Crafty Basketry's Willow Lampshade - Day Course at King John's Nursery, Etchingham, East Sussex

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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 Alchemy Rooms are newly built and a breath of fresh air, where we have the benefit of large sliding doors to the extensive gardens, where we would work, should the weather permit. 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.

Duration

7 hours

Cancellation policy

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

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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
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Romantic
  • Stag dos
  • Easter
  • Hen dos
  • Father's Day
  • Accommodation offered
  • Intermediate level
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • UK Holiday
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
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FAQs

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.

Venue

King Johns Lodge, Sheepstreet Lane, Etchingham, East Sussex, TN19 7AZ