Crafty Basketry's willow basket making for beginners - Day course at King John's Nursery, Etchingham, East Sussex
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? Examples of what you could make are a small fruit bowl, bread basket, or tray with two handles, just to give you an idea of size. It's a great day to spend with friends, but also really refreshing to share with like-minded people you've not met before. Basket weaving is very therapeutic, as you are using head, heart and hands, bringing body and mind back in sync. Is this something 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 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. This course will be held at King John's Nursery in Etchingham, in one of the barns or underneath one of the large oak trees, in the shade. Please contact me for a more tailored experience.
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, as the Nursery does cakes but not lunches. There will be fruit for when we get peckish.
Strict - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts
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.
- Hearing impaired
- Vision impaired
- Limited mobility
- Learning difficulties (SEN)
- Stag dos
- Hen dos
- Father's Day
- Accommodation offered
- Intermediate level
- School holiday workshops & activities
- UK Holiday
- Parking provided
- Suitable for beginners
- Overseas Holiday
- Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
All materials, use of tools, teas, coffees and sometimes mince pies, nibbles and mulled wine are included in the price.
I do advise people to bring a packed lunch, although at some venues they can provide lunch. Please get in touch, if you'd like to find out more about a certain course and the lunch that can be provided.
Yes, I teach children from the age of 8, usually, but have noticed that home-taught children adapt much more easily to weaving with natural materials then children who have followed the mainstream route. Please get in touch and we can discuss your wishes.
Yes, happy to do this! Let me know in what area you live and whether you have a venue in mind (it's not always easy for me to find a venue that is the right size with kitchenette, toilets and outside space) and I will arrange a course there. It'll take me about 3 months to arrange this and have a fully-booked course, so why not get in touch now and we'll discuss what you have in mind.
I advise people to share a car where they can. However, if it's just you, there should be ample spaces to choose from, should you arrive in time; half an hour before the course start time.
Not all venues have spaces for disabled, but please let me know in advance and I will make sure you will be able to park as close to the front door as possible.
If you wish, you could bring bodkins, secateurs, knife and wrapping tool, but I will provide you with all the tools you need for what you'll be making.
From the age of 8, they should be able to make small projects. From the age of 12, they should be able to weave a basket. However, please get in touch to find out whether your child is ready for it yet.
People on the spectrum will be very capable of weaving baskets, as they understand the rhythm, patterns and the methodical way of working. Are you struggling with (pre-)menopause, or early onset of dementia, then you may struggle and perhaps trying a shorter course instead of weaving a basket would be a safer option for you.
For most other mental health issues, weaving a basket, being with like-minded people from varying backgrounds and in nature is very beneficial. It can give those a sense of freedom and joy, as well as confidence of getting out and about and self esteem, having achieved making a basket from scratch.
I intend to add dates once a course is nearly fully booked. Please get in touch, if you have a date in mind that is 3 months in advance, or if you'd like to organise a private course for friends or family.