The basket weaving workshops are run in small groups of 4-6 people and cater for those who are new to basket weaving as well as those wishing to rekindle their skills. This ensures you receive one-to-one support and guidance on a variety of willow weaving techniques.
If you feel inspired and would like to attend one of the basket weaving workshops, please select See Available Dates or press 'Ask a Question' if you would like to contact us in advance.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
The price includes tuition and refreshments available throughout the day.
A selection of willow sourced from the Somerset Levels is provided along with knives, secateurs, bodkins and rapping irons for use during the session.
If, however, you possess a set of secateurs you prefer to use, please feel free to bring them along to use at the workshop.
The only items you will need to bring are a packed lunch and in colder weather, warm clothing.
This craft course provider has been awarded Gold status for receiving 10 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
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1 day (flexible times to suit)
Next available date
5th December 2020
Me, my gran and sister attended this course with Emma last weekend and we just had the most amazing time. The farm is a completely relaxed environment where you feel at one with nature and the animals, from Willow the Springer, Tibbles the cat and the 14 alpacas that we got to meet too. Emma is such a patient lady, helping and teaching us every part of the way through our basket making, I couldn’t believe what I’d made by the end of the day. The workshop is hands on so you really get to do it all, from start to finish. Equally Emma will help you with anything you need her to - her small classes allow very personal tuition. All three of us spent quality time together in a brilliant setting and we enjoyed Emma’s company and learning a new skill so much. I’d go back to do another course with Emma (and to see Willow again!) in a heartbeat!
Response from Bird Farm Alpacas:Thank you Sian
We had a lovely day making our baskets and we had quite a sense of achievement at the end. We had two very usable baskets to take home and had thoroughly enjoyed our time with Emma finding out what goes into basket weaving and learning on the job. It was also a joy to meet the alpacas!
Lovely days spent rekindling basket making skills last done over 45 years ago as a child.
Emma has only small groups and gives excellent tuition. I went with my husband and he had never done it before. We both came away with baskets we were proud of and use at home. We have done 2 courses and recommend Emma highly.
Whatever your ability, you will really enjoy the courses. The location is lovely and peaceful and it's a great way to get away from the day to day. You just relax into basket making for a day.
Response from Bird Farm Alpacas:Thanks Nikki
Attended the one day basket making workshop run by Emma at Bird Farm on the 7th September.
Have wanted to learn this craft for a long time and Emma is an excellent, patient teacher and I finished the day with a completed basket which I'm very pleased with. Lovely surroundings and a chance to see Alpacas.
We went on the basket making course as 2 adults and a 9 year old child. We all had a fantastic day and our baskets turned out surprisingly well for complete beginners, thanks to Emma's instruction! Emma was great with our daughter too; as her interest waned in the afternoon she took her aside to make a small bird feeder as we got on with our baskets. Thoroughly recommended!
Such a great day, and I am totally inspired to start making baskets at home. Emma was calm and clear in her instructions, and I can't quite believe how lovely my basket is, after just one lesson. Definitely going to return.
This is the second time I have attended a willow weaving workshop with Emma. Although the first time visit in her new workshop.
I'd arranged a two day course to make a log basket, I really enjoy weaving. Emma made tasty flapjacks and lots of coffee. At lunchtime we (sorry forgot to say 2 friends were with me) went for a little walk to see the beautiful Alpacas OMG so cute but so funny!
Love the weaving, Emma is brilliant and loved the Alpacas.
Made a mini break of it and stayed in New Quay (oyster cottage sea views - fantastic) what a lovely town!
Fantastic day! We were complete beginners... 5 friends together. We all made brilliant and different baskets. You can choose your colour willow.. white, green, buff. Loved it so much, 3 of us have re-booked for November... I am making a log basket. Taking the opportunity of booking a cottage by the sea for 2 nights and we can explore! Emma is a lovely lady, really looked after us all and even spoilt us with homemade cakes!!! Thanks. C u in November!
It was a lovely relaxing day with Emma's selection of homegrown, wild and bought willows in beautiful shades of green, brown and white. I went to learn about working with willows for an art project but also went home with an impressive and unusual round basket I had created! The homemade cakes were great too! I hope to go again soon!
My partner & I were recently the subject of the BBC2 documentary series 'Country Strife : Abz on the farm' which followed us as we made the not so seamless transition from urban to rural life. As the series demonstrated that we are absolutely clueless when it comes to rural pursuits, crafting and other such traditional activities...But with Emma Bird I was in safe hands.
I absolutely LOVED this workshop and the result was a really lovely looking basket after just one session!!! (currently our fruit basket) I even learned enough to be able to show help Abz make one when I got home.
Warm friendly atmosphere, excellent flapjacks ;) and brilliant value for money.
We will definitely be attending again