About the Course
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 the North West and I host other courses from other craft professionals from my studio in Todmorden where we also offer small group tuition, 1 to 1 tuition, and professional development training.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All courses include all tools, materials, beverages and cake!
Time flies on these courses, loved it, seeing something amazing you have made yourself, with help from Joe, who is a brilliant teacher. Will definitely be doing more...
Sam Barnes - - #22269
Response from Creative with Nature:Thanks for the review Sam! Some excellent work you produced. Joe. xx
Joe is a really friendly, helpful and patient teacher. I was so pleased that I managed to create a reindeer and a goose in a short time.
She is well organised and supplies all materials.
Kirstie - - #22256
Response from Creative with Nature:Thanks for the review Kirstie: ) Joe. xxx
Informed tutor that knows all the technical details about her subject and delivered with a calm and inspiring manor.
Miranda - - #22240
Response from Creative with Nature:thanks Miranda, lovely to spend a couple of days with you and thank you so much for the willow bark cord!!! Joe. xxx
Jo is such a great instructor with an obvious super passion for the craft which comes across in her teaching.
This was my second course and again I loved it. The atmosphere in the studio is just lovely, I always feel very welcome.
I have learnt so much and look forward to my next course.
I would recommend without hesitation to anyone looking to book a course with Jo.
Kathryn Rawlinson - - #22208
Response from Creative with Nature:thank you Katheryn! a lovely review: ) and a gorgeous basket you wove too!! Joe. xxx
I really enjoyed my asymmetrical basket course with Joe at Creative with Nature. I'm thrilled with my basket. Joe is really friendly, helpful and enthusiastic. She's an excellent teacher and patient too. Thoroughly recommended.
Helen - - #22199
Response from Creative with Nature:Lovely review! Thank you Helen. Joe. xxx
Great course! So pleased with my asymmetrical basket. Joe is an excellent teacher, very knowledgeable, calm and she has such a passion for her craft. Her love of weaving is really inspiring and she explains the complexities of willow weaving and basketry in a really accessible way. Highly recommended.
Melanie Louise - - #22194
Response from Creative with Nature:Really glad you enjoyed the weekend Melanie and a great basket you wove! Thanks so much for sharing the pictures with me: ) Joe. xxx
I should have completed this course in the winter but was unable to due to a minor virus. I was therefore very pleased that Jo allowed me to re- book on this spring one day course making a bread basket.
It was my first attempt at willow weaving, after many years ago making cane baskets with wooden bases, with children. I wanted to experience the process of making a willow basket from scratch, with just the willow.
I found the whole process very varied, interesting and mind consuming. Once can see why it was used as an early form of therapy and why Jo emphasised that it was a piece of technology. I found it a difficult process but Jo was always there to calmly guide me through my problems. My basket isn't perfect but it sits proudly on my kitchen table full of fruit. I now look at all the many and varied baskets in my house with an increased respect for their makers.
Mark Barnes - - #22189
Response from Creative with Nature:thanks for the review mark glad you enjoyed the day. joe. xx
I've been on three willow weaving courses run by Joe Gregory, of Creative with Nature, and I would thoroughly recommend all of them. The foraged basket course was a joy - from learning about the different natural materials and their properties, to being taught the weaving process with expert advice, to bringing home the wonderful finished product (incorporating willow, hazel, holly, birch, dogwood and ivy).
The hare sculpture course was also fantastic - looking at Joe's sample sculptures, at the start of the day, I thought "I'll never to be able to complete something like that that in a day"- but under Joe's careful guidance, I ended up with a willow leaping hare that is a much-admired wall feature in my home. I then booked onto the bird sculpture course, and loved making the willow heron, which stands next to the pond on my allotment.
Joe is a true expert in her field - I feel lucky to have been able to learn from her.
Christine Edmonds - - #21692
Response from Creative with Nature:That's a lovely review!! Thank you so much Christine: ) Joe. xxx
A wonderful two days of making & crafting & company. Joe is an inspirational teacher and guide. I'm always amazed by the quality of the willow baskets woven in the workshops and the proud faces of us beginners as we show our basketry off for the end-of-class photo. I'm starting to 'get' the process of making a round basket with a 'slath' base and how this differs from a frame basket. I'm remembering the terminology and the processes: waling, French rand, butts & tips, chasing and pairing. Joe knows her willows, from planting, harvesting, drying, soaking and mellowing, and all of this is done for us so that we can concentrate on the weaving. And concentrate and weaving we did. Looking forward to building on these budding skills. Thanks Joe.
Kate Toch - - #21683
Response from Creative with Nature:A lovely and detailed review!! thank you Kate for taking the time: ) Joe. xx
I took part in the foraged basket course with my mum and sister. It was a great weekend and a lovely way to spend some quality time with family and meet new people. Joe is a great teacher, highly skilled and very friendly. Weaving is such a lovely, theraupic process! Great for the soul! I can't wait to go back. I highly recommend.
Melanie - - #18003
Response from Creative with Nature:Thanks Melaine!! look forward to seeing you again. xxx
I've completed 2 basket and 2 sculpture courses with Joe Gregory from Creative with Nature. She's a fab teacher, very patient & helpful. I'm so please with the baskets and the sculptures I've made, highly recommend.
Elaine Robinson - - #17325
Response from Creative with Nature:Thank you Elaine! you're feedback is very welcome. Well done on another gorgeous basket. xx
I had such a good time on this course - The satisfaction from weaving with willow and natural materials, being taught to weave the most beautiful basket is a fantastic feeling. I cant believe how well I did - a lot of it is down to Joe’s being such a good teacher, extremely patient and attentive - and she has the ratio of students to teacher just right so you get all the help and guidance you need. The gallery/studio itself has a very calming, comfortable atmosphere - I felt right at home - I’m already booked onto the next Stag Head course - I can’t wait :-)
Jane Johnson - - #17295
Response from Creative with Nature:That's really kind! Thank you Jane, glad you got so much out of it, including your beautiful basket!! xxx
The shop is based in the lovely old town of Todmorden, with plenty of on street parking and places to go for lunch. This is the third course I have been to, and I have thoroughly enjoyed all of them. But the two day basket making course was fantastic. Joe is extremely patient with everyone. I now have much more of an appreciation for baskets now that I know how much work goes into each and everyone of them. I adore the basket I made and due to the hard work I put into the making of it, I know it will be part of my home for a very long time. The price may seem expensive, don't let this put you off. Yes you can but one cheaper, but it will never mean as much to you as the one you created from sticks of willow. A course to teach basketry and appreciation of an age old craft. can't wait for the next course - already booked!
Donna Kelty - - #17292
Response from Creative with Nature:Thank you Donna! you did such a good job! and a pretty advanced weave with the zigzags for a beginner!! well done. xxx
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