Willow Weave an Obelisk Workshop at Hanwell wine Estate, lunch included.



Have you ever wanted to make a beautiful focal point in your garden? Discover the pleasures of working with willow and create a stunning structure at this one day workshop.

Enjoy a unique and satisfying experience learning to work with locally sourced willow in the beautiful surroundings of Hanwell Wine Estate.
Jean, your tutor, will teach you the basics of making sculpture from English willow. She will share with you her years of experience and knowledge of tools and materials; by the end of the day you will have learnt different weaving techniques using a frame to create your obelisk for growing sweet peas or other climbers in your garden.

This workshop is suitable for both complete novices and people with experience of using willow. All materials and tools are provided along with refreshments throughout the day and a two-course handmade lunch served with a glass of wine.

Outline of the day

9.50am Light refreshments and settle in

Introduction on the history of willow

Get hands on with willow and make your Obelisk

Refreshment break with snack

12:30pm Lunch is served – 2 course homemade lunch served with a glass of local wine

Continue where you left off

Refreshment break with snack

16:00pm Home time, ready to take your completed Obelisk to show your family and friends

To ensure the quality of your personal experience, group size will be limited to 8.

About Jean your tutor

A farmer’s daughter with a true passion for the countryside and keeping rural crafts alive, I have been teaching creative basketry for almost twenty years. I have a deep-seated love of the land and can often be found foraging around local hedgerows for natural materials to use in my work. I gather earthy, sustainable materials such as willow, dogwood, bark, foliage and fleece which I use to create beautiful, functional baskets and structures with irresistible smells and tactile appeal. I also grow and harvest willow, reeds, herbs and wild plants in my own little plot of earth – The Brikkle Wood, Hallaton.

Since completing a City and Guilds in Creative Basketry at the City Lit, London in 2003 I have continued to improve my techniques by attending courses with world-renowned basket makers for example, Joe Hogan, Sheila Wynter, Francois Desplanches, Mary Butcher and Owen Jones.

My classes are lively, fun and a lovely way to learn new craft, they attract a broad mix of students from children to adults and people with disabilities, including learning disabilities.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials and tools are provided along with refreshments throughout the day and a two-course handmade lunch served with a glass of wine.


Amanda at Rural Antics, Hanwell Wine Estate
Hanwell Wine Estate
Melton Road
Hickling Pastures, Melton Mowbray
LE14 3QG

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