Weaving a Willow Basket



A practical, hands-on weekend of learning willow weaving and basket making skills. You will complete a round basket with a strong handle suitable not just for eggs but also for collecting fruit, or even a trip to the shops. The class is suitable for beginners or those with some weaving experience. There will also be a chance to learn about willow growing, harvesting and preparation. Coure Programme: 1. Introduction An introduction to the materials and tools being used. The preparation of willow will be discussed 2. Making the basket Over the weekend you will be introduced step by step to the weaving techniques needed to make a base, weave the sides, and add a handle You will learn the techniques of pairing, french randing, waling, turning down a border, and making a strong wrapped handle. Those more experienced will be able to refine the above techniques and learn a different side weave if desired. 3. Willow Growing and Preparation There will be an opportunity to discuss willow growing, harvesting and preparation if participants are interested. Julie Gurr is a basketmaker/basketry artist with over 20 years experience of making and over 15 years of experience teaching. She was originally and taught traditional basketry by professional makers in England, Scotland and Ireland. She now uses traditional techniques to make functional and contemporary baskets and other forms. She mainly uses willow but also works with softer materials.

What's included in the price?

A fun, practical day learning willow weaving skills. You will be able to take home a strong basket with a handle that you have made, plus a handout on the types of willow available, where to buy it, and how to prepare it. Willow weaving requires some strength and dexterity in the hands. (Rest can be similar to woodworking in terms of tools and footwear). Willow weaving requires some strength and dexterity in the hands and course participants should be aware that sharp tools will be used and some activities will require reasonable physical input. Stout footwear must be worn (no open-toed shoes please) Refreshments will be provided, including a homemade cake, tea and coffee. Please bring a packed lunch. Parking is available at the entrance to our farm and our training room is just a short walk down our track. What To Bring: It is helpful if you can bring your own secateurs and a sharp knife suitable for wood if you have one. Tools to share will be provided. Please bring lunch.


2 days (9:30am to 4:30pm)

Cancellation policy

Strict - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts



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  • Limited mobility
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  • Suitable for beginners
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Mantel Farm, Henley Down, Catsfield, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 9BN