Sculptural willow weaving



In this willow weaving workshop, we will look at willow in its dry and wet states and begin to handle and learn techniques to manipulate it. once we have a good understanding, we will then immerse ourselves into the wonderful rhythm of weaving.

You can work on your own on a small piece, or in a friend or family group to create more ambitious scaled work. Remember it has to fit in your vehicle at the end of the session!

At Creative Nature HQ, we differ from other crafts courses in that we also give opportunities to groups or businesses to create artworks that can be donated to community groups and schools. You take home unique memories, new skills and an improved wellbeing.

Each participant has an allocated amount of willow . If your piece extends a lot further, an additional charge may be incurred for the extra willow needed to finish your piece. We can decide this together during the making process.

Your tutor, Stephen, has been working with willow for over 30 years and trained as a sculptor and Forest School teacher.

Each student has an allocated amount of willow . If your piece extends a lot further, an additional charge may be incurred for the extra willow needed to finish your piece. We can decide this together during the making process.

There is plenty of free parking on site, along with local transport links.

Please wear warm work wear, bring an apron if you have one.
And please arrive about 15 minutes before the start of the class.

Refunds are not available on this booking. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials and tools for the day are included.


Stephen Stockbridge at Creative Nature HQ

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Thames-Side Studios, Unit TW-008, Harrington Way
SE18 5NR

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hearing impaired
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users


6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

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Chris Henley - - #36836

Really good day. Attending as a complete novice to Willow-weaving and something of a novice to making anything that looks like what it's supposed to be. I received just the right amount of assistance from Stephen who was knowledgeable, personable and kind. Friends and family all recognised my sculpture - although, to be honest, I only decided I was making a pig after it started to look like one. Highly recommended.

Jo Stanton - - #32477

Such a great day. I booked online during lockdown ... didn’t know what to expect. Small personable class, lovely instructor Stephen who is so knowledgeable & great company, we all made a large animal, each one individual to our desires but from the same basis to start with and all from willow. Brought it home (a bit like a stag) and all the family couldn’t believe I achieved that in a single day. Would recommend to every age - no skills required, feel like a fab achievement at a time when we can do so little it feels! Thank you Stephen

PETER TYE - - #30885

In July I signed up as a complete beginner. On arrival I was greeted by Stephen the friendly instructor. After explaining the course we set about constructing a four legged animal. I found the whole experience so informative and relaxing. Being totally engrossed in the whole process. Stephen's knowledge was endless and entertaining. We worked together and produced a wonderful piece. Since then I have made another two animals and several other pieces. At the grand age of 78 I have found a great pastime. This is a course for all ages. Thanks

Sue Shimmen - - #19721

I attended the willow weaving workshop on Saturday afternoon. It was amazing really hands on with informative direction from the amazingly talented Stephen, resulting in me taking home a personal piece of willow sculpture. The workshop is inspiring, relaxing and a great place to let your imagination run wild. I'll definitely be booking a full day very soon.

Nicola Milner - - #17007

This course was wonderful.
Stephen is an exceptionally talented, warm and open guy. You cannot come away without being creatively inspired. He gives you helpful direction and also allows you space to experiment.
He guided us through a communal project together (we built a willow den) before sending us off to work on our own projects. I made a lovely sphere garden sculpture. It’s a good idea to research what you might like to make beforehand (Pinterest is helpful) and send any pictures to Stephen in advance so that he can prepare.
A great experience. If he was based near to where I live (in West London), then I would go for an inspirational “fix” every week.
Thank you.

Sue - - #17004

A wonderfully inspiring and thoroughly enjoyable day! We all worked together on a sculpture in the morning which, apart from being good fun, was an excellent way to introduce us to each other and to the different types of willow. In the afternoon we concentrated on personal projects. Stephen was extremely generous, encouraging, patient and helpful. His knowledge is extensive and invaluable. I learnt a tremendous amount and look forward to learning more; in fact, the only problem I can foresee, is that willow weaving could become addictive!

daisy - - #14884

Amazing workshop. Stephen was so friendly and helpful and I think its the best course I have done! Really enjoyed working with a new material and making my designs come to life. I would recommend it to everyone. Thank you

Paulo - - #14212

This was a great experience. I worked with a group of strangers who, over the course of the day became my friends and at the same time we created a willow sculpture which surpassed all my expectations. Working collectively to create a thing of beauty lifted my spirits and gave me new ideas and skills to take home with me. I have great plans for the garden this summer. Stephen, the teacher was quite inspirational and we had tea and cake. What's not to like!

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