Willow Frame Baskets Workshop
Fri 8 Sep 2017
Image: Windrush Willow
Create your own beautiful willow basket, perfect for collecting bountiful autumn fruits.
Frame baskets are one of the earliest known forms of willow work and many consider the most beautiful. During this fun, practical one day workshop you will be introduced to the specific techniques and weaves for these types of baskets. Whilst you work, you will hear about the history of this ancient tradition and learn about how willow is grown and harvested. You will discover the range of colours and designs together with the wonderful language of willow work including randing, butts, tips, slypes, mellowing, to name but a few!
As the day progresses you will find yourself immersed into the creativity and by the end you will have created your very own unique basket to take home – perfect for harvesting fruits, foraging or collecting eggs.
No previous experience is required. This is a perfect course for those starting out with willow work or for those wishing to learn a new technique.
About the Leader:
Suzanne and Richard Kerwood have been growing and weaving living willow in the UK since 1997 - a big contrast from their previous occupations (a bank officer and flying instructor respectively). Over the last 5 years they have specialised in bespoke projects including many restaurant interiors, various garden features and fencing. Based on the outskirts of Exeter, Windrush grows 150 varieties of living willow. The hand-planting, harvesting, drying and weaving gives them a real sense of pride in their work and efforts to achieve an environmentally balanced lifestyle.
Suzanne and Richard will also be teaching a Willow Basket Making Workshop on (Fri 17 – Sun 19 Mar and Fri 10 – Sun 12 Nov), Willow for the Garden Workshop (Fri 14 – Sat 15 Apr) and Festive Willow (Sat 25 Nov).
£85 pp - includes all tuition, materials as per above and morning tea.
Arrive from 9.15am for morning tea. The course will start at 9.30am and finish at 4pm.
What to bring:
All tools and materials are provided, however if you have a sharp pair of secateurs, a knifand notebook it would be useful.
Willow work can be a little messy so we recommend an apron or old clothes.
Coming from further afield or wish to extend you stay? We offer B&B accommodation.
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Comments from previous events:
Hard work but good outcome, first willow basket ever! Tutors very patient, learned such a lot about willows, varieties, and treatment needed for weaving. As always, warm welcome and great food - Jan.
Richard & Suzanne Kerwood