Mini Christmas willow weaving workshop with Joe Gregory

Swedish star example of one made on a mini xmas weaving course


Suitable for beginners and intermediates. This Christmas weave course has proved to be one of our most popular! You’ll have time to weave a range of different stars, trees, mini reindeer and other Christmas woven gems – perfect to decorate your own home or as presents for family and friends.

Classes are friendly and informal. Everyone is welcome!

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 tools and materials


Joe Gregory at Creative with Nature


Creative with Nature Workshop & Gallery
27 Rochdale Road
OL14 7LA

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Christmas
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


6 hours (10:30am to 4:30pm)

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In-person course
Lina - - #31076

Such a fun day out learning a new skill & relaxing , better that a day spa with a great reward to take home.
I didn’t think I could make a stag 🦌 head , well with the experienced guidance I was amazed by lunch time as the willow came to life. I know have an amazing trophy head made with love , that all my visitors are asking “where did you buy that”
I’m beaming every time I say “I made it”
Thank you and see you on the Bee 🐝 workshop

Response from Creative with Nature:

hi lina,
what a fab review thank you! lovely workshop and you did really well. see you soon. joe. xxx

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Pam Miller - - #26768

Absolutely loved it. Looking for another one to go to.

Response from Creative with Nature:

Thank you Pam! Have a lovely Christmas. Joe. xxx

In-person course
Judy Kirkby - - #26848

My daughter and I really enjoyed the class. Excellent tuition from Joe and a friendly atmosphere. Great value for money, ending the day with a professional looking William (my reindeer), who now has fairy lights and baubles all over him!

Will definitely be going to another of Joe's classes.


Response from Creative with Nature:

really glad you enjoyed the course Judy! thanks for the lovely feedback. Joe. xxx

In-person course
Phil Sutcliffe - - #26726

Both my granddaughter and I loved our day with Joe. Joe warned us that willow weaving can be addictive and she was not wrong. We are already looking to book on more courses with Joe next year.
Thanks to Joe’s expertise, her excellent instructions, her patience and her enthusiasm; we were able to make 5 different products.
This course is probably the best value course on here.

Response from Creative with Nature:

lovely review! thanks Phil. really glad you both had a good day: ) joe. xxx

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Maria Sheridan - - #26056

The ethical trophy stag head sculpture workshop was a lot of fun with excellent tuition from Joe. We learnt so much about willow and how it was grown and treated before we worked with it. I knew so little about it before and now I'd like to craft with it again.
I'll definitely be booking another workshop in the very near future.

Response from Creative with Nature:

really happy you enjoyed the course maria. xxx

In-person course
Priscilla Edwards - - #23242

I had a fabulous day with Joe making a willow hare sculpture. The workshop was a delight to participate in, I learned so much from Joe especially how to create strong sculptural shapes. I can highly recommend any of her courses; its been great to learn from a truly professional artist.

Response from Creative with Nature:

thank you pricilla, that's a lovely review! thanks for the feedback. joe. xx

In-person course
Debra Barton - - #23145

Wow what a fantastic course this was. Joe was a fantastic, enthusiastic patient tutor. I made a heron on this course and it takes pride of place in my garden. As a new beginner to weaving I found it easy to follow. I would recommend this course to anyone.

Response from Creative with Nature:

really glad you enjoyed the day debra! thanks for taking time to leave me a review. joe. xxx

In-person course
Judith Shackleton - - #23147

My daughter and I enjoyed the willow bird course thoroughly. Jo explained everything so well and we arrived home with a pheasant and heron for the garden. Had such a good time we are now booked onto the willow reindeer course.

Response from Creative with Nature:

thank you judith a lovely review! joe. xxx

In-person course
Jamie Shackleton - - #23148

Me and my mother had an excellent day out learning how to willow weave. We were made very welcome from the outset and our instructor, Jo was extremely well prepared and knowledgeable. We came away with a heron and a pheasant. I would happily recommend this course to other budding crafters.

Response from Creative with Nature:

thanks jamie! really glad you enjoyed the day and i'll see you later in the year: ) joe. xx

In-person course
Jane Milne - - #23096

A fabulous day!

Joe is enthusiastic about her craft and really knows her stuff. A great teacher who inspires and supports.

Thank you Joe for a lovely day.

Response from Creative with Nature:

thank you jane! a lovely review and a great heron you wove! i can definitely see an improvement on your weaving technique: ) joe. xxx

In-person course
Catherine - - #23103

This was the third day I have been on, brilliant as usual. I made a heron and could have sold it a dozen times on the train on the way home. Looking forward to making a basket next.

