ABOUT THE COURSE
Spend a weekend engrossed in developing your skills in willow weaving and basketry on this course in the Hampshire South Downs. On this progressive course, you will weave a lampshade and a basket, giving you the chance to develop and practice basket making techniques. On Saturday, you will weave a willow drum-shaped lampshade using randing and waling weaves. On Sunday, you will build on the skills you have developed making the lampshade to make a small stake and strand basket, with different border options depending on your experience.
THE COURSE WILL GIVE YOU
- Skills in crafting with willow, willow weaving and willow basketry 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
No previous experience is needed, but good manual dexterity, hand strength and patience is required. If you have a recent injury, please check with us first.
WHAT TO BRING/WEAR
- Warm work clothes
- Sharp secateurs if you have some
- 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 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 a member if the Basket Makers’ Association and the Heritage Crafts Association. As an experienced workshop leader, she is passionate about sharing her love of willow crafts with adults and children.
You can get 10% discount when you stay with us during your course for 2 nights or more in our campsite or eco lodge. Please call us on 01730 823166 to make your accommodation booking. Our reception is open Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm.