I did the apron course and completely impressed myself even with some hand stitching. Cathy was brilliant and very helpful - has a lot of experience and patience. I have signed up to the leather satchel weekend in July.
laura barnes - - #22391
Response from Creative with Nature:Thank you Laura for a lovely review! I'm really happy with Cathy Edwards leather courses here. What a lovely and talented teacher she is: ) Joe. xx
Time flies on these courses, loved it, seeing something amazing you have made yourself, with help from Joe, who is a brilliant teacher. Will definitely be doing more...
Sam Barnes - - #22269
Response from Creative with Nature:Thanks for the review Sam! Some excellent work you produced. Joe. xx
Joe is a really friendly, helpful and patient teacher. I was so pleased that I managed to create a reindeer and a goose in a short time.
She is well organised and supplies all materials.
Kirstie - - #22256
Response from Creative with Nature:Thanks for the review Kirstie: ) Joe. xxx
I have attended 3 of Joevenka’s courses and they are such great fun. Joe is such a fantastic and patient tutor, enabling everyone to produce a unique creation. I now proudly display my heron and pheasant alongside a hare. My neighbours were so impressed by my heron and hare that we arranged a private course for 10 of us in our village hall to sculpt a bird of our choice. My next aim is to attend a stag/reindeer course. Thank you Joe for the opportunity.
Lorraine Halley - - #22257
Response from Creative with Nature:Thanks Lorraine!! really appreciated. Joe. xxx
Tried this course as well, again loved it. Surprised at how I could make something so beautiful in silver, again a brilliant teacher Laura, learnt a lot.
Sam Barnes - - #22270
Response from Creative with Nature:Hi Sam, again thank you!! xxx
I should have completed this course in the winter but was unable to due to a minor virus. I was therefore very pleased that Jo allowed me to re- book on this spring one day course making a bread basket.
It was my first attempt at willow weaving, after many years ago making cane baskets with wooden bases, with children. I wanted to experience the process of making a willow basket from scratch, with just the willow.
I found the whole process very varied, interesting and mind consuming. Once can see why it was used as an early form of therapy and why Jo emphasised that it was a piece of technology. I found it a difficult process but Jo was always there to calmly guide me through my problems. My basket isn't perfect but it sits proudly on my kitchen table full of fruit. I now look at all the many and varied baskets in my house with an increased respect for their makers.
Mark Barnes - - #22189
Response from Creative with Nature:thanks for the review mark glad you enjoyed the day. joe. xx
Great course! So pleased with my asymmetrical basket. Joe is an excellent teacher, very knowledgeable, calm and she has such a passion for her craft. Her love of weaving is really inspiring and she explains the complexities of willow weaving and basketry in a really accessible way. Highly recommended.
Melanie Louise - - #22194
Response from Creative with Nature:Really glad you enjoyed the weekend Melanie and a great basket you wove! Thanks so much for sharing the pictures with me: ) Joe. xxx
I really enjoyed my asymmetrical basket course with Joe at Creative with Nature. I'm thrilled with my basket. Joe is really friendly, helpful and enthusiastic. She's an excellent teacher and patient too. Thoroughly recommended.
Helen - - #22199
Response from Creative with Nature:Lovely review! Thank you Helen. Joe. xxx
Jo is such a great instructor with an obvious super passion for the craft which comes across in her teaching.
This was my second course and again I loved it. The atmosphere in the studio is just lovely, I always feel very welcome.
I have learnt so much and look forward to my next course.
I would recommend without hesitation to anyone looking to book a course with Jo.
Kathryn Rawlinson - - #22208
Response from Creative with Nature:thank you Katheryn! a lovely review: ) and a gorgeous basket you wove too!! Joe. xxx
Informed tutor that knows all the technical details about her subject and delivered with a calm and inspiring manor.
Miranda - - #22240
Response from Creative with Nature:thanks Miranda, lovely to spend a couple of days with you and thank you so much for the willow bark cord!!! Joe. xxx
A great day that passed very quickly. My efforts have pride and place in the garden now 😃.
