kate morrell willow sculpture courses


Duration: 10am till 4pm

Price: £70

Run by: kate morrell
at kate morrell willow sculpture

07890854559

3 Townsend Lane
Donington Le Heath
Coalville
Leicestershire
LE67 2GF

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About the Course

Learn to sculpt your own small willow animal in the grounds of my home in the beautiful setting of Donington Le Heath We can work indoors or outdoors (weather permitting). Come and join me for a fun and relaxed informal day willow weaving. To start off with I would recommend a small animal or bird as the craft is very time consuming and I want you to leave with a finished piece of willow sculpture. I will show you the techniques I use to make the sculpture from start to finish and feel free to bring along any pictures to work from or I can print a picture of your chosing as a reference for you to work from when you arrive
Please email me with the date you are interested in.

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What's included in the price?

Tea/Coffee and a light lunch will be provided throughout the day and materials are included in the price. We are close to Kelham Bridge nature reserve if you fancied a short walk on your break. I would recommend that you chose a small sculpture to start with and if you could think about what you would like to make and advise me it would be very helpful so I can plan your day.


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I attended the course on 18/8/19. My mum and I had a fabulous day. Kate helped me to make a very original design for my son... a pterodactyl!!! We were very impressed with the tuition and relaxed environment. Would defiantly recommend this course.
Thanks Kate

- - #16434

Myself and my husband Dave had a fantastic day with Kate making our Heron and Hare sculptures.
Great fun learning how to turn a pile of willow into something beautiful.
Highly recommend to anyone, a big thank you to Dave for the great lunch which was provided too.
Great hosts.
Thanks Petra& Dave

- - #16380

My daughter and I had a fantastic day yesterday with Kate and Dave. We thoroughly enjoyed working with the willow and I made a heron whilst my daughter made a rabbit. Kate took us through step by step and all the creations looked amazing. The willow was easy to work with and I was amazed how the sculptures took shape starting with a ball. Thanks again Kate it was really enjoyable and I would do it again and recommend to anyone who wants to have a go. We were complete beginners and managed to make an amazing creation. Thanks to Dave for the fabulous lunch too.

- - #16356

Just arrived home after what can only be described as a fantastic day! Kate was so welcoming and such a great tutor to have showing us the skills involved in making such brilliant pieces of work, Dave what can we say.. the lunch was amazing, and what great guys you are! would highly rate this activity Course to anyone enty level or advanced, we came home sith two amazing finished work of arts, this really was a birthday to remember.. thanks again

- - #16331

I had a brilliant two days working with Kate. I made a pair of boxing hares and I'm absolutely delighted with the results. I worked in Kate's beautiful garden and a lovely home made lunch was provided with plenty of refreshments throughout the day. Kate is an extremely talented and fabulous teacher. She is patient and a really lovely lady, who is fun to be with. Kate is a perfectionist and helped me with the proportions of the hares. She also gave me advise on how to treat them, so they will still look good whatever the weather. All my friends who have seen my sculptures have been amazed. I'm really tempted to have another day with Kate, to make something else, if I can find room in my garden for it. If you want to do a willow sculpture, then look no further than Kate Morrell, you won't be disappointed. Thanks again Kate for a truly wonderful weekend.

- - #16106

Superb day of craftwork. Made a willow chicken along with her chick and Kate kindly added a couple more chicks so I had a real family. Kate's teaching was excellent, she provided cake and coffee and a super lunch and we worked in her lovely garden, what more could you wish for on a beautiful summers day. There were only two of us on the course today which we agreed was great as we had lots of individual tuition but usually the numbers are more, up to six, but given her skills that would be fine I'm sure. If you fancy a go at Willow sculpture this is definitely the lady to go to. Thank you Kate for such a lovely day.

- - #15996

My friend and I had a brilliant day with Kate. There were 6 of us in total and all got on really well with plenty of humour. Kate is a brilliant teacher who asks what we'd like to make and what would be realistic! She demonstrated everything as many times as needed. We all were going at our own pace, supplied with plenty of drinks. Dave provided lunch which was lovely and attention paid to allergies. Whilst we sat eating lunch Kate went round to each piece of work to tidy up/strengthen so when we went back to our piece we could carry on knowing that it would be ok. Kate's garden is gorgeous with her cats, dog and hens around. We all left amazed at our achievements and hooked on a new hobby thanks to such a great teacher who instilled her love of the craft to us. Well worth every penny! Thanks Kate and Dave

- - #15502

Had a fantastic day with Kate today, in her lovely garden. Have never tried willow weaving before, but Kate was a brilliant teacher and taught with calmness and patience as we tried to grasp the basics!! There were 6 of us today, and we all went home having made our first willow sculptures - herons, a chicken and even a deer. The atmosphere was brilliant, we all had a good laugh. Excellent lunch and refreshments provided, as well as cakes.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and will definately be returning to make something different.

