic afternoon we had! A lovely introduction to a new craft for us all, we never realised how therapeutic it would be! Sallyanne is happy to answer any question you may have! At the end of the afternoon we were all proud of our achievements and hooked with the willow weaving bug! Highly recommended!
Spent a lovely day with the very knowledgeable SallyAnne. I booked a one to one course as I was keen to learn lots of different techniques and methods. I learnt so much, SallyAnne is a very patient, organised and encouraging teacher, with an enthusiasm and motivation to share her skills and knowledge. I felt relaxed and enjoyed every minute of this day. I would definitely recommend attending any of her courses, I will definitely be back for more. Thank you so much.
Very enjoyable morning learning the art of willow weaving. I've definitely got the bug now and will be back to try my hand at a willow Hare sculpture. Sallly Anne was a great teacher and much fun was had by all.
Had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon with Sally Anne, making a willow light (to learn the basic techniques) and then a garden arbour, which I shall proudly place on my allotment to support my runner beans! We learned about the different types of willow and worked with two of these during the session. Sally Anne took us through everything at just the right pace, in a friendly and relaxed way, and we were really pleased with what we achieved. Will definitely be booking onto some of her other courses in the future!
My daughter, Madi had a great time with Willow Witch of Pendle. She said making a small basket was great fun and really easy to do. It was really pretty with coloured ribbons and loved showing her friends at school. Sally-Anne is a natural with children helping to build their skills and confidence to complete the project themselves. We will be booking further rural craft workshops for her.
I made a beautiful easter basket that I filled with mini Easter eggs last year. Sally-Anne gave easy to follow instructions which resulted in a great end result. I still use if for displaying blossom in springtime. Thank you
Sally-Anne worked for us on a Well Women's Day teaching us how to make bells and birdfeeders from willow. It was a really enjoyable activity, great clear instructions and understandable delivery. She has a lovely friendly approach. We will be working together again.
This is the second course I have been on with Sally-Anne - willow wreath the first one being natural toiletries and I shall be booking on many more of the great ones she does! Sally-Anne makes the creative courses very enjoyable, relaxed and easy to follow and understand.
Today I learned how to work with willow, the importance of 'loving it' so it becomes pliable. Thank you so much for a wonderful afternoon. Sally Ann you are a fantastic teacher and were so patient with 6 beginners. Making the spring wreaths was very therapeutic. I would love to learn more crafting techniques and will not hesitate to sign up again. Disappointed to learn I am away in May when you are making the lamp holders.
I loved making this basket and natural toiletries. I even managed to weave the basket with my arthritic fingers due to the help and support offered. Sally-Anne filled me with confidence to produce these natural products that help to keep me feeling young whilst being good for my body. I would more than recommend her workshops. Thank you
I made willow stars with Sally Anne, never having used willow before. I learned about the properties of willow, soaking and stroking, bending and tying! Who knew there was so much to learn? I succeeded in making enough stars to decorate and string with little lights to hang across my mantelpiece, and they look terrific. Fortunately Sally Anne is a patient teacher with a knack of knowing the moment to step in before frustratingly inexperienced fingers and thumbs ruin your masterpiece. I'll definitely be signing up for more courses.
Thank you so much for the wonderful course. It was so relaxing and at the same time inspiring and educational. It was fun to share my learning experience with other students and I also got individual feedback on my basket weaving so that I could progress confidently. I have since also made a candle holder too which is so beautiful. Thank you for giving me a new skill that I can use at home and share with others. I will return! :)
Yes! That Is me and my basket. Isn't it great! This was my first effort and now takes pride of place as the kitchen table fruit bowl. Sally-Anne is a wealth of crafting knowledge and is excellent at teaching the skills to complete beginners like me.