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Introduction to Basketry - Vessels Old and New - Full Day Course Tenterden



These courses are for absolute beginners and for people who'd like to experiment with different shapes. The materials are all carefully selected for what we’ll make; a traditional dish, showing you quite a structured, methodical way of working, and a contemporary vessel, which gives you an opportunity to create something that is more free flowing and playful. This will give you a good impression of what it can be like, weaving with willow or hedgerow and with different, ancient weaving techniques. Your course is held in a tranquil setting with nature all around us to fully reconnect and rewind. Full-day courses are £110, start at 10:00 and finish around 16:30. There is a maximum of six participants. A minimum of four participants is required to run this course.  Should bookings not reach the minimum number this course may be rescheduled and you will be emailed. Please book your course a week-and-a-half before the course date to allow for the preparation to take place. It's a fantastic time to spend with friends, but also really refreshing to share with like-minded people you've not met before. Basket weaving is very therapeutic, as you are using head, heart and hands, bringing body and mind back in sync. Working in a group allows you to share experiences, bounce off ideas, so it's also a great way to build new friendships. Truly refreshing for both mind and spirit. Is this for me? Over the years, people with disabilities, or who were thought to be lesser abled were still able to weave a basket. Not quite sure about your abilities, then just get in touch and I will assess to see whether it's for you. Locations I try to organise the courses in rural locations; on farms for instance. This way, we have the benefits of nature around us to fully reconnect and rewild. Please contact me for a more tailored experience.

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What can I Expect? - A relaxed time, immersing yourself in being creative with natural materials in a tranquil setting; - A traditional dish and contemporary vessel made out of different varieties of basketry willow; - The step-by-step, easy to follow guidance from start to finish product; - You will learn ancient basketry techniques and explore other projects with the same use of techniques; the morning being a structured experience and the afternoon a playful, free-style one; - Find out about cultivation, preparation of willow and hedgerow materials and care for your item; - Learn how to use tools provided and what to use if you don’t have those tools at home; - Your lovely wreath 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.


6½ hours (10:00am to 4:30pm)

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts



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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
  • Hearing impaired
  • Vision impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Hen dos
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Parking provided
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • UK Holiday
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Stag dos
  • Overseas Holiday
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Readers Bridge Farm Oast, Readers Bridge Road, St. Michaels, St. Michael's, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6TH