13:45 - 16:45
Tutor: Louise Arthur
ABOUT THE COURSE
Learn how to weave a lampshade from locally grown willow on this half-day course in the Hampshire South Downs. With a rising awareness of sustainable natural materials and handcrafted techniques willow lampshades make a wonderful choice for your home. On this course you will learn how to weave a drum shaped lampshade onto a 25cm metal hoop for a standard light fixing with an LED bulb. Beginners will use a trac border, randing and waling weaves, while those with more experience can use scalloms and more decorative weaves. All materials and tools supplied. Louise from Rough Around the Hedges will guide you through the workshop.
THE COURSE WILL GIVE YOU
- Skills in willow weaving techniques
- Knowledge on how to select suitable materials
- Understanding of how to grade, dry, store and soak willow
- Knowledge about the ecological credentials of willow
THIS COURSE IS SUITABLE FOR
This half day course is suitable for anyone with manual dexterity and patience.
WHAT TO BRING/WEAR
- This course will take place indoors.
- Sharp secateurs
- Packed lunch or lunch is available from The Beech Cafe on site
ABOUT THE TUTOR
Louise Arthur specialises in willow weaving and environmental education. She is highly skilled at making baskets from sustainable local willow and foraged hedgerow materials. These natural, biodegradable, little gems reflect the biodiversity of our countryside hedges and range in colour, texture and form. Louise is an exceptional teacher who has years of experience running outdoor education sessions with the Forestry Commission and at The Sustainability Centre. As an experienced workshop leader, she is passionate about sharing her love of willow crafts with adults and children.