Crafty Basketry's | Weaving Willow Ornaments | Half-day PRIVATE COURSE at Cowshed Workshop, Tenterden, Kent
These courses are for absolute beginners and for people who've worked with willow before. What do I make? You have a choice of items you could make out of flexible, slender basketry willow, from a tension tray or heart, to birdfeeders, dragonflies or spheres. These are all items that can be made in 2-3 hours with a short break for beverages and cake. 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, 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 Art Barn at the Cowshed Workshop is a large but cosy barn with wide doors that open fully at the front, where we are dry when it rains, but you hear all the birds sing and the wind blow, should there be any.
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. Please note: the booking fee f £340 buys you a half-day course for up to 6 attendees!
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
- Suitable for beginners
- Overseas Holiday
- Hen dos
- Corporate days out & team building
- Accommodation offered
- Parking provided
- Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
- School holiday workshops & activities
- UK Holiday
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.
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.