Hedgerow basketmaking

hedgerow basket with spindle made on the workshop at Usk castle 2016


Come to the Tithe Barn at Usk Castle in Usk and learn how to weave a hedgerow basket with coloured wild hedgerow materials and willow using 5 different weaving techniques including putting together the slath, pairing,putting on the upsett,waling,randing and finishing off with laying the border.
We will discuss material selection and preparation and what can be used as we go and will start by making a base each in the morning. Following this with the upsett and refreshment. Afterwards some waling and then a stop for lunch.

In the afternoon we will move on with more waling in different materials and then lay the border. This is a popular weaving course for mixed abilities, please contact me beforehand if you have recently had an operation in your hands, wrists or arms. Most of the material for this workshop has been harvested locally.
All tools and materials provided and tea, coffee and homemade cake. Bring a sandwich if you wish for lunch.

Usk Castle is a fantastic setting for this natural workshop and there are stunning views, lovely gardens and a warm welcome. The historic town of Usk has shops, restaurants and pubs within walking distance and lovely river walks.

Wyldwoodwillow is a small willow business set up in 2000 run by me Amanda Rayner. My aim is to help people rediscover how versatile and sustainable willow really is. I make anything to order and specialize in weird and wonderful commissions. I make a range of baskets, sculpture, coffins, decorative fencing and living willow as well as running workshops throughout the year at venues across the South of England including Humble by Nature in Monmouthshire and Wilerness survival skills in Wiltshire and The Sustainability centre in Hampshire.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All the material for this workshop has been harvested locally.
All tools and materials provided and your work is yours to take home at the end of the day!!
Tea, coffee and plenty of homemade cake will be provided for you. Please bring a sandwich if you wish.


Amanda Rayner at wyldwoodwillow


New Barn
Usk Castle Chase

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Romantic
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Tutor can travel
  • UK Holiday
  • Wheelchair users


1 day (flexible times to suit)

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Lisa Hillman - - #4175

Amanda is an incredibly amazing person, a brilliant and inspiring teacher... I have learnt so much from her, she gave me a real love for weaving that I will keep with me always. Her workshops are always so relaxing and enjoyable. Amanda teaches with patience, care and a beautiful sense of positiveness in the students own ability. Anyone attending Amanda's workshops with leave having learned a wonderful craft and having had the chance to meet one of lifes very beautiful human beings! Thankyou Amanda! =) xxx

In-person course
Susie - - #4155

It's always a pleasure to work with natural materials and to have such a great teacher in Amanda. To date I have made a hazel and willow obelisk, a small hurdle, a decorative dragonfly and some christmas decorations....a serial course goer! You will amaze yourself at what's achievable given expert instruction.

In-person course
Richard Pugh - - #4149

A brilliant course! I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon making a pea frame and hurdle under Amandas' guidance. She is patient, explains things very clearly and is a lot of fun. And the cake was smazing :-)I would highly recommend this course to anyone wishing to try willow weaving.

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