Come to the Surrey Hills for a day of weaving.
This is a great introduction to working with willow as we weave from a wooden base to create a beautiful woven round basket.
Choose to add a handle or make a larger kindling basket without one.
Learning trac borders, three rod wale and a spiral border your basket will be functional and stylish.
We offer different willow and a few other materials so it will be very individual.
This basket workshop is ideal for beginners and we also cover where to source the materials and how to prepare them for use.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All materials are included with a choice of handles, that we have collected and prepared for your basket.
I do supply all tools needed for the course but if you prefer to use your own secateurs please bring them along.
Hot refreshments and homemade goodies available all day, please bring your own lunch
Please book by email using the 'Contact' link above. Thank you.
Nicki Rowling at Willowandyoga
Wotton Village Hall Guildford Road Wotton, Dorking Surrey RH5 6QQ
Goodness me! What an amazing course and what an amazing lady. Nicki, it was lovely meeting you. I was a complete novice and not at all confident in my abilities. Nicki made me feel at ease and got my creativity out of me. With her brilliant instruction, I created something quite remarkable in beautiful woodland surroundings. What more could I ask for? Brilliant day had by all with such fantastic company.
I would thoroughly recommend this course. I will be back! Many thanks.
Nicki's course was excellent because she loves to craft baskets and strikes an excellent rapport with her novice weavers. She is extremely knowledgeable and patient, particularly with me when I kept going wrong with the thin-to-thin weaving! The workshop is situated in a woodland and it was so peaceful and quiet that I came away really relaxed and happy and unphased by the prospects of getting stuck in traffic on the M25 and M4.
As for my basket, I love it! I am so pleased and grateful I have have made something so beautiful and useful and it has definitely whetted my appetite to learn more weaving skills. Thank you Nicki!
I really enjoyed this course, and was amazed by what we were able to achieve in one day. I went home with two beautiful baskets (or one basket and one platter). Nicki was a great teacher, and her husband Brian too. I never felt lost and there was always support on hand if I got stuck. Nice relaxed atmosphere, and amazing cake!!
We had a fantastic day at the hut. Nicki and her husband made us feel very welcome and patiently explained everything. The basket making turned out to be great fun and this for sure not be the last time for me to work with willow. Never thought, that I could make something so nice on my first try. 😏
I so enjoyed this Zarzo basket making course last Saturday and I came away with two wonderful baskets. I would not have believed that I could manage to make two in one day but I did - it was well organised and thought through, and everything was prepared for us. We worked in pairs which was great because it meant that between the two of us we were sure to understand or remember the process, and what one of us could not remember the other could. It made for a friendly session too. Nicki and her assistant-husband were so expert at their craft and were always on hand to help. The village hall was easy to find and there was plenty of parking too. One of the best bits: I have an absolutely lovely Zarzo basket .... and I was a complete beginner. Thank you, both of you!
What a thoroughly enjoyable day. Nicki and her daughter Jaz were excellent tutors. Clear instructions, quick to help and really nice people. Nicki is very knowledgeable about all things willow and a great cake baker!
My husband thought perhaps I had bought the beautiful basket I brought home! Genuinely cannot believe what I achieved. Can’t wait to do another!
We had such a fantastic day making our baskets and are thrilled with the results!
Both tutors were extremely patient and very helpful and made us feel very welcome.
Thanks so much - would definitely recommend!
Thank you Nicki and Brian for such a wonderful day, you made me feel so welcome, and I had such an enjoyable time making the most beautiful willow baskets. I went home feeling so inspired and with such a great sense of achievement :)
Can recommend tipi making with Nicki- had a really enjoyable morning and came away with a beautiful plant support for the garden. Fun atmosphere, great teaching from Nicki and her husband. Delicious coffee and nibbles, so happy to have learned a new skill.
Thanks Laura, it was lovely to meet you and we are so pleased you enjoyed the course.
Nicki and Brian.