Basket making for beginners using willow



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 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.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

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 £7, warm tart and a range of salads from our truly talented caterer Josephine.
(Choose from Vegetarian, Vegan or Gluten Free).


Jonny White at Jon the basket
The Granary, 7 Half Key Court
Half key
WR14 1UP

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
Gold Badge
What does this mean?

This craft course provider has been awarded Gold status for receiving 10 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.

The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.

They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.


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Robert Wright - - #33445

A great course, fun to learn and a product at the end. Thoroughly enjoyed it

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Rebecca McKenzie - - #33349

This course was a lot of fun and I now have a lovely (and pretty big) willow basket! Jonny was very welcoming and kept us hydrated with lots of Tea! Lunch was delicous. Becky joined us after lunch to lend a hand with the tricker bits of the baskets. Overall, a wonderful way to spend the day with great company, great teachers and a hand made basket to take home at the end of it.

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Fiona Douglas - - #33140

This was a surprise birthday gift for my husband, we had a great day and made two baskets. The course was clear and informative, having support when needed and allowing independence to practice skills. Jonny and Becky made everyone very welcome, the cakes and lunch were lovely :) The views from the workshop and conservatory were great, a beautiful location.
I hope to return!

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Helenalilly - - #31839

This was a really fun beginners course, that left you with something practical at the end. It was a joy just to be out in the countryside, as the course is located in the beautiful Malvern. There was a lot of information with regards to willow, what to get, from where and when to get it. Definitely something to do with the people in your 'bubble'.

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Sheila Beasley - - #31238

A fantastic experience in a well equipped, spacious workshop, set up efficiently with Covid in mind. John and Becky shared their knowledge effectively and with patience and humour. I was thrilled with the quality of my first attempt at basket weaving and would certainly recommend the course to others.

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Linda K - - #31235

It was a real pleasure to spend the day with both Jonny and Becky in their lovely workshop and home. The instruction was perfect- socially distanced and masks as appropriate. They have taken Covid restrictions seriously yet allowed us to have a relaxed and enjoyable day.
The basket I produced is better than I dared hope for- thanks for the excellent instruction and non-invasive supervision. Both Jonny and Becky gave expert instruction and shared advice readily so we all achieved baskets to be proud of. I’d recommend this course wholeheartedly. I’m definitely going to have another go at home- thanks to Jonny and Becky for the inspiration.

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Rachel - - #31227

Excellent day of quality tuition. Jon and Becky were helpful and informative and very, very patient.
I was extremely happy with my completed basket.

The chocolate cake and flapjack were tasty too.

I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to try basket making.

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Kate Sheehan - - #31226

Fantastic day.
Great tuition, delivered at a pace you can follow.
Very relaxing day and thrilled to produce a really beautiful basket.
Highly recommend John and Becky.

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Susanne Frank - - #31160

Truly lovely day, great setting, excellent teaching, really friendly relaxed atmosphere and delighted with my basket.

Response from Jon the basket:

That is fantastic Susanne, it was lovely to meet you.
Best regards Jonny and Becky

In-person course
Denise Armon-Jones - - #30501

Spent a wonderful day with Jonny and Becky in their lovely workshop. It was informative, challenging and hard work and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I attempt another course!

Response from Jon the basket:

Brilliant. We would love to have you back Denise
Thank you

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Belinda - - #30492

What a treat during these dull and sometimes depressing Covid times. To go to a beautiful spot in the countryside and make a fantastic basket with good company in a covid safe space was a real joy. Jonny is a great teacher and the materials we used were really high quality which meant I ended up with a much better quality basket than I was expecting on a first go! I thoroughly recommend the course and would love to go again - you can never have enough baskets!

Response from Jon the basket:

Thank you Belinda.
It was a pleasure to meet you and spend the day weaving.

In-person course
Lin Spreckley - - #29391

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 😊

In-person course
melanie - - #29360

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

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Eleanor - - #28747

Really friendly and knowledgeable teacher. Food was amazing, and a lovely learning environment. Fantastic course with like minded people.

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Sue Beaumont - - #28560

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.

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Eddie and Bin Bailey - - #28319

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Nicola Cooper - - #27053

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.

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Bruce & Lisa Jarv est - - #26996

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.

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

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Elizabeth Griffin - - #26627

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.

Response from Jon the basket:

Thank you Liz, I am glad you enjoyed the day.

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Luisa turner - - #25800

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

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Annie Beatty - - #25633

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Response from Jon the basket:

Thanks Annie, it's been uplifting to meet so many like minded people who are interested in willow baskets.

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cleo - - #25616

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.

Response from Jon the basket:

Thank you for coming to make a basket Cleo. I am so pleased you enjoyed the day.

In-person course
John Jones - - #25615

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.

Response from Jon the basket:

It was great to meet you John and your basket was quite amazing.
It would be a pleasure to host you on another day.
Thank you

In-person course
Steve White - - #21873

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! 🧡

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Jane - - #21868

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.

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Jette - - #21862

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!!!

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Lesley Rhodes - - #21856

Very good day. John and Becky were very patient and helpful.

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