A Guide to Working With Willow.
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About the Course
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 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 :-)
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What's included in the price?
Use of tools, materials and refreshments are included.
I attended the Stag Course in April and left with not only a wonderful Stag, but some excellent advice and skills. I think I may have caught the bug as it wasn't long before my own willow arrived and using all the techniques learnt, I was able to sculpt my very own piggy.
Caroline Rutkowski - - #15488
What a lovely afternoon spent with Sally Anne today. With her expert help and knowledge I made a wreath which I was able to decorate afterwards with the wonderful array of beautiful dried grasses.
Thank you Sally Anne for your excellent teaching in your welcoming cosy cottage.
I will be definitely be back for the basket course.
Relaxing, fun and inspiring.
Sheena Dunderdale - - #14885
My husband and I had a really enjoyable day with SallyAnne and couldn't believe how much we learnt, and made in just one day. She is a fabulous teacher; clear, patient and fun, and happy to tailor the day to what we wanted to make. We started with small obelisks then progressed to a large one, a sphere and samples of fencing and how to start a basket. There are lots of beautiful crafts around the cottage that inspire you to want to have a go. A wonderful change from the usual work day - highly recommended.
Bev and John - - #14867
Willow weaving was on my to do list as part of future plans to take up a craft long term. Sally Ann is a great teacher, with a great approach, relaxed and enjoyable. Enabling us to create a useable product at the end to be proud of.
A lovely day spent with friends, the garden centre was also excellent and looked after us well, thank you Nikki, @ be a garden maker.
Denise - - #14729
I would highly recommend Sally-Anne’s Willow Stag day course. It was my first time working with Willow and Sally-Anne made it so enjoyable with her teaching, expertise and patience. I’m looking forward to doing another of Sally-Anne’s willow courses.
Sarah Hartley - - #14583
My daughters and I had a wonderful day in Sally Anne’s cosy cottage. We each made a robin in the morning and a basket in the afternoon.
SallyAnne has a great teaching style; friendly, relaxed, helpful and very informative.
I can’t believe what we achieved in one day and how many new skills we learnt almost without realising!
I would certainly recommend her willow courses if you fancy trying a new craft - and under SallyAnne’s guidance anyone will achieve a great result.
Thank you for our day.
Joy - - #12740
My 11 year old daughter and I spent the day with Sally-Anne at her lovely home, making a pair of handsome stags.
Sally-Anne is a brilliant teacher and was fantastic with my daughter. Barley is beautiful village & we enjoyed lunch at The Cabin.
Can't wait to come back.
Laura K - - #12247
Spent a fabulous day with Sally Anne yesterday making Christmas willow decorations. I couldn't believe we did so much in one day. The level of teaching was outstanding, Sally Anne is very enthusiastic, knowledgeable and helpful. I was also very impressed by all the resources that had been prepared for us!
My house if now full of festive willow weavings! Highly recommended!!
Naomi Richardson - - #12126
My Mum and I went on a half day Willow Working course with SallyAnne last week for my Birthday present. We both thoroughly enjoyed it. SallyAnne is warm and welcoming, she was organised and very professional. It was obvious that SallyAnne was not only passionate about willow crafting but a skilled teacher.
We made a fabulous angel each which we are both very proud of. I learned lots about willow and weaving techniques on the course and came away feeling confident that I will be able to make more willow items as SallyAnne made it seem very simple.
I can't wait to do the next course!
Anna Bowen - - #11990
Have just completed my second course with SallyAnne this time making a stag. Had a wonderful day and yet again came home with something I am very proud of. It was only three weeks age since I attended making an obelisk. I am sure this speaks volumes how much I enjoyed the course. Thanks again SallyAnne Ann Cowell
Ann Cowell - - #11948
Had a amazing day on sally anns willow weaving stag course. Felt like i really learnt something and achieved my own masterpiece. . Would highly reccomend it to anyone. Thanks sally ann
Charlotte Duerden - - #11942
Had a full day course making a willow stag with Sally Ann.
I was quite concerned that I may not be able to do it ,
I needn't have worried, the teaching and patience of sally ann was just amazing, everything was very well organized, had a fantastic day, and yes the stag looks amazing . Thank you sally ann
Claire milligan - - #11923
My friend and I spent a wonderful day with Sally Anne weaving our stags heads and were amazed with the results after only a few hours! Now totally addicted to willow weaving we are going to book another course to weave a complete stag!
