Crafty Basketry's basket making for beginners with Rattan or Stripped Willow - 2-day Course at King John's Nursery, Etchingham, East Sussex



These courses are for absolute beginners and people who've made a basket or two. Children from the age of 12 can take part also. During this weekend, you can take it all in at your leisure, really get into it and unwind. You’ll be able to weave a rattan or stripped willow basket. This material is quite fine and easy to work with. What to Expect - A basket made out of fine rattan or stripped willow; - The step-by-step, easy to follow process is ideal for beginners; - With different colours and basketry techniques you can create your own patterns; - All rattan or stripped willow, use of tools (if you don't like using your own) and teas, coffees and cakes are included. I ask people to bring lunch. There will be fruit for when we get peckish. It's a fantastic weekend to spend with friends, but also really great to share with like-minded people you've not met before. For Body and Mind Basket weaving is very therapeutic, as you are using head, heart and hands, bringing body and mind back in sync. Working in a group allows you to share experiences, bounce off ideas, so it's also a great way to build new friendships. Truly refreshing for both mind and spirit. Is this for me? Over the years, people with disabilities, or who were thought to be lesser abled were still able to weave a basket. Not quite sure about your abilities, then just get in touch and I will assess to see whether it's for you.  Locations I try to organise the courses in rural locations; on farms for instance. This way, we have the benefits of nature around us to fully reconnect and rewild. Please contact me for a more tailored experience. Please note: Courses will only take place with 4 or more participants a week in advance of the course.

What's included in the price?

All rattan, use of tools (if you don’t like using your own) and teas, coffees and cakes are included. I ask people to bring lunch. There will be fruit for when we get peckish.


14 hours (9:30am to 5:00pm)

Cancellation policy

Strict - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts



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Marianne has been a basketmaker since 2006 and teaches the age-old techniques now applied to contemporary baskets She teaches weaving with willow, hedgerow, rattan and rush. The locations are usually on smallholdings and forest school areas in Kent and East Sussex to fully experience the grounding power of nature. Classes are small, giving you all the guidance you need to create your very own design.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Children
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Stag dos
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Accommodation offered
  • UK Holiday
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Parking provided
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King Johns Lodge, Sheepstreet Lane, Etchingham, East Sussex, TN19 7AZ