Hedgerow Basketmaking Holiday

Duration: 3 Days

Price: £220

Run by: Jane Wilkinson
at Special Branch Baskets


17 Airlie View
Perth & Kinross
PH11 8BF

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About the Course

Jane Wilkinson from Special Branch Baskets has teamed up with Alyth Craft Tourism to provide a unique crafting experience.  

On our 3 day basket weaving course you will be able to learn an ancient craft whilst still having the opportunity to enjoy the natural peace and the splendid scenery that the local landscape has to offer.  Alyth is nestled at the foothills of the Cairngorm Plateau at the start of the Perthshire & Angus Glens. It is also surrounded by Perthshire Big Tree Country.

Places are available on a non-residential and residential basis, the latter being with award winning partners Kirklandbank Farm and Vanora’s Cottages. The non-residential price is shown.

On day one the course will commence with a walk through the local countryside to gather some of the wild hedgerow materials which can be used to add colour and texture to your piece.  You can choose to make a purely functional basket or a more artistic endeavour. During the rest of the day we will start learning to weave the baskets.

On day two we will continue to weave until lunch time. After lunch you can choose to have a free afternoon or continue weaving. There will be the opportunity to visit ancient, historical Pictish sites; to go on a guided kayaking trip; to hire mountain bikes to explore the local countryside; to visit the local woodland skill’s centre or just the chance to relax. All these activities can be booked through our local tour operator partners in Alyth.

On day 3 you will finish your baskets and then there is the chance to have a go at paddling a coracle on Loch Clunie as an exciting finish to the course.
There are limited places (maximum 8) to allow for individual attention.
For those who have caught the basket weaving bug and are really keen we can continue weaving on the afternoon of the second day.

Jane Wilkinson has been making artisan willow baskets; bespoke woven fences and installations and coracles for 25 years. She has a wealth of teaching experience spanning 20 years. She has exhibited work throughout Scotland and internationally and has judged the basketry exhibits at the Royal Highland Show on a number of occasions.

“Passing on the time-honoured techniques of basketry to the next generation is very important to me. Having a good grounding in these techniques then allows you to be creative with the materials of your choice. I am constantly inspired by what people can achieve on my courses. I enjoy watching students reconnect to nature through the process of foraging and harvesting the materials they need to create their basket.”

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

£220.00 is the non-residential cost. The residential cost for one person doing the course is £330.

Costs include welcome supper, midmorning, lunch & tea time catering on course days & all materials.

As much tea and coffee as you can drink on a self service basis.

Tools will be provided but you can bring your own with you as well.

Want to review this course?

Really had a good time, learned many technical skills and the days were interesting and educational. The setting was lovely and Jane was a very good tutor, having expertise in the subject taught.

- - #15487

I attended a two day course on basket making at Off The Rails in Ladybank. A lovely venue and Jane is a very good course leader. I had a relaxed weekend with my own basket at the end of it. Highly recommended.

- - #15458

Jane enthusiastically led a one day course on making fruit bowls and other works. I was delighted by the finished product and by Jane's knowledge and passion for the subject. Highly recommended for anyone with an interest...no prior skill/knowledge required.

- - #12816

i had a great weekend at Basket weaving. Jane was so patient & passionate with us all. The atmosphere was contagious. For my first time i was impressed, I would be interested to book another course .

- - #12575

This was a great course and I’m really pleased with my completed basket. I had previously attended a one day workshop with Jane so still very much a beginner. Jane does great demonstrations and explanations of what to do so you get the techniques right and she also provides plenty of one-to-one help.
I would definitely recommend Jane’s workshops.

- - #12547

I attended a 2 day basket making workshop at Off the Rails Arthouse in Ladybank. We were a group of 7, some complete beginners and some with a previous workshop under their belt. Jane taught via a combination of demonstrations and one to one tutoring. Thoroughly enjoyed the weekend, and very pleased with my basket. Would recommend!

- - #12534

An excellent course tailored to two levels of ability: beginners and those with previous experience. The tutor ‘s instructions and demonstrations were clear and repeated for each student as required individually. Everyone took home a completed basket, each one individual in materials, details and design.

- - #12478

Jane is a good teacher and has lots of patience! I am very pleased with the resulting fruit basket I made....looking to go on another course with her soon...

- - #11887

I absolutely loved learning with Jane. As an absolute beginner I was amazed to have created such wonderful work under Jane's guidance. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone wanting an introduction to working with willow!

- - #11774

Jane is a great teacher. Providing really clear instructions, plenty of help when needed. I really enjoyed myself.

- - #11771

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Course Start Dates

Friday 19th October 2018

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