Nicola ogden - - #11808
Myself and two friends spent the day with Sally Anne making small stags and a hare. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and we were thrilled with what we had made in just one day, it didn’t seem possible. Sally Anne is an excellent teacher and shared with us lots of knowledge around her crafts. Barley is also a lovely village with 2 pubs and a cafe on the car park so you can combine your course with a nice lunch. I can’t wait to book on to another course and will definitely be recommending to friends.
Lisa Richardson - - #11531
Have just returned home after a session with SallyAnne making an obelisk. As a complete beginner was totally unsure what the course would be like. All I can say is that I had a thoroughly enjoyable day. I attended with my friend also a complete novice but with SallyAnnes help and encouragement we both made obelisks that we are very proud of. She is a lovely lady who is extremely passionate about her craft. Nothing was too much trouble and she guided us throughout the whole process. If anyone is thinking of doing a course with SallyAnne but is unsure get yourself booked you will have a great day and also come home with an object you will be pleased to show off to your friends and family. Thank you SallyAnne I hope to come back soon.
Ann Cowell - - #11481
Sally Anne is a wonderful woman. We had a lovely one to one in a relaxed environment, she answered all of my questions and went above and beyond with assisting me in creating a white willow angel. I can't recommend her enough! I will most certainly be back to create some more beautiful pieces. Thank you again! Rebecca x
Rebecca Andrews - - #11225
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.
Anne Corbridge - - #10256
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.
Jan Byrne - - #10195
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!!
Peter Murphy - - #10095
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!
Sue Howatd - - #10014
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!
Mary Allison - - #9267
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.
Maree Showler-Smith - - #9110
Fabulous day today. Thank you so much SallyAnne. Excellent teacher and company. Can't wait until the next one.
Christine Barber - - #9106
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.
Louise Riley - - #8452
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!
Rosalind Eve - - #8426
Sally- Anne really knows her stuff. A great welcome and knowledgeable tutor. I'm so pleased with my basket. Sally-Anne adapted my idea into a wonderful nest for my moorhens to use for their babies.
Su Ainsworth - - #8010
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!
Barbara Wright - - #7963
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.
Julie Waterworth - - #7882
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
Sue Holden - - #7861
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.
Amanda Ackroyd - - #7485
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
Christine Ryan - - #7000
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.
Joanne Jacques - - #6999
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
Sue Holden - - #6981
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!).
Joe Gilmour - - #6951
Attended the willow lantern workshop at Space2Make in Accrington. Sally-Anne is an excellent tutor . Really pleased with how my lantern turned out. A really good afternoon. Thank you
Ailsa Bancroft - - #6881
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.
Denise Williamson - - #6857
I had a wonderful day today making a gypsey basket. Very proud of my first effort. SallyAnne has so much patience and is a wonderful teacher. I loved it and can't wait to do my next project.
Christine Barber - - #6614
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.
Alison - - #6599
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!! :)
Sharon Robinson - - #6433
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
Mick & Hazel - - #6202
friendly atmosphere, small number of students makes it easier to ask questions and learn, good company especially the little dog and big cat :)
Ruth Hughes - - #6145
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.
Willow Hearts - - #5946
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.
karen Mackie - - #5763
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.
charlotte gringras - - #5605
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
Sue Bryant- Sharples - - #5430
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!
Chloe - - #5428
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.
Stella Boothman - - #5406
I had such an amazing day. Sally Anne was/is an excellent teacher and has the patients of a saint. I thoroughly enjoyed making my trug. Thank you Sally Anne.
Miss Jarrett - - #5203
I love willow work! Thank you so much SallyAnn, what a great teacher and such a lovely lady, feeling very inspired and ready to attempt an obelisk next!
Jenny - - #5201
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.
Kirsten - - #5195
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!
Helen Lucas - - #5076
The girls love crafts and it is perfect thing for them in the holidays, they are always so pleased with what they make and enjoy showing everyone.
Luan - - #4604
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.
Simon Quy - - #4590
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
Peren Binion - - #4589
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.
Eternal Harmonies - - #4519
Thank you Sally Anne. Really enjoyed making the willow wreath and looking forward to booking on another of your courses soon.
Julia Clayton - - #4467
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.
Pippa Taylor - - #4451
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.
Susan Holden - - #4450
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
JOAN - - #4443
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.
Gil Beeke - - #4252
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! :)
Carmela Cruz - - #4243
Had a great time with Sally making a cool 2m high stag which is now in our garden
Matt Mitchell - - #4240
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.
Ian - - #4237
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