Crafty Basketry's Willow Plant Support (Obelisk or Cloche) - Afternoon Course, Uckfield

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Get immersed in nature around you while weaving an obelisk or cloche and learning age-old basketry techniques. Go for a tailored course and experience it with friends. Great for body and soul!

These courses are for absolute beginners and for people who’ve worked with willow or other natural materials before.

I try to organise the workshops in rural locations; on farms for instance, as then we have the full benefit of nature around us to fully reconnect and rewind.

It’s a great day to spend with friends, but also really refreshing to do amongst like-minded people you’ve not met before. It also opens your eyes to the variety of ways in which to apply your new skills.

Working with natural materials is very therapeutic, as you are using head, heart and hands, bringing body and mind back in sync.

Over the years, people with disabilities, or who were thought to be lesser abled were still able to take part. Not quite sure about your abilities, then just get in touch and I will assess to see whether it’s for you.

Please contact me for a more tailored experience.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

The obelisk course will include learning about cultivation and preparation of willow, its many uses and will teach you some ancient basketry techniques. All materials, use of tools and teas, coffees and cakes are included. There will be fruit for when we get peckish.


Marianne van Niekerken at Crafty Basketry

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Nursery Lane, Fairwarp
TN22 3BD

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Father's Day
  • Hearing impaired
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Overseas Holiday
  • Parking provided
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday
  • Vision impaired


3 hours (1:30pm to 4:30pm)

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Marianne Cox - - #39500

What a lovely day! Highly recommended!
Making willow obelisk structures in peaceful countryside surroundings. Truly the best medicine for the soul!
I will be back! Basket weaving next!
Thank you! 😊

Response from Crafty Basketry:

Hi Marianne,

Thank you so much for recommending my course and you're even going to take part again! This time with your Mum in July! Wonderful! If she picks it up as easily as you did, then you'll end up with beautiful baskets.

Look forward to meeting your Mum once over from Norway.

With best wishes,

Marianne x

Joanna - - #35760

I LOVED my whole day course making a fruit/veg basket. It was more challenging than I expected but the end result was so much better than I expected. My family are all very impressed with my basket and I am very proud of it. Marianne is a lovely patient teacher and the day was extremely well organised. Thank you for the scrumptious chocolate cake, lovely barn and log burner.... the perfect setting for basket making.

Response from Crafty Basketry:

Dear Joanna,

Thank you so much for your review! I'm very pleased that you loved the experience. You made such a lovely basket. I hope you have found the perfect spot to show it off and use it.

Hopefully see you again in the new year with your daughter, making an obelisk or cloche.

Very best wishes,

Crafty Basketry

Caroline Dickson - - #35548

Such a lovely morning making a door wreath woven from willow. Marianne is a patient and kind teacher and it was most enjoyable.

Response from Crafty Basketry:

Thank you so much for your review, Caroline! It means so much to me, that you had a super time. The atmosphere was wonderful again and you made it even more special, adding your artistic flair.

Look forward to seeing you again soon, who knows, at another basketry course.

Many thanks again.

With best wishes,

Marianne x
Crafty Basketry

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