Weave your own willow grocery basket with Hilary Burns at the Craft Revolution, Dartington


Duration: Two days

Price: £150

Run by: Hilary Burns
at Hilary Burns

01803 847070

The Chicken Shed
The Chicken Shed
Dartington
Totnes
Devon
TQ9 6EA

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About the Course

On this two-day course you will make a round grocery basket, a basket suitable for shopping and storing or harvesting fruit and vegetables or a small kindling basket depending on your preference.

You will learn all of the techniques required to make a round grocery basket with a handle with the prize-winning Maker Hilary Burns. This is a ‘full on’ weaving course, packing a lot in, and is aimed at those with patience and stamina (and a fair amount of agility) who would like to master the craft of willow basket making. The size and complexity that is achieved will depend on whether you are a complete beginner or have some previous experience of the craft.

Advance booking only
Course details subject to change
Please note: 25% of your course fee is non-refundable should you need to cancel your place

Hilary Burns is a basket maker, founder of the ‘Basketry & Beyond’, and is a member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen and the New Craftsmen. Having originally trained in textiles, she initially began making baskets in London using recycled material. Moving to Devon thirty years ago, Hilary became interested in using natural and sustainable materials – namely willow – and currently grows a collection of many different varieties on the Dartington estate. Between November and March, Hilary harvests the crops, drying the rods and re-soaking for weaving as required throughout the year.

Her basketwork is based on traditional techniques used in a contemporary way, using heavy willow to give her pieces a robust, chunky and natural looking style.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All materials will be prepared and provided by Hilary. Tea and coffee refreshments are included, there is a warm room to eat a packed lunch.
All the tools you need to make your basket will be provided by Hilary. Do wear comfortable clothes and bring an apron if you like


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Course Start Dates

Saturday 28th July 2018

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  • Suitable for beginners