Willow Basket Weaving - with Rachel Evans (2 days) in the Peak District



Join expert maker, Rachel Evans, for this rewarding introduction to basketry. Use traditional techniques to create a round basket of your choice. This could be a shopping basket, a serving dish for fruit/bread or an asymmetric basket with a wooden handle. You will learn how to construct a round base, how to ‘stake up’ for the vertical sides and use different weaves to form the main body of the basket. Borders and handle techniques will vary depending upon your choice of basket. All abilities welcome – from the complete novice to experienced basket makers. “A totally absorbing course in a delightful setting. Rachel is a patient and highly skilled tutor. I am absolutely thrilled with the basket I created under her watchful eye!” Tutor: Rachel Evans From her workshop in the Staffordshire Moorlands, Rachel makes a range of traditional British baskets as well as more inventive, contemporary pieces. She often works to commission, creating artisan baskets, lampshades and coffins. She grows and harvests her own willow, selecting unusual varieties to add colour and interest to her work. She also enjoys foraging for natural materials to include in her baskets. Start: Join us from 9.30am for tea/coffee and introductions. Tuition starts at 10.00am End: Course finishes around 4.30pm There is an hour for lunch and breaks whenever you wish. • Purpose built studio in beautiful Peak District setting • Relaxed, creative atmosphere • 4 - 6 students per workshop • Open to both beginners and those with experience • Good fresh food, homemade cakes • Accommodation on site and nearby if required • Private groups welcome (minimum 4 people) Please get in touch for bookings or further information.

What's included in the price?

Fee includes professional tuition, lunches and refreshments - an additional materials fee of approx £20 - £25 applies. Rachel uses both locally coppiced willow from Staffordshire along with willow from Somerset. All tools are provided and a tasty light lunch is included in the course fee. Let us know of any special dietary needs. Drinks and biscuits are available all day to help yourself with home-made cake mid afternoon. Accommodation available at extra charge: 'Godfrey Hole Cottage' - On site. 2 bedrooms. Sleeps 3 'The Counting House' - Georgian town house in Wirksworth, 1 mile away. 1 bedroom. Sleeps 2


2 days

Cancellation policy

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



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  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Hen dos
  • Public transport
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • UK Holiday
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Stag dos
  • Accommodation offered
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Zantium Studios, Godfrey Hole House, Near Hopton, Wirksworth, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 4DF