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- - #15360

Attended Kate’s Willow Sculpture course today with my 13 year old son.
We both had a brilliant day and both produced our own piece, although my son’s was better than mine!
Kate was great with both of us , helping and encouraging, my son was especially pleased with his cat!
Good value for money and a great day.

- - #15328

What a fabulous course this was. Kate was extremely welcoming, knowledgeable and a great teacher!!! I made a Stag’s head....amazing!!! The setting was beautiful, a lovely lunch was provided, with gorgeous homemade cake, served with unlimited amounts of tea and coffee. Would not hesitate in highly recommending this willow sculpture course!!

- - #14926

Thank you Kate - you have certainly helped us to make a memory. Your garden is beautiful and was the perfect setting to spend the day in the sunshine, away from the hustle and bustle, learning something. It was wonderful to share a day with your passion, creativity and skill. I can't believe I came away with something so fantastic - and complete.
Also, thank you to Boris and Dave for adding to the brilliant day.

- - #14813

Thank you Kate - you have certainly helped us to make a memory. Your garden is beautiful and was the perfect setting to spend the day in the sunshine, away from the hustle and bustle, learning something. It was wonderful to share a day with your passion, creativity and skill. I can't believe I came away with something so fantastic - and complete.
Also, thank you to Boris and Dave for adding to the brilliant day.

- - #14812

We both really enjoyed this course. Kate was an excellent teacher very patient with all us novices. I made a lovely goose which I am really proud of, Alan was a little over ambitious making a fox, which he completed 90% of, Kate has kindly offered to finish it off for him. Lovely lunch and plenty of drinks. Had a lovely day.

- - #14108

This was a birthday gift for me and my sister. What a great day we had. Didn't expect to come home with our master pieces, so pleased with them. Kate is very talented and very patient. Help on hand when needed. Stopped for a lovely lunch which was also provided. Would definitely recommend this day to all. Thank you

- - #14071

Absolutely loved me day willow weaving with Kate, she is a great teacher and provides the perfect guidance to help you make your sculpture! I made a heron and I love it!! An amazing course,
Definitely worth doing!!

- - #13962

An absolutely lovely course to take and spend a day learning something new. Kate is a very friendly and competent teacher and we came away with an excellent piece of artwork each. Kate will keep you right throughout your project and make sure you get the most out of it. Lunch was also spot on with plenty cups of tea in offer! Fully recommend this course as a day out!

- - #13404

Me and my mum thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and have now found a new hobby that we are definitely going to take up. Very much recommended!!!!! Its fascinating seeing how things come to life. Kate definitely has a eye for detail and imagination and it shows in a lot of work she has done everything seems to have a character no willow sculpture is the same. The course felt so relaxing as it's set in Kate's home with the fire going and lovely greenery outside, not to mention the yummy hand made food. Kate even went to the trouble of making my own lot of sandwiches as have certain intolerances. I would say this course is for anyone who is interested in anything craft related or just wants a day to relax and be creative sign up!!!!!

- - #13200

I attended this course with my parents this weekend and had an excellent time. None of us had done any weaving before, and left at the end of the day with a fully formed heron, runner duck and fawn. Thank you Kate for all your patience, teaching and hospitality - we achieved what none of us had really thought possible at the start of the day, and that we can now display in pride of place! Lunch was also fantastic. Thank you again Kate - we would highly recommend this course!

- - #13091

Had a fantastic day Kate and family very welcoming. Food good too. Would recommend course.
Very friendly and warm atmosphere as well as help with sculpting our animals into looking like the real thing. Helpful tips.
Would go again but maybe choose something easier to make as I was a bit over ambitious.

- - #12733

Had a brilliant day making a hare - very impressed even though I do say so myself :)

Arrived at 1000 for coffee and had a lovely lunch at 1. Fabulous day and would thoroughly recommend it.

