Country Willow Frame Baskets

Country Willow Frame Baskets


Tutor: Hazel Godfrey

Date Available: 

  • 14 - 15 July

2 day course: 10am - 4pm

Create a beautiful organic willow basket perfect for harvesting fruit and garden produce, foraging or collecting eggs.

During this two-day course you will discover the techniques and principles used to make this ancient form of basket.

You will learn how to construct a frame for your weaving using willow hoops and traditional binding methods, and explore shaping options as ribs are introduced before and during the weaving process. Hazel will demonstrate each process and explain the principles of strength, balance and tension required to achieve a good shape for your basket. You will also learn about how willow is grown and harvested, different methods of preparation and associated terminology. There will also be a brief introduction to alternative weaving materials. A factsheet will be available containing useful diagrams, terminology, and tips for sourcing materials, tools and suppliers.

This course is suitable for beginners.

By the end of the course you will have made a useful frame basket approximately 25cms in diameter. You will be familiar with the principles of willow frame basketry and have the knowledge to confidently purchase materials in the future, and some tips for experimenting with gathered materials.

What to bring;

Tools are provided, but if you have a sharp pair of secateurs it would be useful. Please bring an old bath towel or similar for keeping your willow damp during the day. It is advisable to bring an apron or wear old clothes.

Material fee:

There will be an additional fee of £7 for materials and the option of buying some alternative materials that can add contrast and colour to your work if desired.

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