Response from Creative with Nature:

thanks so much for the lovely review! really glad you enjoyed another day weaving: ) joe. xxx

In-person course
SONYA woolley - - #23114

Fabulous day bird willow weaving, I made a chicken which I love. Joe is a great teacher guiding us all with our chosen birds all of which looked great at the end of the day. It was a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere but we all produced a great bird at the end. Great value for money, fantastic teaching, thoroughly enjoyed it, can really recommend it. This is the second course I have been on, the first being a hare weaving one which was also great.

Response from Creative with Nature:

really glad you enjoyed the day sonya! you did an excellent job of your chicken!! can definitely see the progress: ) joe. xx

In-person course
Elizabeth Martin - - #23129

I booked this course for my aunt and myself after trying to get onto previous courses, and was not disappointed. We really enjoyed learning a new skill and although it was a very hot day, and we were wilting by the end of the course, we proudly took home a completed heron and curlew! The group was small, which meant that Joe was able to show us all the next stages easily, and as the willow is long and wispy, we needed space so that we did not attack each other with the ends as we concentrated on the weaving. A friendly and relaxed atmosphere made it a great day. Thank you.

Response from Creative with Nature:

thank you so much for such a lovely review! great you enjoyed the day: ) joe. xxx

In-person course
Liz - - #23092

We did the birds course at the Clitheroe studio. Joe was a great tutor, friendly and approachable and she explained the process in detail but in an easy to understand way. The hours whizzed by and I was so pleased with my first attempt. I will definitely be rebooking for another course!

Response from Creative with Nature:

Thanks for a lovely review Liz! really appreciate it. joe. xx

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Lorraine Halley - - #22257

I have attended 3 of Joevenka’s courses and they are such great fun. Joe is such a fantastic and patient tutor, enabling everyone to produce a unique creation. I now proudly display my heron and pheasant alongside a hare. My neighbours were so impressed by my heron and hare that we arranged a private course for 10 of us in our village hall to sculpt a bird of our choice. My next aim is to attend a stag/reindeer course. Thank you Joe for the opportunity.

Response from Creative with Nature:

Thanks Lorraine!! really appreciated. Joe. xxx

In-person course
Marilyn J Wright - - #21989

A great day that passed very quickly. My efforts have pride and place in the garden now 😃.
Joe was very helpful & attentive I thoroughly enjoyed my day which had been a Mother’s Day gift from my daughters.

Response from Creative with Nature:

Thank you Marylin! That was a particularly nice day for weaving: ) Really glad you enjoyed it. Joe. xx

In-person course
Sarah Smith - - #21975

My friends and I really enjoyed our day. Joe is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about all things willow and we loved her enthusiasm. We came away at the end of the day feeling very proud of our pea climbers and dragonflies.

Response from Creative with Nature:

Thank you Sarah!! Really glad you all had a good day: ) Joe. xxx

In-person course
Ruth Frudd - - #21977

Had a lovely day. I made 2 very different pea climbers which will look great in our garden, my dragonfly was actually a bee!!
Could not have been as successful without Jo's expert help, who was happy to help many times when problems arose. She was enthusiastic about the craft and has a lot of knowledge about willow and its uses, explaining how they are growing their own willow trees.

Response from Creative with Nature:

Thank you Ruth! Really glad you enjoyed the day: ) Joe. xxx

In-person course
sonya woolley - - #21850

Hare sculpting course Clitheroe. Amazing that we all came away with a finished piece. Such good fun and well taught. I am going back for the bird one in June -yay! Thanks.

Response from Creative with Nature:

thank you so much sonja! lovely to spend time with you. joe. xxx

In-person course
Sabrina - - #21760

Really enjoyed the day as well as the chicken that I made. Joe did an amazing job of teaching the rest of the group how to weave the herons, ducks and pheasants. I had a lovely time and was just over all really impressed with the quality of work and teaching. Will be booking another course soon.

Response from Creative with Nature:

Thanks Sabrina! Really glad you enjoyed the day. Joe. xx

In-person course
Hare scultpture - - #21699

Really enjoyed the course and it was great to learn a new skill under expert knowledgeable guidance.

Lovely to chat to others too.

Response from Creative with Nature:

Really happy you enjoyed the day. Thanks for leaving a review!! Joe. xx

In-person course
laura barnes - - #21757

I previously attended this course and was amazed at how I made and finished such a beautiful creature. It was a present for my sister who was over the moon! I would like to do more so hope to book a basketry weekend this summer.

Response from Creative with Nature:

Thanks for the review Laura! And really glad you enjoyed the day. joe. xx

In-person course
Ian Hydes - - #16884

Did a willow weaving course with Joe, it was excellent and I walked home with a 3 foot tall Heron who now guards over the stream at the bottom of our garden :D It was a great experience and she was a smashing teacher

Response from Creative with Nature:

Thanks Ian!! Glad you had a good day: ) JOe. xx

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