- - #12472

Have just returned from course with Kate. With a very large heron in tow. Never thought I could create such a beautiful sculpture in such a short time. Kate is a very creative person in so many ways. Helped me when I was struggling and showed me how to get proportions correct. Excellent day with good food and drinks. Can thoroughly recommend.

- - #12256

What a fantastic day! Kate is clearly a talented and experienced craftsperson who is passionate about her work. She supported us every step of the way and after lots of encouragement we are now the proud owners of a pecking hen and a sitting hare! Kate's home and gardens are the perfect setting for the day and homemade soup for lunch on a cold winters day was just perfect.....thank you Kate x

- - #12248

Fabulous day making a small deer. I’m not at all arty or talented and making willow animals is hard but Kate was great guiding us through it all of the way and providing lots of help and assistance. I finished my deer at home today and I am very proud of him. Wonderful day with a great lunch and a roaring fire to keep us toasty. I’ll definitely return. Thank you

- - #11975

What a fabulous day, good company, lovely lunch but above all great encouragement and tuition from Kate. My daughter and I are now very proud owners of two stag heads. Dave assisted us in providing the wire to wall mount them and even a set of lights for their antlers to show them off in the Christmas spirit! We have been complimented many times by family and friends on our artistic efforts but also on Kate's skill and eye for detail that makes them so realistic.

- - #11847

What a lovely weekend making a weaving a willow deer - much larger than anticipated and only just got it in the car! Kate is a very pleasant & talented lady who will not let you go wrong so you will not be dissappointed with your efforts of the day. The 2 day course was quite hard work for 70 year old fingers but I got there in the end with the help of Kate and her husband, who, incidently made a grand lunch for us all. Money well spent. easy to find. Easy to enjoy. Thanks, will not think twice about another course if the mood takes me to make another animal. Very recommendable for a gift or just to have a day off from the norm.

- - #11751

What an amazing day!
Kate is such a patient and informative tutor and so talented.
The bundle of willow soon transformed into recognisable animals from the group. I managed to make a fawn with mine!
My family were really impressed when I returned home.
It was a great day. I would definitely recommend the course.

- - #11451

An amazing day. Under the instruction of the incredibly talented and creative Kate, I took willow sticks and throughout the course of the day learned how to craft and weave them into a lamb. Thank you Kate for such an enjoyable day.

- - #11436

I have just spent a day with my sisters at Kate's immersing ourselves in sculpting willow - learning a new and exciting skill. Kate was incredibly supportive throughout, spending time with each of us and showing us how to construct a heron, a sitting hare and a running hare between us. I don't think any of us really believed we would come home with such huge willow structures and we all felt a great sense of achievement. Kate supplied additional willow so we could continue to work on our creations at home. We all feel we can continue to develop our skills going forward.
Thanks so much for a wonderful day Kate.

- - #11244

I've never worked with willow before so wasn't sure what to expect. Had a brilliant, relaxing day which flew by. With Kate's help and guidance I took home a beautiful willow hare, which my friends are very impressed by. Kate was very patient and supportive. I would recommend the course to anyone wanting to try their hand at willow sculpting. :)

- - #10509

Booked this with my daughter as an end of exams treat. We both thoroughly enjoyed the day and made some fantastic sculptures (a heron and a turtle). We'd love to come again sometime and make something else. Sitting in Kate's garden enjoying the sunshine and the peaceful surroundings was idyllic. Thank you.

- - #10322

An absolutely fantastic day with the very lovely Kate. I am now the proud owner of a beautiful squirrel! Kate is a great teacher, not only in the 'how to' of willow weaving but also in getting the proportions right. A wonderful day that went by really fast! A lovely lunch and refreshments throughout the day (thanks Dave!) and of course the company of Boris! Thanks so much Kate xxx

- - #10237

I don't see how this course could be improved. It was excellent from start to finish.

- - #10031

I've just spent a most enjoyable day making a huge willow heron! I never imagined I'd be able to create something so fabulous in a day, having never done any willow weaving before. Kate was very patient, explained everything clearly and was always on hand for advice and to help with all the tricky bits. A really fun day with lovely people. Highly recommended!!

- - #10008

Thoroughly enjoyable course. Everyone in our group made something that was worth taking home even though we were all complete beginners! Would recommend it.

- - #9850

An excellent day's course. Relaxed and very informative, with very exciting and pleasing results. Being able to work outside in Kate's lovely garden was an additional bonus.
Kate was able to direct and support us in a very calm and creative way, whilst Dave provided very welcome food and drink support.
Would thoroughly recommend the day.

