Oval shopping basket workshop with Joe Gregory



This course is suitable for beginners and intermediate weavers. Over the two days you will learn to weave a Catalan oval base which is a much more simple basket base to learn than an English oval, making it ideal for beginners and intermediates to learn on. If you’ve made baskets before we can look at different weave patterns. I’ve been teaching this course for a number of years and students always come away with strong, useful and attractive shopping baskets. The handle is another good addition to your basket making tool kit. Using the finest English Willows you will work on at least three different types of weaving over the course to create a handsome and instantly useful shopping basket.

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Tools Tuition Materials


2 days

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts


Hi my name is Joe Gregory, I'm a willow basket maker and sculptor based in West Yorkshire. I started weaving as a hobby in 2004 and by 2008, I realised I could make a living doing a craft that I loved. Starting from my kitchen table to now owning a 5 storey Georgian building in the centre of Todmorden; weaving with Willow has provided me with the most rewarding career whilst enabling me to keep my family safe and healthy. I teach sculpture and basket making for everyone from beginners to more advanced weavers. I have also been lucky enough to teach internationally, as well as up and down the country. I've worked on some amazing projects over the years and feel very lucky to have found this beautiful craft. I am comfortable teaching children; beginners and more advanced weavers. Each class rewards me in different ways. I have been fortunate to teach those with different needs; from sight problems, to people returning from a stroke, to those with their own special needs. I am always happy to craft my class to suit everyone I teach.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Intermediate level
  • Public transport
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Suitable for beginners
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