Contact Name: Marianne van Niekerken
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Marianne has been a basketmaker since 2006 and teaches the age-old techniques now applied to contemporary baskets She teaches weaving with willow, hedgerow, rattan and rush.
The locations are usually on smallholdings and forest school areas in Kent and East Sussex to fully experience the grounding power of nature. Classes are small, giving you all the guidance you need to create your very own design.
What a lovely day! Highly recommended!
Making willow obelisk structures in peaceful countryside surroundings. Truly the best medicine for the soul!
I will be back! Basket weaving next!
Thank you! 😊
Response from Crafty Basketry:Hi Marianne,
I had a brilliant day taking part in a basket weaving course with Marianne at the location on Ashdown Forest . It was an activity I had always been interested in trying and was bought as a present by my son. She was an informative and extremely patient teacher explaining thoroughly the techniques used in the creation of basket weaving. It enabled me to fulfill my ambition of creating a willow structure that will be truly unique in my home.
Response from Crafty Basketry:Thank you so much for your review! Hope to see you again with your friends, as discussed.
I did this course with my husband and we had a brilliant time. We both produced a lovely basket which we will treasure.
The course was held in a beautiful and peaceful setting near Ashdown Forest. Marianne gave us lots of information on basketry throughout the day and sent us instructions should we wish to try another on our own. She has a methodical, relaxed teaching style and endless patience.
Marianne supplied all the tea and coffee we could drink as well as biscuits and fruit. She also took some photos and videos of us which she shared with us. This is a really nice thing to do as a memento of our day.
I thoroughly recommend this course and am sure you will be delighted with what you can achieve.
Response from Crafty Basketry:Hello Nicky,
What a brilliant day making a basket from willow surrounded by woodland . Thank you.
Response from Crafty Basketry:Good morning Janet,