Crafty Basketry's Willow Basket-weaving for Beginners - Day Course at Paddock Art Studios, Lewes



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. 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 Paddock Art Studios house several art rooms, of which we will be using the main largest of the rooms, which is spacious and light. The studios are situated in a very old building that has recently been renovated in keeping of old traditions and looks, making this a charming and inspiring place to work in. Please contact me for a more tailored experience. Please note: Courses will only take place with 4 or more participants two weeks in advance of the course.

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

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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
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Stag dos
  • Accommodation offered
  • Hen dos
  • Parking provided
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Tutor can travel
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Suitable for beginners
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Paddock Studios, Paddock Lane, LEWES, East Sussex, BN7 1TW