Who is the course for? This workshop is suitable for all, no experience of willow-weaving is required.
What are the aims of the course? For students to experience the joys of weaving with natural willow, and to create your own unique rustic willow decorations for you to take home to your garden.
What does the course involve? Using natural willow and basic basketry techniques, on this one-day workshop, you will create your own unique rustic willow decorations for your garden. Enhance your garden pots and borders with willow dragonflies that gently sway in the breeze, and willow sunflowers to brighten a shady corner or against a wall.
A certain amount of manual strength and dexterity is required when working with willow, however the projects covered in this workshop have been selected for their relative simplicity and suitability for beginners. Throughout the workshop students may occasionally use specialist basketry tools, most of which are either sharp or pointed, so a sensible and common sense approach to safety is essential.
On this workshop we will start with simple weaving to become accustomed to willow weaving techniques. We will then move on to weaving your own unique garden decorations in the shape of willow dragonflies that gently sway in the breeze, and willow sunflowers to brighten a shady corner or against a wall. By the end of the workshop, all students will have gained a taste of what working with willow is all about. These skills will enable students to progress to tackling more challenging basketry projects.
What topics will I be covering?
- Understanding types of willow used in basket making;
- Preparation of willow;
- How to manipulate willow;
- Use of basket makers’ tools;
- Basic weaving techniques
Do I need any previous knowledge or entry qualifications? No previous knowledge of basketry or experience of weaving with willow is required for this workshop.
What do I need to prepare for the course? No preparation is required.
How much time do I need to spend on home study? There is no home study.
Materials required: There will be an additional cost of £8.00 for materials (willow). This is NOT included in the workshop fee. This fee will be payable directly to the tutor during the workshop.
The tutor provides all specialist tools required for the workshop, for use in the classroom.
Please wear practical clothing and bring a work apron – damp willow can be a bit dirty.
What could the course lead to? This course could lead to:
- Further willow-weaving workshops.
- Beginner’s basket-making courses tackling more challenging projects, such as producing a small shopping basket or garden trug.
If you have any other queries or needed further infromation about the course please contact the Head of Leisure, Demelsa Healey, on email@example.com.