Crafty Basketry's Weaving a Willow or Rattan Lampshade - Day Course in Winchelsea



These courses are for absolute beginners and for people who've made a basket or two. Teenagers from the age of 12 are also able to take part. What do I make? You will be making a lampshade, using a number of techniques. You will learn knife skills too. It's a great day to spend with friends, but also really refreshing to share with like-minded people you've not met before. Weaving with basketry willow is very therapeutic, as you are using head, heart and hands, bringing body and mind back in sync. You're focused and in a tranquil setting, allowing your brain to use work in a different way. Is this something for me? You will be weaving, using slender basketry willow and a few techniques which are easy to grasp. Making these lampshades is a free-style and playful and is less methodical than weaving a basket, for instance. 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 or whether your wrists will manage, then just get in touch and I will assess to see whether it's for you. Locations I try to organise the workshops in rural locations, as then we have the full benefits of nature around us to fully reconnect and rewind. The New Hall in Winchelsea has a very natural feel to it and is sympathetically renovated, where we have the benefit of a garden where we could work from spring to autumn, should the weather permit. Please contact me for a more tailored experience. Please note: Courses will only take place with a minimum of 5 participants, so please book at least two weeks in advance of the course date.

What's included in the price?

All materials, 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.


7 hours

Cancellation policy

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



Crafty Basketry

with Craft Courses since 2021

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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
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Father's Day
  • Intermediate level
  • Hen dos
  • UK Holiday
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Parking provided
  • Mother's Day
  • Romantic
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Public transport
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Easter
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Stag dos
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Winchelsea New Hall, Rectory Lane, WINCHELSEA, East Sussex, TN36 4AA