- - #9730

A great willow weaving course! Really enjoyed creating my rabbit sculpture in the sunshine! Food provided was lovely too. Highly recommend this course

- - #9497

Brilliant day. 4 Hours to make my very large Heron. Hard work but very satisfying. Kate made the day very enjoyable and provided an excellent lunch and many drinks.
Great way to switch off for a day and go home with something beautiful to show off with.

- - #9413

Just finished an amazing day making a willow sculpture. It has been a sunny, hot, beautiful day and so lucky that we did the course in the garden. Kate is so talented and a great teacher. I am delighted with my duck. Particularly since I have not tried this sort of thing before.

- - #9412

I had a brilliant day. It is really inspiring to create a sculpture from willow wands. With Kate's excellent tuition it was amazing to see my heron develop. Kate was very helpful and on hand for some of the trickier bits. The 6 or so hours sped by with a break for a lovely buffet lunch provided by Kate. We were also kept well watered with tea and coffee all day; willow weaving is thirsty work! This is a great way to spend a day and to have something creative to show for it at the end. Highly recommended for a really enjoyable day! Thanks Kate

- - #9369

What a fab day we had with Kate, making our herons. We were very proud of what we achieved in a day, thanks to Kate's guidance. Would recommend it to anyone who has never done willow weaving before or if you are looking for something different as a present. Thank you to husband Dave for the cups of tea and lunch.

- - #8957

Just home from a brilliant day making our willow animals. Mum made a star gazing hare and I made a heron. The course is really relaxed and Kate is a fantastic tutor and host with so much patience. Would really recommend this course to anyone whether you have never done willow weaving before or a complete amateur like us. I am so proud to put my handy work on show and can't wait to attend another course.

- - #8925

What can I say! A fabulous day. Times of frustration. Times of quiet concentration. But also plenty of giggles and laughter. I opted for a cat and my friend opted for a penguin. Kate had never made a penguin before but my friend left with one anyway. Kate was a great host and a fantastic teacher. Her instructions were clear. She was patient with our frustrations and poor weaving. She had time for everyone and ensured we all left happy with our sculpture. She even allowed the slower weavers - me and friend - overtime to ensure we completed our animals. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be planning another visit! Thanks Kate

- - #8767

We were given this as a Christmas present and neither one of us had done anything remotely like this before! We had a truly wonderful day. There were 9 of us all of whom were completely new to making willow sculptures. We both made a duck - one standing and one sitting down. We were both surprised at how we were actually able to make a complete duck in a day! At one point I did think mine was going to transform into either a swan or a peacock. But it finally came together in the end. There was a lovely lunch provided by Kate's husband Dave. Who was also on hand to make tea/coffee throughout the day. We actually surprised ourselves at how much we enjoyed this course particularly as we had never done anything like this before. I would thoroughly recommend anyone having a go.

- - #8475

My mum, sister & I recently spent the day with Kate making willow herons and a crow. The atmosphere was relaxed, supportive and friendly - the other people (approx 9 of us in total) on the course were all in the same boat complete beginners.
We all had a brilliant day and couldn't believe from humble willow rods beginnings to making a 3d circle which we weren't sure were ever going to bind then turned into massive big willow sculptures; my heron was taller than me!
Kate had some helpers which was neccessary as this craft is fairly intensive and tricky at first but it clicks and if not Kate is amazing at rescuing your work and getting you back on track again.
I have and would recommend Kates workshops to others. A great value day where you'll end up with something amazing and unique to take home.

- - #8457

Booked as a Christmas present for my sister - we both had a wonderful day and left with 2 lovely pheasants. Kate is a great tutor, giving good instruction and help as and when needed to get you (or rather our pheasants!) back on track. The day flew by and we left quite amazed at what we had created. I am now looking to return with a friend who wasn't able to come that day but was very impressed with the results. In leaving we missed saying goodbye to the others on the course, sorry - we really enjoyed your company too!

- - #8423

A crafty Christmas present, I'd never done any weaving of any discription prior to the day. I was stunned at what we achieved in a day as a complete novice. Kate gave great support during the day and creates a really relaxed experience in her home. I went with two friends and there was another two lovely ladies on the course. The day went really fast but Kate was great at keeping us on track. Throughly enjoyed the day

- - #8213

I was lucky to have the session by myself so had Kate's full attention. I would have been just as spoilt in a group (with attention and food). I was so relaxed sitting there making my pheasant that time flew by. The surroundings, Kate's company and the pure enjoyment of working with the willow was a real treat I would love to do again.

