Full-day Traditional basketry willow workshops with Pip Cottage in Lancashire



Pip Cottage offers basketry workshops including traditional basket making, living willow and sculpture. The workshop on Sunday 29th May 2022 is a full day and we will be making a woven round basket such as a bread, peg or hanging basket and will be held at the lovely Rewilding project in Cockerham.

Other full day workshops include: 29th May Round Basket, 30th June Frame basket, 8th July frame basket, 11th Aug Cordage making, 12th Aug Cordage loop bag, 1st Oct Round basket, 15th October mini sculptures, 4th Nov Deer sculpture, 26th Nov Animal Sculpture,10th Dec Christmas decos, 15th Dec deer sculpture. Full day workshops are held at Stanhill Methodist Church in Oswaldtwistle, Be A Garden Maker in Wigglesworth, The Rewilding in Cockerham and Park View4UEcopod in Lytham.

Please use the 'message the tutor' button for more information and to find out more about the venues and what kind of basketry you can make on the date you are interested.

I demonstrate how to make the objects step by step and the workshops are suitable for beginners or the more experienced. Class numbers are small and relaxed so that everyone gains the skills to successfully make their own handcrafted woven objects.

I have been teaching natural gardening and crafts for over 13 years and basketry and living willow since 2012 for various environmental organisations and more recently for my own business Pip Cottage. I was lucky enough to win a Heritage Crafts Association/NADFAS Award in 2016 to study traditional English Basket-making and will be passing these skills on at the workshops.

The date will be moved or a refund provided if in Lockdown.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All workshops are fully risk assessed with tools and materials provided for each individual participant and tables/chairs spaced at least 1m apart. Please bring your own food and drink or buy from the site catering facilities where available.


Julie Livesey at Pip Cottage

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Pattys Barn
Hillam Lane, Cockerham

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners


7 hours (9:00am to 5:00pm)

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Jan Eggleton - - #39321

Attended one of Julie’s day courses at Be a Garden Maker on Friday and had a brilliant, informative time. Julie is an excellent teacher and we all completed our sculptures in the allotted timescale. My garden now has a lovely woven heron. Julie also provided extra rods to give the kegs extra stability. It was lovely to meet Julie and the other attendees. We all learned new skills and were extremely enthused to carry on. I would totally recommend the experience. Thank you Julie.

Response from Pip Cottage:

Hello Jan, thanks for your lovely review, it was good to meet you and I'm glad you enjoyed the workshop. It would be great to see a picture of your fab heron in the garden!
Thanks, Julie

Tracy Saunders - - #39300

Attended the bird/bee sculpture course at Be a Gardener Maker
Julie was great. Her style is relaxed, calm with an eye on the clock to make sure we got refreshment breaks (the food was excellent).
She brought examples of sculptures at various stages of completion so that we could see how ours might develop, although flexible enough to invite us to create our own versions from books or sketches.
Providing all the essential tools and explaining the varieties of willow available, helpful at the key stages but hands off to allow you to be creative.
Really enjoyable experience, everyone completed their chosen sculpture and also left with a bundle of willow to continue to fill out or make a wreath. Great value thanks Julie.

Response from Pip Cottage:

Thanks Tracy for your lovely feedback, it was good to meet you and glad you enjoyed the workshop. Your bee sculpture is very good and it would be great to see a photo of the bee in situ. Thanks, Julie

Sherri Highley Hammond - - #39297

Superb Willow Weaving course. Really enjoyed my day and feel I have come away with a new skill. I enjoyed it so much I went home and made my own wreath from the extra canes I was given. If you want a marvellous day out, with good food, good company then choose this one. My giant bee now has a new home

Response from Pip Cottage:

Hello Sherri, thanks for your great review and glad you enjoyed the day, it was good to meet you. Your bee sculpture was excellent and very well woven. Thanks, Julie

Sharon - - #39291

Fantastic willow weaving course yesterday. Absolutely loved it and will definitely doing more with you. The Course was well organised, samples to view and books/sketches for ideas. Great ideas, clear instructions and help whenever needed. I’m now the proud owner of Henry the Heron who’s proudly standing in my garden.
Thanks Julie for a great day, so relaxing - I got lost in time.
Will definitely be booking with you again