Joe was very helpful & attentive I thoroughly enjoyed my day which had been a Mother’s Day gift from my daughters.
Marilyn J Wright - - #21989
Response from Creative with Nature:Thank you Marylin! That was a particularly nice day for weaving: ) Really glad you enjoyed it. Joe. xx
My friends and I really enjoyed our day. Joe is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about all things willow and we loved her enthusiasm. We came away at the end of the day feeling very proud of our pea climbers and dragonflies.
Sarah Smith - - #21975
Response from Creative with Nature:Thank you Sarah!! Really glad you all had a good day: ) Joe. xxx
Had a lovely day. I made 2 very different pea climbers which will look great in our garden, my dragonfly was actually a bee!!
Could not have been as successful without Jo's expert help, who was happy to help many times when problems arose. She was enthusiastic about the craft and has a lot of knowledge about willow and its uses, explaining how they are growing their own willow trees.
Ruth Frudd - - #21977
Response from Creative with Nature:Thank you Ruth! Really glad you enjoyed the day: ) Joe. xxx
Hare sculpting course Clitheroe. Amazing that we all came away with a finished piece. Such good fun and well taught. I am going back for the bird one in June -yay! Thanks.
sonya woolley - - #21850
Response from Creative with Nature:thank you so much sonja! lovely to spend time with you. joe. xxx
Really enjoyed the day as well as the chicken that I made. Joe did an amazing job of teaching the rest of the group how to weave the herons, ducks and pheasants. I had a lovely time and was just over all really impressed with the quality of work and teaching. Will be booking another course soon.
Sabrina - - #21760
Response from Creative with Nature:Thanks Sabrina! Really glad you enjoyed the day. Joe. xx
A wonderful two days of making & crafting & company. Joe is an inspirational teacher and guide. I'm always amazed by the quality of the willow baskets woven in the workshops and the proud faces of us beginners as we show our basketry off for the end-of-class photo. I'm starting to 'get' the process of making a round basket with a 'slath' base and how this differs from a frame basket. I'm remembering the terminology and the processes: waling, French rand, butts & tips, chasing and pairing. Joe knows her willows, from planting, harvesting, drying, soaking and mellowing, and all of this is done for us so that we can concentrate on the weaving. And concentrate and weaving we did. Looking forward to building on these budding skills. Thanks Joe.
Kate Toch - - #21683
Response from Creative with Nature:A lovely and detailed review!! thank you Kate for taking the time: ) Joe. xx
I've been on three willow weaving courses run by Joe Gregory, of Creative with Nature, and I would thoroughly recommend all of them. The foraged basket course was a joy - from learning about the different natural materials and their properties, to being taught the weaving process with expert advice, to bringing home the wonderful finished product (incorporating willow, hazel, holly, birch, dogwood and ivy).
The hare sculpture course was also fantastic - looking at Joe's sample sculptures, at the start of the day, I thought "I'll never to be able to complete something like that that in a day"- but under Joe's careful guidance, I ended up with a willow leaping hare that is a much-admired wall feature in my home. I then booked onto the bird sculpture course, and loved making the willow heron, which stands next to the pond on my allotment.
Joe is a true expert in her field - I feel lucky to have been able to learn from her.
Christine Edmonds - - #21692
Response from Creative with Nature:That's a lovely review!! Thank you so much Christine: ) Joe. xxx
This was my second mosaic course at CWN and I loved it. Laura is friendly, approachable and knowledgeable in her Craft. In a nutshell, splendid .
Fi💚 - - #21693
Response from Creative with Nature:Thanks for the review Fi! And great to see your progress!! joe. xx
Really enjoyed the course and it was great to learn a new skill under expert knowledgeable guidance.
Lovely to chat to others too.
Hare scultpture - - #21699
Response from Creative with Nature:Really happy you enjoyed the day. Thanks for leaving a review!! Joe. xx