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Zarzo baskets in the Surrey Hills

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About the Course

The Zarzo basket supposedly originated in Northern Spain where it was used by cheese makers for draining cheese.

The course starts with an introduction to willow, where it is grown, its preparation and the different varieties you can weave with.

We then sort sort and choose the right weavers for the basket.

Working in pairs to set the basket up, you then move on to weaving your own. This also involves creating the handle and adding binding and decorative features.


The course can be run for smaller groups at my woodland workshop.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All materials are included on the course with the use of my tools, but please bring your favourite secateurs if you would rather work with them.

Hot refreshments are available all day with gorgeous homemade goodies.
You just need to bring your own lunch.

Please see my website for more information. Thank you.

Contact

Nicki Rowling at Willowandyoga
Wotton Village Hall
Guildford Road
Wotton, Dorking
Surrey
RH5 6QQ
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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users

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Price:

£85

Duration:

6 hours (10:00am to 4:30pm)


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Reviews

Goodness me! What an amazing course and what an amazing lady. Nicki, it was lovely meeting you. I was a complete novice and not at all confident in my abilities. Nicki made me feel at ease and got my creativity out of me. With her brilliant instruction, I created something quite remarkable in beautiful woodland surroundings. What more could I ask for? Brilliant day had by all with such fantastic company.
I would thoroughly recommend this course. I will be back! Many thanks.

In-person course
- - #9288

Nicki's course was excellent because she loves to craft baskets and strikes an excellent rapport with her novice weavers. She is extremely knowledgeable and patient, particularly with me when I kept going wrong with the thin-to-thin weaving! The workshop is situated in a woodland and it was so peaceful and quiet that I came away really relaxed and happy and unphased by the prospects of getting stuck in traffic on the M25 and M4.

As for my basket, I love it! I am so pleased and grateful I have have made something so beautiful and useful and it has definitely whetted my appetite to learn more weaving skills. Thank you Nicki!

In-person course
- - #9293

Oh my goodness, what a fantastic course, I cannot believe what a beautiful basket I came home with and I made it!

In-person course
- - #12441

I really enjoyed this course, and was amazed by what we were able to achieve in one day. I went home with two beautiful baskets (or one basket and one platter). Nicki was a great teacher, and her husband Brian too. I never felt lost and there was always support on hand if I got stuck. Nice relaxed atmosphere, and amazing cake!!

In-person course
- - #15347

We had a fantastic day at the hut. Nicki and her husband made us feel very welcome and patiently explained everything. The basket making turned out to be great fun and this for sure not be the last time for me to work with willow. Never thought, that I could make something so nice on my first try. 😏

In-person course
- - #15995

I so enjoyed this Zarzo basket making course last Saturday and I came away with two wonderful baskets. I would not have believed that I could manage to make two in one day but I did - it was well organised and thought through, and everything was prepared for us. We worked in pairs which was great because it meant that between the two of us we were sure to understand or remember the process, and what one of us could not remember the other could. It made for a friendly session too. Nicki and her assistant-husband were so expert at their craft and were always on hand to help. The village hall was easy to find and there was plenty of parking too. One of the best bits: I have an absolutely lovely Zarzo basket .... and I was a complete beginner. Thank you, both of you!

In-person course
- - #17422

What a thoroughly enjoyable day. Nicki and her daughter Jaz were excellent tutors. Clear instructions, quick to help and really nice people. Nicki is very knowledgeable about all things willow and a great cake baker!
My husband thought perhaps I had bought the beautiful basket I brought home! Genuinely cannot believe what I achieved. Can’t wait to do another!

In-person course
- - #19282

We had such a fantastic day making our baskets and are thrilled with the results!
Both tutors were extremely patient and very helpful and made us feel very welcome.
Thanks so much - would definitely recommend!

In-person course
- - #20171

Great course, Nicki and Brian are attentive and patient tutors. I love my two baskets! Would definately recommend! Thank you.

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- - #20173

Very pleased with how much I learned. Relaxed atmosphere and patient, friendly tutors. Good value for money and fantastic end product.
Thank you, Nicki and Brian.

In-person course
- - #20924

Thank you Nicki and Brian for such a wonderful day, you made me feel so welcome, and I had such an enjoyable time making the most beautiful willow baskets. I went home feeling so inspired and with such a great sense of achievement :)

In-person course
- - #22166

Can recommend tipi making with Nicki- had a really enjoyable morning and came away with a beautiful plant support for the garden. Fun atmosphere, great teaching from Nicki and her husband. Delicious coffee and nibbles, so happy to have learned a new skill.

In-person course
- - #28623

Response from Willowandyoga:

Thanks Laura, it was lovely to meet you and we are so pleased you enjoyed the course.
Warm wishes
Nicki and Brian.

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