Response from Pip Cottage:

Hello Sharon, glad you enjoyed the willow workshop and Henry the Heron is fabulous, a pleasure to work with you and look forward to weaving with you in the future. Thanks, Julie

CCH - - #39208

I had a fabulous afternoon attending the half day workshop making a garden Obelisk. The setting at Haworth Art Gallery was very inspirational, Julie was so welcoming, knowledgeable and skilled. I had expert hands on tuition whilst enjoying a relaxed and friendly afternoon.
It was something I have wanted to do since pre-covid and it did not disappoint. Julie's guidance and patience made a very enjoyable afternoon. Hope to do more of Julie's courses in the near future.
Thank you.

Response from Pip Cottage:

Thanks for your great feedback, it was a pleasure to work with you and your obelisk was well woven and fab. Look forward to weaving with you again. Thanks, Julie

Michele Sappa - - #32831

My sister and I had a lovely afternoon, making a small willow hurdle. There was just the two of us, so we had plenty of attention. The experience , made us want to learn more. Highly recommend the course and tutor.

Response from Pip Cottage:

Hello Michele, glad you both enjoyed the workshop, your hurdles were very well woven and I really liked the choice of colours, look forward to seeing you at another workshop. Thanks, Julie

Karen - - #29342

I recently attended a two day basketry course and made a log basket which I am very pleased with.
The course was excellent.I learnt about willow, it's preparation and various basketry techniques.
Julie is a great teacher and I highly recommend her courses.
A few days later I went to the living willow workshop. This was extremely informative and we made a great willow wigwam in the field.
I bought some rods and intend to build a living structure myself.

Response from Pip Cottage:

Hello Karen,
Glad you enjoyed the workshops, your log basket was very good, a lovely shape and the weaving was great. I would be very interested to see a photo of the living willow structure you build.
Thanks, Julie

valerie mellor - - #28675

The day was fabulous, enjoyable, interesting and well worth the money I would recommend to anyone. Julie was a great teacher.

Response from Pip Cottage:

Hello Val, Thanks for your great review, glad you enjoyed the day, it was good to work with everyone at the workshop and help them make their lovely sculptures. Thanks, Julie

Alison cartwright - - #28622

Really lovely day, with a fabulous willow deer to take home at the end of it. Really welcoming atmosphere and a lovely group of people. Julie gave great information and guidance on the whole process and on tools needed and where to source willow for future projects. And she has great taste in biscuits. Hoping to do a basket course with her in the near future.

Response from Pip Cottage:

Glad you enjoyed the day Alison, some great company and lovely sculptures made on the day. Look forward to meeting you again in the future. Thanks, Julie

Liz Webley - - #28473

I have been to several of Julie’s workshops now and have thoroughly enjoyed all of them. Julie is an incredibly talented and experienced willow worker and is also very patient and kind!
She is very approachable and helpful and I’ve always come away feeling really pleased and proud of what I’ve made. Would definitely recommend! :)

Response from Pip Cottage:

Hello Liz,
Thank you very much for your great review, glad that you have enjoyed the willow workshops, its a pleasure to work with you and you have made some lovely willow baskets and sculptures. It's enjoyable passing on skills to others and seeing their finished products and I'm looking forward to the next workshop.
Thanks, Julie

Julie Williams - - #24391

Hi there,
I attended the oval basket course at Lytham - ecopod on Sunday 1st September, 2019.

It was an amazing experience and Julie was an excellent teacher. Julie is very knowledgeable about all the different aspects of basket making and made it a fun and interesting day. It was my first basket weaving adventure and would certainly recommend it to others who are thinking about signing up for a workshop.

I was so happy with my basket and can't believe how professional it looks. Great day!

Response from Pip Cottage:

Thanks for your great response and glad that you enjoyed the day. Your basket was very good, especially for a first basket, I really like the flow and shape. Enjoy your basket and thanks again, Julie (Pip Cottage).

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