We're offering three courses:

  • MAKE A PLANT SUPPORT IN A DAY                    Saturday 22 April - Sold Out
  • BEGINNERS FRAME BASKET DAY                        Friday 28 April - Sold Out
  • THREE DAY BEGINNER / INTERMEDIATE BASKETMAKING: 
    THE AZOREAN LUNCH BASKET                            5-7 July

MAKE A PLANT SUPPORT IN A DAY  

Using coloured willow grown by Annemarie and Tom in East Sussex, you will learn how to make a beautiful and strong plant support for your sweet peas. 

WHEN: Friday 21st April (SORRY SOLD OUT) 
or Saturday 22nd April
TIME: 10.30am-4pm
COST: £120 per day
WHERE: Isfield, near Lewes, East Sussex


WHAT WILL YOU LEARN:

  • How to select willow to make a plant support
  • How to weave a 3 rod wale
  • How to make secure joins
  • How to make strong bindings

In the morning, you will complete a willow plant support, at a size to suit your garden or your transport home.
These can be large or small.

In the afternoon, you will have a chance to use the techniques learnt to make a different structure, such as a plant protector, or a second plant support.

At the end of the day you will have one or two lovely garden structures to take home.
 

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
A light vegetarian lunch
Tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day
All materials and tuition

WHO IS THIS SUITABLE FOR:
Suitable for total beginners and those with experience.
Ideally you should be able to comfortably kneel to do some of the work.

PLEASE NOTE: We will be working outdoors, whatever the weather, so please come prepared.
You will need to wear waterproof trousers or bring something waterproof to kneel on.


BEGINNERS BASKET IN A DAY                                                                                    Friday 28 April

Using willow grown by me in Sussex, you will learn to make a simple and beautiful frame basket using a wooden former.
This is an ideal first basketry project or great for those with experience.
WHEN: Friday 28 April
TIME: 10am-4.30pm
COST: £90
WHERE: Isfield, near Lewes, East Sussex


WHAT WILL YOU LEARN:

  • How to prepare and select willow for weaving
  • How to make a basket using an elegant and systematic weave

 

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
A light vegetarian lunch
Tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day
All materials and tuition

 

WHO IS THIS SUITABLE FOR:
This is suitable for total beginners or anyone who has experience working with willow.


THREE DAY BEGINNER / INTERMEDIATE BASKETMAKING:                5-7 July
THE AZOREAN LUNCH BASKET

 

Using Somerset buff willow you will learn to make an elegant lunch basket.
This was a basket used by children in the Azores to carry their lunch to school.
Making this basket covers a huge number of techniques. So satisfying!

WHEN: 5-7 July
TIME: 10am-4.30pm
COST: £270
WHERE: Isfield, near Lewes, East Sussex


WHAT WILL YOU LEARN:

  • How to begin to read a basket and select materials
  • Continental oval base
  • French rand
  • 3 rod wale
  • Rod border
  • Lid
  • Hinges and fastenings
  • Skeined handles

 

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
A light vegetarian lunch
Tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day
All materials and tuition

 

WHO IS THIS SUITABLE FOR:
This course is a good beginners project in oval basket making, and for more advanced makers this is a great opportunity to learn about lids, fastenings and fixings.