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About the Course
You can make a multi-coloured round shopping basket on this one day course. Learn ancient weaving techniques and take home your own creation.
Jon and Becky are both qualified teachers and have been teaching basket making for 25 years.
Basketiers sit or stand to weave at table top height.
We have regular workshops teaching 8 people to make their own coloured willow baskets using locally grown and Somerset willows.
If you are a beginner and you want to make a large, strong and durable basket in coloured willow, this is the workshop for you.
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?
Tools and materials provided in our warm and comfortable craft studio
Hot drinks and afternoon cake
Learn about the cultivation and use of willow.
Optional lunch £5, warm tart and a range of salads from our truly talented caterer Josephine.
(Choose from Vegetarian, Vegan or Gluten Free).
A very enjoyable day - good tuition, good company and good food - thank you!
I was lucky enough to share the day with a friendly bunch of mixed abilities. In spite of that we all finished the day with a very nice looking basket (admittedly most more professional than my wonky offering). This was due, in no small part, to the patience and teaching of Jon (and his lovely assistant.... )
Lunch was as good as I've had in a very long time - fresh and tasty!!
I'd go again to a course run by Jon 😊
Lin Spreckley - - #29391
Jon was very inspiring and friendly, the studio is very welcoming and learnt a lot in one day. Love my basket and a great lunch too. Thankyou so much to both Jon and Rebecca
melanie - - #29360
Really friendly and knowledgeable teacher. Food was amazing, and a lovely learning environment. Fantastic course with like minded people.
Eleanor - - #28747
I really enjoyed the course and the excellent tuition you provided. Making a basket has been a long held ambition of mine. Thank you for helping me to achieve this.
Sue Beaumont - - #28560
We spent an extremely happy and productive day with Jon at The Granary with our Baskets for Beginners course. Warmly greeted with tea and coffee we felt at home immediately and after an introduction to our tools, techniques and objectives we wasted no time at all getting stuck in. With a class size no more than 8 Jon was able to provide constant one-to-one tuition and amend any snags. My 81 year old mum joined us and although her hands are not quite as Strong and supple as they used to be it was no trouble at all for Jon or Beki to lend a helping hand and friendly encouragement.
Lunch was a masterclass in itself! A plated meal around the large kitchen table with the most delicious array of fresh, variably herby dishes like couscous with pomegranate, jewel tomatoes, sliced cucumber, and slaw accompanied by a choice of warm savoury tarts (sweet potato tart for the vegan). All homemade.
By the end of the day we had all produced baskets to be proud of and take home.
Will definitely be back!
Eddie and Bin Bailey - - #28319
Thank you so much for a great day, I really enjoyed it all. I was a total beginner but came away with a lovely basket.
The atmosphere was very relaxed and welcoming, and Jonny was a patient and knowledgeable teacher.
It was a bonus to be served such a sociable and delicious lunch.
Thank you very much for an absorbing and memorable day.
Nicola Cooper - - #27053
We have been on a number of workshops over the years covering a range of crafts, but I have to say Jonny's enthusiasm, skill and kind humour made it a very special day. At no point did we feel rushed so had a most enjoyable experience. Lunch as others have commented was perfect and the whole day was really good from arrival until we departed with our lovely sturdy baskets. We can unreservedly recommend.
Bruce & Lisa Jarv est - - #26996
Response from Jon the basket:Thank you Bruce, it's great to hear what you thought of the day and I'm so glad you liked it. See you both again for another basket one day hopefully? Best wishes
I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. Jon was a very good, patient teacher. Great food and company and I came away with a lovely basket to remind me of the day.
Elizabeth Griffin - - #26627
Response from Jon the basket:Thank you Liz, I am glad you enjoyed the day.
John and Becky good ,patient teachers, let us all stay til we had finished our baskets which took some of us longer than planned, delicious food ,great day, thanks
Luisa turner - - #25800
I treated myself to this course as a birthday present - what a great way to spend my birthday money. The course was so well organised, and Johnny's experience of running workshops and knowledge of willow weaving and basket making was inspiring. A passion for keeping traditional crafting techniques alive was clear.
Spending a day with Johnny and his lovely wife, Becky, was like being in a warm family. I love their house and gardens. They manage to create a home that is full of lots of interesting things. I have a feeling that they both work really hard and love order and care, making the day a really relaxed mini-retreat. The lunch was a super treat, made by my friend Josephine, who used to own Josephine's Tarts in Malvern. I used to go there every Friday for a delicious tart and a chat, so it was great to enjoy her food again.
And, of course, the basket is the prize. I am sure it will have many functions, but toys for the new grandson comes to mind.
Definitely would recommend this in case you were wondering whether to go.
Annie Beatty - - #25633
Response from Jon the basket:Thanks Annie, it's been uplifting to meet so many like minded people who are interested in willow baskets.
Jon is an excellent teacher bringing a fun and an engaging approach to teaching basket weaving. The location and workshop space is perfect. Really enjoyed all aspects of the day including Becky's homemade cakes. A lovely way to spend a Sunday and learn a brilliant new skill. Thanks Jon and Becky for your warm welcome.
cleo - - #25616
Response from Jon the basket:Thank you for coming to make a basket Cleo. I am so pleased you enjoyed the day.
A really good day in a relaxed atmosphere with great tuition and help from Jon to make the basket.
Lots of steps and different techniques to learn and use, and hopefully remember next time I want to make one on my own!
The home made lunch provided was really good also and not to be missed.
I would definitely go back again to learn how to make various other items that I see on display while there.
John Jones - - #25615
Response from Jon the basket:It was great to meet you John and your basket was quite amazing.
A splendid day it was, a relaxed atmosphere, comfortable and lovely space with clear instructions from Jon.
We created the base for our baskets in the morning (with a tea and delicious cake break too!).
A really delicious lunch was provided in Jon and Beckys kitchen and then back to the workshop space to finish our baskets. I have been twice, the 1st basket is a beautiful thing with a handle for bringing in fire logs and the second a specialised one for one of my performance bikes.
I highly recomend the whole day, great instruction, friendly group, great space, lovely lunch and a treasure to keep for ever! 🧡
Steve White - - #21873
Jonny was a good teacher, lunch & company was great. Enjoyed the workshop very much & I would do one again. Wonderful to come home with a shopping basket of such beautiful colours, that I've made myself from willow rods & that will last for years to come.
Jane - - #21868
I received this day as a gift and didn’t know what to expect but I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and came away with a beautiful basket made by own hand which was a real bonus. Basket weaving is not as easy as it may look but Jonny is a very good teacher. I have to also mention that the lunch was outstanding, enhanced by the fact that someone else on the course had brought a bottle of vino or two so all in all, great course, fantastic lunch, good company with lots of laughs - I would definitely recommend it!!!
Jette - - #21862
Very good day. John and Becky were very patient and helpful.
Lesley Rhodes - - #21856
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