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Willow Frame Baskets in a Day

Sunday 22 April 2018 09:30 - 16:30


Create your own beautiful willow basket, perfect for collecting garden produce.

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 learning the wonderful language of willow work including randing, butts, tips, slypes, mellowing, to name but a few terms.

As the day progresses you will create your very own unique basket to take home – lovely to keep or to give as a special gift.

No previous experience is required. This is a perfect course for those starting out or for those with some willow experience wishing to learn a new technique.

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 6 years they have specialised in bespoke projects including creating 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.

Prices: Day Workshop: £85 pp includes all tuition, materials for your basket, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

Times: Arrive from 9.15am for morning tea. The course will start at 9.30am and finish at 4.30pm.

What to bring: Tools and materials are provided, however if you have a sharp pair of secateurs, a knife and notebook it would be useful.  Willow work can be a little messy so we recommend an apron or old clothes.

Why not make a long weekend of it to really expand your willow repertoire and take part in Wigwam Willow Garden Supports (Fri 20th April) and Fun Willow Garden Decorations (Sat 21st) and book a B&B? 

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