Country Willow Frame Baskets with Hazel Godfrey

Duration: 2 days

Price: £160

Run by: Peter and Kimberley Keegan
at The Courtyard Art Studio

01296 733200

The Courtyard, Claydon Estate
Middle Claydon
MK18 2EX

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About the Course

Create a beautiful organic willow basket perfect for harvesting fruit and garden produce, foraging or collecting eggs.

During this two-day course you will discover the techniques and principles used to make this ancient form of basket.

You will learn how to construct a frame for your weaving using willow hoops and traditional binding methods, and explore shaping options as ribs are introduced before and during the weaving process. Hazel will demonstrate each process and explain the principles of strength, balance and tension required to achieve a good shape for your basket. You will also learn about how willow is grown and harvested, different methods of preparation and associated terminology. There will also be a brief introduction to alternative weaving materials. A factsheet will be available containing useful diagrams, terminology, and tips for sourcing materials, tools and suppliers.

This course is suitable for beginners.

By the end of the course you will have made a useful frame basket approximately 25cms in diameter. You will be familiar with the principles of willow frame basketry and have the knowledge to confidently purchase materials in the future, and some tips for experimenting with gathered materials.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Tea, Coffee, biscuits and cold refreshments will be available throughout the day. Lunch is not provided although The Phoenix Tea Rooms, just next door, provide an array of meals, light lunches and snacks. Alternatively, there is a fridge and microwave in the studio kitchen for you to use if you prefer to bring your own lunch.

All tools are provided, but if you have a sharp pair of secateurs it would be useful. Please bring an old bath towel or similar for keeping your willow damp during the day. It is advisable to bring an apron or wear old clothes.

Material fee:

There will be an additional fee of £7 for materials and the option of buying some alternative materials that can add contrast and colour to your work if desired.

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Course Start Dates

Saturday 14th July 2018

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