- - #8084

Had a great day creating a willow sculpture with Kate. I had booked this course as a Christmas present for my Mum - we were both complete beginners and very pleasantly surprised at what we were able to achieve in just one day! Thanks to Kate's patience and guidance by the end of the day we had created a pair of herons. It was a lovely relaxing day, would highly recommend even if you are a complete novice!

- - #7517

I had a wonderful day of willow weaving with Kate and three other lovely participants yesterday. I already have experience of basket weaving but have wanted to try animal sculpture for some time, so when I made a rather large heron yesterday I was absolutely thrilled. Kate was patient, calm and friendly. She provided a lovely environment and guided brilliantly. Thank you Kate. Really looking forward to returning a week Saturday for another creative day :-)

- - #7514

I booked the day as a surprise 9th wedding anniversary present for my wife. I wouldn't describe either of us as 'crafty' in any way, so we were both a little nervous on the day.
Kate and her partner could not have been more welcoming or helpful.
We had a great day, great fun in a lovely house with copious amounts of food and drink.
Best of all we made our wedding anniversary gifts for each other (even though my attempt was, frankly, pathetic and had to rescuedby Kate).
So, we none crafters are looking at a return visit in the summer, a thoroughly memorable day and well worth a try.

- - #7477

By happy accident (for me) I was the only participant on the course so had extra special tuition from Kate throughout the day. She is very knowledgeable and creative, offering hands on support and advice to help me make a wonderful - if rather large - heron. As I had not worked with willow much beforehand I was uncertain as to what I would be able to achieve, but I was delighted with the end result!

Kate and Dave were very friendly and welcoming, with plenty of refreshments available during the day - although I didn't really want to stop! I have no hesitation in recommending this course to others.

- - #7400

We have never worked with willow before so it was an absolute new beginning for us both.
Kate was extremely welcoming and we decided to make a pair of herons. She is an incredible artist having seen some of her paintings and willow animals that she has made.
Quite a lot of the time we were in absolute silence with concentration, then laughed. What a brilliant day which went far to fast.
We had a very pleasant light lunch provided by Kate (prepared by Dave, thank you Dave) but we were just so keen to get back to the heron making. Before we knew it it was time to go.
This course has inspired us and we would recommend the course especially if you have never tackled this before. Kate as an excellent teacher and a very nice person.
Thank you so very much Kate.

- - #6114

I had the most wonderful time willow weaving! Kate is extremely helpful and friendly. I made a willow duck and have received many compliments for it! Kate was very flexible and would accommodate for the sculpture you were interested in making. There were plenty of teas and coffees and even some yummy cakes provided throughout the day. A lovely lunch was also provided and vegetarians were catered for. I would recommend anybody who's interested in willow weaving sculptures to give this a go! I thoroughly enjoyed my day outdoors willow weaving.
Thanks again Kate!

- - #5656

I have just spent a fantastic day with Kate, sat in her lovely garden learning how to make willow sculptures. Kate is an excellent teacher and showed us how to start the construction process and guided me so that I could achieve what I wanted. Kate and Dave ( and Borris and Bertie) were wonderful hosts keeping us supplied with tea and coffee and biscuits, even though we were concentrating so much we sometimes forgot to drink! We were also given a lovely lunch followed by cakes. I managed to make a running hare, which just about fitted in the boot and finished his ears and tail at home. There were three of us on the course and Kate helped us all to make a sculpture each, I would recommend this to anyone interested in trying this craft, you will be amazed at what Kate will help you create.

- - #5550

I had a brilliant day working with Kate making my willow donkey (Derek), the day was very relaxed and in a lovely setting. Kate is an incredibly talented artist , with a calm and supportive approach ,so I was able to understand the concept of proportion and depth ( not just a wonky donkey with stick legs!), it was probably a big expectation for a one day course on my part, but Kate talked me through the finishing touches and gave me the materials to carry on. A lovely lunch, tea,coffee and cakes were also provided throughout the day, thank you Dave. I would recommend anybody who's interested in willow weaving sculptures to enrol on the course and a big thank you to Kate for all your input and for being able to share the day with your wonderful animals.

- - #5465

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