Crafty Basketry's Willow Plant Supports (Obelisk or Cloche) - Morning Course in Winchelsea



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. What can I Expect? • A relaxed time, immersing yourself in being creative with natural materials in a tranquil setting; • A basket made out of different varieties of Somerset basketry willow; • The step-by-step, easy to follow guidance from the start of your base until the finished product; • You will learn ancient basketry techniques and explore other projects with the same use of techniques; • Find out about cultivation and preparation of willow and hedgerow materials; • Learn how to use tools provided and what to use if you don’t have those tools at home; • Your lovely basket is made from 100% sustainable materials, the ethical, eco-friendly way; and • All willow, use of tools (if you don't like using your own), teas, coffees and fruit are included. I advise people to bring a packed lunch. 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. 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. 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. Please note: A minimum of five delegates is required to run this course. Should bookings not reach the minimum number this course may be rescheduled. Please book your course two weeks before the course date to allow for the preparation to take place.

What's included in the price?

All willow, use of tools (if you don't like using your own), teas, coffees and fruit are included.


3 hours

Cancellation policy

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



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
  • Wheelchair users
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Overseas Holiday
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • UK Holiday
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Easter
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Father's Day
  • Stag dos
  • Mother's Day
  • Tutor can travel
  • Hen dos
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Winchelsea New Hall, Rectory Lane, WINCHELSEA, East Sussex, TN36 4AA