Come to Surrey and weave a beautiful garden planter/tipi that can be used for your sweat peas, beans or annuals and even as a light sculpture.
Using a variety of willow that is grown locally and from Somerset we start with a group of tall sticks and then weave a ring to bind them all together at the base.
From there it is a spiralling weave all the way to the top, changing the length...
On arrival you will be greeted with a welcoming drink by the fire, a home baked delight and a potted history of willow, where to source it and how to prepare it.
Once settled in and the journey to get here forgotten we begin the days weaving choosing between the projects we have on offer.
Willow and cane bunting.
Willow seed pods and bird feeders.
Come and visit us in the Surrey Hills where we run a variety of courses in a few different locations. Baskets and garden willow to name a few.
This one, the lampshade, is based in the Wotton Village Hall overlooking beautiful fields and trees, sometimes with a few cows to look at too.
Created from your own frame you can weave the basic structure in cane and then embellish it with a selection of materials...
Nestled in the Surrey Hills overlooking the fields is the Wotton Village Hall where we run the Tiffin course.
After teas, coffees and homemade cakes we talk you through the growing process of willow and how to prepare it for use.
Then step by step we teach you how to weave the Tiffin.
A rectangular basket, with rounded corners created from an oak base, which we cut, drill, sand and oil for the bottom.
Come for a full day and weave a wooden base to create some a beautiful woven round basket with or without a wooden handle.
Learning trac borders, three rod wale and either a traditional or spiral border your basket will be functional and stylish.
This basket workshop is ideal for beginners and we also cover where to source the materials and how to prepare them for use.
The Zarzo basket supposedly originated in Northern Spain where it was used by cheese makers for draining cheese.
The rounded flower basket on this course is a great basket for beginners, being very structural and methodical and not to strenuous on the hands and fingers.
The course starts with an introduction to willow, where it is grown, its preparation and the different varieties you can weave with.
Working in pairs to set the basket up,...