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 number of willow items which will give you the chance to practice basket making techniques before making your own basket. On Saturday, you will learn how to weave a decorative willow flower, which is the same technique used to weave the base of a stake and strand basket. Later on in the day, you will weave a willow drum-shaped lampshade using randing and waling weaves. On Sunday, you will put the skills you have practised making the flowers and lampshade together to make a small stake and strand basket, with different border options depending on your experience. Various colours of sustainably-sourced willow will be supplied to help you create beautiful decorative pieces.
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.