This course is a practical introduction to basic willow basketry skills and techniques. You will become familiar with using willow and make a couple of functional items to take home. You will also learn about willow growing, harvesting and preparation.
Julie Gurr is a basketmaker/basketry artist with over 20 years experience of making and over 15 years of experience of teaching. She was originally taught traditional basketry by professional makers in England, Scotland, and Ireland. She now uses traditional techniques to make functional and contemporary baskets and other forms. She mainly uses willow but also works with softer materials.
1. Introduction to Willowweaving and initial demonstration
An introduction to the willow being used and its preparation. A simple randing weave technique will be demonstrated.
2. Have a go
Complete a small boat shaped basket useful for serving bread, fruit, or other nibbles. Further techniques and safe use of tools will be demonstrated as needed.
3. Demonstration of further techniques and Have a go again!
In the afternoon you will be introduced step by step to further weaving techniques,(waling, pairing, finishing a border and making a handle). You will make a hanging basket that can be used as a birdfeeder or to store garlic in the kitchen.
4. Willow Growing
There will be an opportunity to discuss willow growing.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
A fun, practical day learning willow weaving skills.
You will be able to take home the birdfeeder and boat basket that you make, plus a handout on the types of willow available, where to buy it and how to prepare it.
Willow weaving requires some strength and dexterity in the hands and course participants should be aware that sharp tools will be used and some activities will require reasonable physical input. Stout footwear must be worn (no open-toed shoes please)
Refreshments will be provided, including a homemade cake.
Please bring a packed lunch.
Parking is available at the entrance to our farm and our training room is just a short walk down our track.
What To Bring:
It is helpful if you can bring your own secateurs and a sharp knife suitable for wood if you have one. Tools to share will be provided. Please bring lunch.
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